Joe Carter singled, doubled and homered to end a three-for-24 slump, and Pat Tabler had four RBI as the Cleveland Indians defeated the visiting Baltimore Orioles, 11-5, yesterday, overcoming two homers by Baltimore's Rick Dempsey.
"I just hope the players videotaped this in their thick heads," said Cleveland Manager Pat Corrales. "It's a lesson to a team -- play as a team and you'll win."
Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken made two errors as the Indians scored three unearned runs to break a 5-5 tie in the fifth. He bobbled Tabler's ground ball to start the inning. After George Vukovich singled, Carter doubled and Ripken mishandled the relay, allowing two runs. Carter came home on Brett Butler's single to make it 8-5.
Carter homered in the seventh against Tippy Martinez, and Tabler hit a two-run homer in the eighth against Don Aase. Julio Franco had four hits, raising his league-leading average to .556.
The Indians took a 5-0 lead after three innings against starter Storm Davis, scoring single runs on ground outs by Tabler in the first and Chris Bando in the second, and adding three in the third on Tabler's RBI single and a two-run double by Brook Jacoby.
The Orioles played without first baseman Eddie Murray, who had returned home to Los Angeles because of the death of his sister Lucilla. She died Wednesday night from complications related to a heart condition, the team said.
Murray, who had played in 171 straight games, was expected to miss the team's weekend series in Toronto and possibly the next series against Texas.
The Orioles also said pitcher Scott McGregor, who has been bothered by blurred vision, was returning to Baltimore to undergo an extensive physical examination.