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Two out, bottom of the ninth. The Baltimore Orioles are trailing the Chicago White Sox by two runs.
The Orioles got five straight singles and three runs to win, 5-4, tonight in a 3 hour 16 minute game.
The Orioles increased their lead in the American League East to two games over Detroit, which lost, 12-3, to New York.
Rich Dauer singled home John Lowenstein off a 2-0 pitch by Dick Tidrow for the winning hit. Mike Boddicker remained undefeated at Memorial Stadium (7-0) to increase his overall record to 8-5.
Chicago had taken a 4-2 lead in the ninth on Greg Luzinski's 21st homer of the season. Al Bumbry opened the Orioles' half of the inning with a single off reliever Salome Barojas, but Dennis Lamp got Dan Ford to ground into a double play.
But Cal Ripken, Eddie Murray, Lowenstein and Ken Singleton singled, making it 4-4. Tidrow came on to pitch to Dauer, who singled to right to complete an incredible comeback for the Orioles on a night designated to honor Brooks Robinson.
Baltimore Manager Joe Altobelli made it sound easy: "All I did was sit there and watch guys hit singles."
"It was a fast ball and in," said Dauer of the pitch he hit for the game winner. "I didn't get around on it too much. I wasn't trying to pull the ball, just trying to go up the middle.
"It just fell in. These kind of situations are few and far between. It's usually done by Murray, Ripken or Singleton. I usually just bunt them over. When I have to do it, we're going to lose games."
A crowd of 39,544 was in Memorial Stadium for Brooks Robinson Hall of Fame Night. Never mind the downpour that delayed Robinson's appearance in a shiny, white Chrysler New Yorker until 9:23.
After a delay of 1 hour 56 minutes, Boddicker, who entered the game with a 1.69 ERA at Memorial Stadium, started shakily, giving up two runs after getting the first two outs. First, Harold Baines sent his 10th home run over the right field fence on a 1-0 breaking pitch that stayed up and over the plate.
Luzinski, hitting .400 in his last seven games, followed with a single to center. Rookie first baseman Greg Walker hit Boddicker's first pitch deep to center for a triple, scoring Luzinski.
Boddicker eased out of the inning by getting Ron Kittle (four for 32) to pop out to shortstop Ripken.
The Orioles blew a first-inning opportunity against Randy Martz, who was making his first appearance of the season after going 11-10 for the Cubs last season. Bumbry grounded a single to right. Ford, who had been hitting .341 since coming off the disabled list July 20, singled off an 0-1 fast ball and took second on Kittle's throw to third baseman Vance Law.
The heart of the Orioles' order flopped. First, a struggling Ripken (one for 19), struck out on a fast ball that caught the corner after fouling off six straight 3-2 pitches.
Then Murray, who hit sensationally in Cleveland this week (seven for 13), grounded out.
Baltimore's malaise continued when Lowenstein, who, like Ripken, has been slumping badly (four for 35) flied to shallow left.
Baines made it 3-0 with an RBI single in the sixth. The Orioles cut it to 3-2 in the bottom of the inning as Rick Dempsey and pinch hitter Jim Dwyer singled in runs.