Eddie Murray ended a 6-6 tie with a run-scoring single in the seventh inning, and Larry Sheets and Mike Young homered as the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Indians, 8-6, last night in Cleveland.
Winner Sammy Stewart (4-4) pitched five innings in relief of Scott McGregor, yielding one run on one hit. The Orioles got 16 hits, three by Cal Ripken.
"When I was warming up, I felt dizzy-headed," Stewart said. "It actually put me in a position to pitch better because it made me concentrate and not overthrow. I had a nice, relaxed arm. I've got a touch of flu, I guess."
Cleveland had taken a 6-5 lead in the sixth on Brook Jacoby's 12th homer, the only hit off Stewart.
Rick Dempsey singled leading off the Orioles' seventh, knocking out starter Verne Ruhle in favor of Rich Thompson (3-5). After an error and a double play, Ripken tied the score with a double and Murray, who got a sacrifice fly in the ninth, singled.
Baltimore took a 1-0 lead in the first, when Alan Wiggins walked and eventually scored as Ripken grounded into a double play. An error by Ripken at shortstop allowed the Indians to tie it in the second.
Both teams scored three runs in the third. Lee Lacy doubled and scored on Ripken's single before Sheets' 11th home run. In the bottom of the inning, Andre Thornton lined a two-run homer, his seventh, and Jacoby's RBI single tied the score, 4-all.
Cleveland took a 5-4 lead in the fourth on Brett Butler's RBI single, but the Orioles tied it in the sixth on Young's 12th homer.
In the fifth, a fan deflected Lacy's drive out of the glove of Joe Carter, who had reached above the wall. Third-base umpire John Hirschbeck called Lacy out on interference, and Orioles Manager Earl Weaver played the game under protest.