The Seattle Mariners' Matt Young pitched his first shutout since 1983, his rookie season, stopping the Baltimore Orioles tonight on five singles, 4-0.
Young (8-14), who struck out seven and walked three, had lost six in a row since winning June 25. "I was real down. I thought the whole world was biting at me," he said.
Phil Bradley provided much of the Mariners' offense, driving in three runs with a home run and a single. Alan Wiggins had three of the Orioles' five hits.
The Mariners touched Scott McGregor (10-11) for two runs in the third inning on Bradley's 18th home run, after Jack Perconte had reached on an infield hit.
The Orioles generated plenty of excitement in the fourth. Wiggins singled and advanced to second with his 21st stolen base. Young then walked Lee Lacy and the fun began.
Wiggins and Lacy tried a double steal, but catcher Bob Kearney fired a strike to Jim Presley at third to catch the fleet Wiggins cold.
But third base coach Cal Ripken Sr. didn't like the strike call on the batter -- his son, Cal Jr. -- so he charged home plate umpire Dale Ford. After one minute of heated arguing, Ripken got his second ejection this season. That ended the Orioles' rally, too. Ripken Jr. bounced out, Eddie Murray was walked and Fred Lynn grounded out.
Seattle knocked McGregor from the mound in the fifth. Singles by Spike Owen and Perconte and Bradley's double put the Mariners ahead, 3-0, and it became 4-0 on Al Cowens' RBI groundout. With Bradley on second and just one out, McGregor gave an intentional pass to Gorman Thomas before retiring Alvin Davis on a deep fly to center.
With the right-handed power-hitting Presley coming up, Manager Earl Weaver went to the bullpen for Sammy Stewart, who got Presley on a long fly to Lacy in right.
The Orioles got singles by Murray and Lynn leading off the seventh, but Young then recorded two strikeouts and a flyout.
After the Orioles' 11-8 victory Wednesday -- in which they had a 10-0 lead -- Weaver was upset with reliever Tippy Martinez.
Martinez drew Weaver's wrath after he allowed a single in the seventh inning and walked the next two Mariners to load the bases with the Orioles ahead, 10-4.
"We bring in Tippy with the six-run lead so we could give him work, but he either complains about getting too much work or too little work," Weaver said. "He can stand in the bullpen and throw strikes from the warmup mound, but when he comes out to the field, he wasn't doing it. It's the same-size plate and the same distance to the mound, but now that he's in the game, he's not getting the ball over the plate.
"We may have used him badly since he's been in Baltimore, but he's certainly gotten paid well to be misused. Maybe it's best not to use him at all."