The box score says that Danny Darwin and Odell Jones pitched a four-hitter to beat the Baltimore Orioles, 2-1, today, and that Bucky Dent's single provided the winning run.
But at least one of the Orioles says a "fat and lazy" umpire beat them.
"As far as I'm concerned, we should have won the game, 1-0," Ray Miller, the pitching coach, said. Miller and the Orioles blame umpire Ken Kaiser for the defeat and Miller went so far as to call him "fat and lazy."
In the first inning, Kaiser ruled that Larry Parrish of the Rangers had checked his swing on a 2-2 pitch. When the Orioles argued, Kaiser ejected Eddie Murray, the team's power-hitting first baseman.
Baltimore Manager Joe Altobelli said Murray "didn't say anything (to Kaiser). He just looked at him."
Then in the second inning, Kaiser called Pete O'Brien of Texas safe on a close play at the plate.
"He was out," catcher Rick Dempsey of the Orioles said later. "I tagged him right on the foot. He is a bad umpire and he is getting worse."
Altobelli said O'Brien "was out by three feet." Manager Doug Rader of the Rangers agreed O'Brien was out.
Darwin (2-3) pitched 6 2/3 innings, then Jones held the Orioles hitless thereafter.
The Rangers got their runs in the second inning off Dennis Martinez (3-6). O'Brien singled, then Jim Sundberg doubled, resulting in the close play at the plate. Dent's single made it 2-0.
Baltimore's run, in the seventh, was unearned. Cal Ripken Jr. singled and moved to second on a grounder. Then Lenn Sakata hit a blooper between first and second base. Second baseman Wayne Tolleson bobbled the ball, then picked it up and threw wildly toward first base.
Saturday night here, Sakata's double in the 11th inning broke a 10-10 tie and the Orioles went on to an 14-11 victory.
The Rangers set a team record by getting 22 hits--Sundberg had five--but the Orioles got 19. Tippy Martinez (1-1) was the winner.