John Shelby had started 22 games in place of Fred Lynn after Lynn reinjured his left ankle Aug. 24 in Oakland. Tonight, both started for Baltimore -- Lynn in center field and Shelby in right -- and both hit home runs as the Orioles defeated the Milwaukee Brewers, 4-2, before 15,060 at Memorial Stadium.
"As long as Shelby's hitting, he's playing," said Orioles Manager Earl Weaver. "And he's been hitting great."
Scott McGregor (13-12) allowed home runs to Paul Householder, in the third inning, and to Paul Molitor, in the sixth, but otherwise had little difficulty winning his third straight decision. McGregor has not lost to the Brewers since May 10, 1980.
But it seems almost no one in a Baltimore uniform can lose to the Brewers at Memorial Stadium. The Orioles have won all six games between the teams here this year and 20 of 22. Since 1982, the Orioles are 35-13 against Milwaukee overall for a .729 winning percentage.
It was the second straight complete-game victory for Baltimore. Ken Dixon shut out the Brewers Wednesday night.
"It's a big thing for us (the pitching staff) to prove that we're still capable," McGregor said. "Everyone has been healthy. We just stunk mentally earlier in the year. We all did."
Milwaukee starter Tim Leary (1-1) was making his second start since being called up from AAA Vancouver Sept. 11.
He had trouble tonight at the start. Leading off the first, Shelby hit a 1-2 pitch over the wall in left center, his seventh homer. The next batter, Floyd Rayford, hit a line drive right at shortstop Earnest Riles. After Cal Ripken grounded to third, Eddie Murray singled to center. Lynn bounced out to Leary to end the first.
McGregor retired the first six Brewers he faced before Householder led off the third with his seventh homer of the season and his fourth in his last nine games.
Molitor led off the sixth with his ninth homer, into the left field seats, giving the Brewers a short-lived 2-1 lead.
Ripken opened the Orioles' sixth with a double down the third base line, his second hit of the game. A passed ball by Charlie Moore allowed Ripken to go to third and he scored on Murray's slow bouncer to second. It was Murray's 114th RBI, second in the league to New York's Don Mattingly.
Leary worked the count full on Lynn before throwing a high fast ball that Lynn hit over wall in center for his 21st homer.
The Orioles scored again in the eighth on Jim Dwyer's sacrifice fly. It was Dwyer's eighth RBI as a pinch hitter, tops in the major leagues.