Pinch runner Barbaro Garbey broke an eighth-inning tie when he scored from second on Cal Ripken's two-out throwing error, then Lance Parrish added a two-run single today as the Detroit Tigers beat the Baltimore Orioles, 4-1.
Johnny Grubb started the inning with a single and was replaced by Garbey. Garbey went to second on an infield out and Lou Whitaker was walked intentionally. Alan Trammell hit a routine grounder to shortstop, but Ripken threw wildly over the head of first baseman Eddie Murray, sending Whitaker to third and Trammell to second. Kirk Gibson was intentionally walked and Parrish followed with his single.
"My play was first base all the way," said Ripken, noting that he never tried for the force at second because the runners were moving. "There was no slip. I just came up and threw high."
Orioles Manager Earl Weaver was not too upset with the error. "You can make a hundred of those a year and still be a good defensive team," he said. "It all depends on when they happen and what happens after. It's what happened after that that hurt (Parrish's two-run single)."
Willie Hernandez (8-9) was the winning pitcher in relief of Jack Morris. Sammy Stewart (5-5) was the loser.
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning on Trammell's bunt single, Kirk Gibson's single and Darrell Evans' sacrifice fly.
Morris had retired 10 Orioles in a row when Mike Young hit his 27th homer of the season to lead off the seventh. Morris, who allowed three hits and struck out seven, left the game after the seventh because of a tight shoulder.
When asked about Morris, Tigers Manager Sparky Anderson said: "He would have kept pitching if we were in a pennant race."
Whitaker drove Baltimore starting pitcher Storm Davis from the game in the first inning. Whitaker lined Davis' second pitch off of Davis' right leg. Davis was taken to Henry Ford Hospital for X-rays, which were negative. Nate Snell replaced Davis and pitched 6 2/3 innings.