Slumping Brian Downing of the Angels guessed what pitch Dennis Martinez would throw him in the sixth inning today and it cost the Baltimore Orioles a 7-3 defeat.
"The way I'd been swinging," Downing said, "I figured he would have to throw me a fast ball and I started my swing early."
Downing's homer broke a 3-3 tie and helped California win the series, two games to one.
The Orioles hadn't lost a series here in five years. And the two pitchers who beat them today started the game with a combined record of 0-4 and ERAs resembling the Angels' payroll.
Dave Goltz, who pitched so badly the Dodgers paid him to leave, started his first game this season. Then Mike Witt (1-3), who had pitched so badly that he had lost his job to Goltz, relieved in the sixth. No matter; the Orioles got only eight hits.
Manager John McNamara of the Angels isn't sure if Goltz has taken Witt's job or vice versa.
Manager Joe Altobelli isn't sure of his pitching, either. Martinez is 1-4, has a 5.47 ERA and has been knocked out in all of his five starts.
"We went a little longer with him this time (five-plus innings)," Altobelli said. "We haven't made any decisions, though."
Downing and Rod Carew worried Altobelli, too. Carew tripled, doubled and singled twice to raise his average to .453.
After Downing's homer, Juan Beniquez doubled to knock out Martinez. Rob Wilfong singled off Sammy Stewart to make it 5-3.
The Angels had taken a 1-0 lead in the first when Carew tripled and scored on Foli's fly ball.
The Orioles tied it in the third on Al Bumbry's RBI double, but the Angels got a run in the fourth when Downing singled, stole second and Beniquez singled.
Bumbry's infield grounder tied the game again in the fifth.
But Carew doubled in the California fifth, and ended up scoring on a grounder.
Cal Ripken Jr. led off the sixth with his second homer of the season and it was a tie game again.
Bob Boone and Tim Foli drove in California runs in the eighth.
The game attracted 43,521 fans.