Mike Young had three hits, including a three-run homer, to lead a 14-hit offense and power the Baltimore Orioles to a 9-4 victory tonight over the Texas Rangers.
Baltimore starter Dennis Martinez allowed eight hits and all four Texas runs in 4 2/3 innings. Sammy Stewart (5-4) finished up with two-hit relief for the victory.
"It's been something like six or seven days that I haven't pitched but the Texas heat warmed me up," Stewart said.
Texas, which has lost nine of its last 10 games, took a 1-0 lead in the first on Wayne Tolleson's triple and Pete O'Brien's groundout.
Baltimore then touched Mike Mason (5-11) for five runs in the second. Gary Roenicke led off with a walk and went to second on Young's infield hit. Rick Dempsey singled in Roenicke. One out later, John Shelby doubled in Young to make it 2-1.
An error by Tolleson allowed Alan Wiggins to reach second and score Dempsey and Shelby for a 4-1 lead. Wiggins stole third and scored on Lee Lacy's single.
In the third, Tolleson tripled again and scored again on O'Brien's groundout. In the fourth, the Orioles took a 6-2 lead on Fred Lynn's sacrifice fly.
Dwayne Walker led off the Rangers' fourth with his third homer and George Wright led off the fifth with his first homer, making it 6-4.
Young hit his 15th homer off Dave Stewart in the sixth, driving in Cal Ripken and Lynn for a 9-4 lead.
"It was a good pitch he threw me," Young said. "It was down low and I kind of golfed it out. It surprised me it went out as fast as it did."
Orioles Manager Earl Weaver and Dempsey were ejected in the fourth inning for arguing with home plate umpire John Hirschbeck.