The glory here tonight deservedly went to Fred Lynn, whose 200th career home run, with one out in the ninth, gave Baltimore a 6-5 victory over Minnesota before 27,114 at Memorial Stadium.
But the Orioles might have been hopelessly behind without splendid relief work from Sammy Stewart and Don Aase, who pitched the final two innings to run his record this season to 4-0.
Baltimore also got two-run homers from Mike Young, who tied the game, 2-2, in the second, and from rookie Larry Sheets, who tied it again, 5-5, in the seventh.
"With this club, I don't know how many runs it will take (from the opponent) before this team gives up," said Sheets, who had three hits. "It was just a typical 1985 Oriole game."
It was typical, not just because the Orioles came from behind to win, but because the relief pitching continues to improve.
Baltimore starter Dennis Martinez, who gave up five runs and nine hits in 1 1/3 innings Saturday night at Minnesota, was pulled after 2 2/3 innings tonight, having given up four runs and seven hits.
Three of Minnesota's first four hitters hit safely, including Tom Brunansky, who doubled in two runs. After Young's fourth homer of the season tied it, Martinez came back to give up a one-run home run to Kent Hrbek and allow two more batters to get on base.
The home fans vocally expressed their pleasure when Martinez was removed in favor of Stewart.
Stewart did give up an RBI single to Gary Gaetti (the run was charged to Martinez), which made it 4-2, and then walked Tim Teufel. But he retired 13 of the next 16 batters, allowing a home run to Brunansky in the seventh, which increased Minnesota's lead to 5-3.
But the Orioles hitters were quite satisfied to be within two runs with three innings to go.
When asked to describe the mood in the Orioles' dugout when Stewart came in, Sheets said, "You hold 'em there, we'll get 'em."
So they did. The Orioles had 13 hits, but left 10 men on base, including two runners in each of four consecutive innings.
Lynn doubled with one out in the seventh, and scored when Sheets hit one so high it seemed to take minutes before dropping into the right field bleachers. The pitch from Twins reliever Rick Lysander didn't make his manager, Billy Gardner, very happy.
Gardner, no doubt, was smiling in the sixth. He had to remove starter John Butcher, who had thrown 119 pitches in 5 1/3 innings, but Lysander came in and got Cal Ripken to ground into an inning-ending double play.
Gardner said of Lysander's pitch to Sheets: "He had nothing on it. You don't want to throw a fast ball to him, but you don't want to give him a cookie to hit out. The ball had nothing on it."
With the game tied, Aase came on to pitch in the eighth. He allowed a leadoff double to Gaetti, but retired the next six men in order. Since April 27, Aase has worked 12 2/3 innings in six relief appearances and allowed only one run while winning three games and saving one.
"The bullpen has done a really strong job," Orioles Manager Joe Altobelli said. "Every one of them, but Sammy in particular. Four times this year, Sammy's been involved by the fourth inning. Tonight, he pitched parts of five innings."
What all three pitchers were able to do was keep Minnesota's first two hitters -- Kirby Puckett and Mickey Hatcher -- off base. The two rank first and second in the American League in hits.
Puckett reached base once tonight, on a walk, and was zero for four. Hatcher had a hit and scored in the first inning, but was hitless in his final four at bats. "That's the key to Minnesota's offense," Sheets said. "Once they get those guys on, a lot happens for them."
Aase said, "Sammy's holding them (the Twins) was the key to the game, right there. With our club, if we can hold the opponent just a couple of innings, these guys will come back."
Once Aase left the mound, all he had to do was sit and wait for someone to produce. This time it was Lynn, who hit his home run off Ron Davis (1-2).
"He is obviously a power pitcher," said Lynn, "and with the kind of fast ball he threw Ripken (a third strike in the eighth), I had to look fast ball. I knew it when I hit it. I've hit enough of them to know that I hit that one pretty good.
"One of the grounds crew got the ball for me. It's the first ball I ever got in my career."
Aase, in his first season with the Orioles after eight with Boston and California, said, "I've seen this so many times on the other side. It's nice to be on this side now."