Don Aase wrote his name in the Baltimore Orioles' record books tonight, making a remarkable season a little bit more remarkable.
Aase combined with Mike Boddicker on a nine-hitter, and Fred Lynn and Rick Dempsey hit home runs to lead the Orioles past the Chicago White Sox, 6-2, before 36,406 at Memorial Stadium.
Aase pitched the final two innings for his American League-leading 26th save, and no Orioles reliever has done better than that in a season.
Tim Stoddard also had 26 in 1980, but Aase now has 66 games to set his own record.
"I put him in a class with Sparky Lyle and all the other great relievers I've caught," Dempsey said. "He comes in with the same stuff every night, hasn't had one real wild streak all year. And when he comes in, he takes responsibility for what happens. He never makes excuses. He never alibis. In my book, he's No. 1."
Aase pitched tonight as he has done most the season, with a laser-beam fastball and a knee-breaking slider. He entered the game with none out in the eighth, a runner on first and the Orioles protecting a 2-1 lead.
He needed three pitches to get out of the inning and allowed a run in the ninth as the Orioles (52-44) won for the 11th time in 17 games and moved eight games over .500 for the first time since June 24.
Aase saved the victory for Boddicker (13-5), who continued his 20-victory pace by allowing the White Sox six hits and a run in seven innings.
The Orioles had 10 hits off three Chicago pitchers, but four of them were in the eighth inning off relievers Bob James and Ray Searage.
Chicago starter Neil Allen (7-2) came into the game with 18 straight scoreless innings and extended it to 21 2/3 before the Orioles scored in the fourth. Allen allowed the Orioles five hits and two runs in six innings, but he left when his right shoulder tightened up.
Tonight's game was the Orioles' first since they sent Floyd Rayford, Mike Young and Alan Wiggins to the minor leagues Thursday night, and Manager Earl Weaver used two of his three new players.
Tom Dodd, up from Class AA Charlotte, received a standing ovation when he made his major league debut. He pinch-hit for Tom O'Malley in the eighth inning and walked.
Infielder Jackie Gutierrez was used as a defensive replacement for second baseman Juan Bonilla in the ninth. The other newcomer, catcher John Stefero, did not play.
Boddicker and Allen were locked in a 1-1 tie when Lynn came to bat with two outs in the last of the sixth inning, and he hit his 17th homer of the season. The home run was Lynn's 39th in two seasons with the Orioles, and 11 of them have won games.
"He threw me a fastball that he got out over the plate," Lynn said. "He had struck me out on an inside fastball earlier, so I don't think this one was where he wanted it.
"I can understand why he's been successful. I don't think there's a right-hander in the league with a better curveball. He also has a funny, short-arm kind of motion. When you watch his delivery, you expect a change-up, and all of a sudden, you've got a 90-mph fastball on you."
The White Sox had six base runners off Boddicker in the first three innings but scored only one run, on Wayne Tolleson's RBI single. After that, Boddicker was in command, retiring 11 straight at one point, until Steve Lyons led off the seventh with an infield single.
The Orioles ended Allen's shutout streak in the fourth when they tied the game, 1-1. Lee Lacy and Lynn led off with singles. Lacy went to third on Lynn's hit and scored on Cal Ripken's double-play grounder.
They had another chance to score in the fifth when rookie Jim Traber led off with a double off the left field wall and went to third on Larry Sheets' fly to right.
But Allen left him there, getting O'Malley on a hard grounder to first baseman Greg Walker and Dempsey on a strikeout.
Allen allowed only one more hit, that on Lynn's sixth-inning home run, which gave the Orioles a 2-1 lead. Allen said he felt a tinge in his shoulder while throwing a pitch to Lacy early in the game, and when he came out for the seventh, the shoulder tightened up.
White Sox Manager Jim Fregosi brought in reliever James, and Jim Dwyer greeted him with a double to left. But James got Traber on a fly to right and Sheets and O'Malley on grounders to Walker.
Boddicker took a five-hitter into the eighth, but when John Cangelosi got a leadoff single, Weaver brought in Aase. He finished the eighth in three pitches, getting Ozzie Guillen to hit into a double play and Harold Baines on a fly to left.
Aase then pitched the ninth, the 39th time in 43 games he has finished what he started.
"The record and all will mean more to me when the season's over," he said. "Right now, what's important is that we put a winning streak together. I've said before my confidence level is high, and that should be obvious."
After he got out of the eighth, the Orioles broke the game open in their half of the inning, sending 10 men to the plate and scoring four runs. Dempsey led off with his 11th home run, and Ripken, Juan Beniquez and Sheets all had RBI.
"The bullpen's been getting everyone out," Fregosi said. "Tonight, they got nobody out. But that's the way this game usually runs -- in cycles. You get a good starting effort, and your bullpen can't close it out."
Red Sox 8, Angels 1: Roger Clemens pitched the first two-hitter of his career and Rich Gedman hit a grand slam as Boston ended a four-game losing streak by winning at California.
Clemens (17-2) allowed doubles to Reggie Jackson in the fifth inning and Jerry Narron in the seventh. Clemens, who is 10-0 on the road this season, struck out seven and walked two in his seventh complete game.
Gedman's second career grand slam capped a five-run fifth inning that chased John Candelaria (3-1). The Red Sox have hit three grand slams this season, all in support of Clemens.
Twins 9, Yankees 5: Gary Gaetti drove in five runs with a pair of homers and Neal Heaton got his first victory in a Minnesota uniform as the Twins won in New York.
Gaetti hit his 20th homer of the season, with two on, during a six-run second inning and hit his 21st of the year in the seventh with a man aboard.
Heaton (4-9) went 5 2/3 innings and left with a neck strain after New York rallied for two runs in the sixth. The left-hander gave up four hits, walked four and struck out none. Keith Atherton finished for his ninth save.
It was Heaton's first victory since he came to the Twins in a June 20 trade with Cleveland.
The Twins sent 11 men to the plate in the second and had seven hits, the most by the team in an inning this season.
A's 6, Blue Jays 5: Carney Lansford hit a home run to lead off the bottom of the 10th inning, lifting Oakland to its fifth straight triumph, a decision over Toronto.
Lansford, who hit two homers against the Red Sox Wednesday, hit the second pitch from Bill Caudill (2-3) into the left field stands for his 10th homer of the year. Caudill had relieved Stan Clarke to start the 10th. Toronto relievers had combined to retire 12 straight batters before the home run.
Doug Bair (1-2) pitched two innings for the victory.
Tigers 9, Royals 2: John Grubb homered and drove in four runs and Kirk Gibson and Lance Parrish hit consecutive homers in Detroit to beat Kansas City.
Rookie Eric King (7-2) gave up one run on five hits in 6 2/3 innings as Detroit won for the 11th time in 15 games.
Grubb broke open a 4-1 game with a three-run homer in the fifth inning.
Parrish had four of the Tigers' 15 hits. Detroit had 11 hits in five innings off Dennis Leonard (6-9).
Gibson, with his 15th homer, and Parrish, with his 22nd, gave the Tigers a 4-1 lead in the third. The Tigers scored two runs in the seventh on Grubb's sacrifice fly and a single by Chet Lemon.
Rangers 7, Indians 5: Pete Incaviglia's run-scoring single broke a seventh-inning tie and Larry Parrish drove in three runs as Texas beat Cleveland in Arlington, Tex.
The Indians, trailing by 5-0 after five innings, tied it with a run in the sixth and four in the seventh. But Texas scored twice in the seventh against Scott Bailes (7-6).
Brewers 4, Mariners 2: Ted Higuera checked Seattle on five hits over seven innings and Charlie Moore drove in two runs with a bases-loaded double, leading Milwaukee in Seattle.
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