Fred Lynn won Thursday's game with dramatic ninth-inning home run. Tonight, he had help in the long ball department.
Mike Young, Cal Ripken and Lynn lost balls thrown by Chicago starter Gene Nelson as the Baltimore Orioles defeated the White Sox, 10-3, before 48,744 in Memorial Stadium.
"We have the capability to hit the ball and score a lot of runs," said Ripken, who hit his 14th home run of the season 15 rows deep in left field in the fifth inning. "Tonight, everyone seemed to be hitting, everyone seemed to contribute. Some games we've had a couple guys hot, and a couple take 0-fers."
It's a long season, and Ripken hesitated to put too much emphasis on one win.
"I've heard (Manager) Earl (Weaver) say that it's tough to carry momentum, because there's a new pitcher out there each night," Ripken said. "But at the same time, confidence builds when you win. When you're hitting well, you think you're going to get a hit every time up. When you're thinking positively, positive things tend to happen. The confidence level goes up, but I don't know if I'd call it momentum."
Ken Dixon (5-3) got the start with only two hours notice. Storm Davis was scheduled to go against Nelson, but pulled a hamstring while shagging flies during batting practice Thursday. With the All-Star break coming up, Weaver doesn't expect Davis to miss a start.
Dixon was solid if not outstanding. He gave up three runs on four hits in six innings of work, before Don Aase came on with two men on and no outs in the sixth. Aase held the weak-hitting White Sox (.237 team average) hitless for his third save.
"We didn't have to struggle as much as in other games," Weaver said. "Aase was strong because of (Mike) Boddicker's performance (Wednesday) and the good job by Sammy (Stewart) last night. Dixon had good stuff, though he lost his control a little in the sixth. He's in a learning process . . . He got to the ballpark, found the ball in his locker and did a hell of a job."
Dixon said he wasn't fazed by the short notice or the three days rest. It was his first win since May 17.
"It's been a long time for me," he said of time between victories. "It was one the team needed and one I needed. If you come out on top there's no way you can complain."
The Orioles got on the scoreboard first, scoring two runs in the second. Lynn was hit on the thigh with the first pitch of the inning by Nelson, apparently in retribution for Dixon hitting Carlton Fisk in the top of the second. Larry Sheets reached base on a catcher's interference call and Wayne Gross walked to load the bases. After Lynn was forced at home, Rick Dempsey doubled off the wall in left for a 2-0 lead.
After hitting his 16th home run in the fifth inning, Lynn left for a pinch hitter in the seventh because his thigh was swelling and he had a back spasm. Weaver expects him to be ready for Saturday's game.
The White Sox tied the game with two runs in the third on singles by Tim Hulett, Ozzie Guillen and Scott Fletcher. In the fourth, the visitors went up, 3-2, on Fisk's 23rd homer of the season.
It was a short lead. After Gross had singled to right, Young hit his seventh home run of the season to make it 4-3.
The ball continued to fly out in the fifth. Ripken led off with his homer, and with one out, Lynn sent the last pitch of the night from Nelson (5-4) over the wall in right for a 6-3 lead.
John Shelby hit for Lynn in the seventh, and in the eighth drove in the last run of the game with a single to left.
Dixon walked Harold Baines and Greg Walker to start the sixth, so Weaver brought in Aase to face the potential tying run in Fisk. Aase fanned Fisk and got Jerry Hairston to hit into a double play.
The bottom of the Orioles lineup started the action again in the sixth. Young and Dempsey singled and moved up on Alan Wiggins' sacrifice bunt. Both scored when Lee Lacy doubled to right, thereby extending his hitting streak to 15 games.
Dempsey got his third hit and third RBI of the night in the seventh, on a check-swing double down the right field line that scored Sheets. "Two hits were lucky and one was good," Dempsey said. "I'll take the one that was good every night. I'll take the two that were lucky too, come to think of it."
The Orioles still are discussing with the Texas Rangers a possible trade for Ranger third baseman Buddy Bell.
"We're continuing to talk to Texas," Orioles General Manager Hank Peters said. "It's really their deal insofar as they're talking to many clubs. If you classified the 10 clubs he's (Texas GM Tom Grieve) talked to in terms of 'no interest,' 'some interest,' and 'greater interest,' we'd be in the 'greater interest' group."