All was quiet in Earl Weaver's office after tonight's game. The Orioles' hitting, which has been getting Weaver hot lately, finally gave him reason to relax.
The Orioles rallied from a 4-0 deficit, as Fred Lynn lined a two-out single in the eighth inning to score the go-ahead run and John Stefero followed with his first major league home run -- with two on -- to help the Orioles defeat the Toronto Blue Jays, 11-5, before 22,659 at Memorial Stadium.
"I said we've been saving these hits and runs for a long time," said Weaver. "We've been getting hits, but not like this. Maybe it will set us off.
"It's a win. You like wins. The thing about baseball is we have to come back and do it tomorrow night."
Said Lynn, who didn't start because of back problems but entered the game in the seventh to go two for two: "You don't want to get swept in your own park. You just keep battling, swinging. Sooner or later they have to fall in, or sooner or later the guys with the rubber jackets come and take you away."
The Orioles, who were shut out through five innings by Jimmy Key on two hits, started their comeback in the sixth against Key, whose earned run average before the game was 17.28.
They scored two runs in the sixth and three in the seventh to take a 5-4 lead. After Toronto tied the game at 5 in the top half of eighth on Rick Leach's RBI single, Baltimore went to work on Blue Jays reliever Tom Henke (2-1), who gave up six runs.
Brad Havens (1-1), who relieved Rich Bordi in the eighth and got the last six outs, earned his first major league victory since July 24, 1983.
The Orioles (9-8) remained tied with Boston for second place and both moved three games behind the New York Yankees (12-5), who lost to Cleveland, 3-2.
After Toronto tied the game at 5 in the top of the eighth, the Blue Jays' manager, Jimy Williams, decided to bring in Henke to replace Bill Caudill, who had gotten the last out the previous inning.
Henke struck out two of the first three batters he faced, then Dwyer doubled to right field. Mike Young walked and Lynn took a 3-2 pitch to right field to score Dwyer.
"There's nothing mysterious about him," said Lynn of Henke. "In a jam, he'll come at you with a fastball. Fortunately for me, his forkball wasn't working."
Stefero followed with his three-run homer into the right field stands, and the Orioles got their final two runs when Cal Ripken doubled home John Shelby (single) and Jackie Gutierrez (walk).
"Like I said, we had the momentum," said Stefero of his home run. "One run or five runs wouldn't have made a difference."
"I've had it happen to me in the minor leagues," said Henke, who had a 4.26 ERA before tonight's game. "I'd like to go out and not have it happen to me again. I was not throwing the ball well . . . I have to figure out what I should've done and get something constructive out of it."
Stefero and Lynn also played key roles in the Orioles' taking their 5-4 lead in the seventh inning. Don Gordon, who had relieved Key in the sixth inning when the Orioles scored two runs to narrow the Blue Jays' lead to 4-2, retired the first two hitters.
But he walked Young and Lynn singled. Stefero singled home Young, John Shelby singled home Lynn and Lee Lacy blooped a hit to right field to put the Orioles ahead.
"Lacy hits a hard liner back to the pitcher that is caught earlier in the game," said Weaver. "Then the big guy puts us ahead with the blooper. So you wonder if things are starting to even out."
Toronto took a 4-0 lead in the sixth when Cliff Johnson hit a two-run homer and Lloyd Moseby tripled home two runs. All were off starter Mike Flanagan, although the last two were unearned because of third baseman Floyd Rayford's two-out error.