Fred Lynn collected three hits and scored twice and Cleveland committed two eighth-inning errors to help the Baltimore Orioles score three runs and take a 6-3 victory today over the Indians.
Sammy Stewart got the victory with 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief as the Orioles ended a two-game losing streak. Cleveland lost for the sixth time in seven games.
Cleveland Manager Pat Corrales was furious with his club afterward. "You can't give any team four or five outs an inning," he said.
"If it wasn't raining, I'd make them go right back out there and practice for an hour or two. You just can't play like that and expect to beat anybody -- the Baltimore Orioles or the Westlake Little League club."
"Now, I would've been angry if we didn't capitalize on the errors," said the Orioles' manager, Joe Altobelli. "You get an opening, you should storm through it."
With the score tied 3-3, Lenn Sakata singled to open the eighth. Reliever Jose Roman (0-1) then threw wildly to second on Rick Dempsey's bunt and Dan Ford bunted safely to fill the bases.
"Jose didn't think," Corrales said. "He should've got the easy out at first."
Sakata scored when Cleveland third baseman Brook Jacoby, who had homered to tie it in the sixth, booted Wayne Gross' grounder. "He took his eye off the ball and his mind off the game," said Corrales. "Real nice."
Dempsey came home when Cal Ripken grounded into a force. Dave Von Ohlen relieved Roman and walked Lynn to reload the bases before Gary Roenicke made it 6-3 with an infield single.
"It was cold, and that's why I think the Tribe had some goof-ups," Stewart said. "My toes were numb in 10 minutes, but I managed to put the pitches where I wanted them.
"We usually don't need breaks. We can rely on power and good pitching. But when you're doing things wrong, as we have been, you need a few breaks."
Cleveland took a 2-0 lead against starter Scott McGregor in the first.
Julio Franco and Joe Carter walked and Pat Tabler singled for one run, with Carter moving to third. With Jacoby batting, Tabler broke for second and got caught in a rundown, and Carter scored when Eddie Murray dropped the ball attempting to throw home.
But Baltimore, which left 15 men on base, scored in the second, fourth and fifth off Don Schulze to take a 3-2 lead.
Lynn singled and scored on Larry Sheets' single in the second, then singled in the fourth and scored on Sheets' grounder. In the fifth, Murray singled, took third on Lynn's single, and came home on Roenicke's sacrifice fly.
McGregor struggled through 6 1/3 innings, giving up seven hits and two earned runs while battling with blurry vision.
"I get something like migraine headaches without the headaches," he said. "I get blurred vision. It happened today in the fifth inning."