Yankees hammer Orioles Record 8-run first sets off 15-3 romp

September 26, 1990|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Sun Staff Correspondent

NEW YORK -- The Baltimore Orioles' resurgence ran into a power play last night.

The New York Yankees routed Anthony Telford before he had retired a batter, homered five times against an assortment of pitchers and breezed to a 15-3 victory at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees tied a major-league record with eight straight hits to start the game. It has been done three other times, most recently by the Oakland Athletics in 1981.

Right-hander Dave Eiland was the beneficiary of the onslaught, going seven innings to help halt the Orioles' season-best six-game winning streak.

Telford's final start of the season didn't produce a gala finish.

Manager Frank Robinson said Telford started because "his wife was coming up here and we wanted to keep her happy. We weren't going to start him."

Robinson had planned to shut down the right-hander, who was recalled from the minors Aug. 19.

"He's really in a rehab season," said Robinson, "and he's right around 200 innings, which is more than enough. It was time to call it a season."

Telford yielded six of the hits, including a leadoff home run by Roberto Kelly on a 1-2 pitch. The drive was barely out of the reach of Steve Finley.

Kelly has homered three times as the leadoff hitter this year, and the Yankees have won each of those games.

By the fifth inning, the Yankees had hit five homers and built a 14-3 lead for Eiland, who never had won a big-league start.

"I didn't see a baseball game," said Robinson. "It was a football game. One field goal is not going to win it. Our defense wasn't up to the task. Too many bombs. The secondary let the Yankees get behind them too often."

In staccato fashion after Kelly's blast, Steve Sax singled to center; Don Mattingly was safe on an infield hit after Cal Ripken had to reverse direction when Sax broke for second; and Kevin Maas looped a single to center, filling the bases.

After a visit to the mound by pitching coach Al Jackson, Telford allowed a run-scoring single toHensley Meulens and a two-run single to Matt Nokes. He was gone after 19 pitches.

The ruckus didn't stop there. Mickey Weston relieved for his first appearance since returning from the Class AAA Rochester Red Wings eight days earlier.

Jim Leyritz welcomed him back with a single, and Randy Velarde followed with a homer before Weston settled down to retire the side.

The eight hits and eight runs were the most by New York in an inning since 1988, and it is believed to be the first time the Yankees have scored eight times to start a game since April 1960 (also against the Orioles).

Maas joined the slugfest against Weston in the second with a 438-foot homer into the bleachers in right-center field. It drove in Mattingly, who had singled.

The homer was Maas' 20th, tying him with Tom Tresh and Lou Gehrig for the fourth most by a Yankees rookie. This homer came in only his 74th game.

Mike Smith joined the gopher-ball parade in the fourth, permitting a three-run shot by Meulens on an 0-2 pitch. Oscar Azocar hit the Yankees' fifth of the game, against Smith leading off the fifth.

By the fourth inning, the run total already was a season high fo the last-place Yankees.

Eiland cruised behind the powerful support, although Micke Tettleton hit a two-run homer after David Segui's single in the second.

That ended a long drought by Tettleton, who had not homere since July 19, a span of 45 games. That one was off the Chicago White Sox's Adam Peterson.

"I knew I hit it good, but it was out there in Death Valley, s you're never sure," said Tettleton. "It's been a long year for me and the team, but I want to finish strong. I've still got some things to get done."

The Orioles got a run in the third without a hit. Velarde made two-base throwing error, Nokes committed a passed ball and Cal Ripken drove in Brady Anderson with a ground out.

It was Phil Rizzuto's birthday at Yankee Stadium and the tea showed him the prowess of the old Bronx Bombers against a team trying to finish third in the division.

The Orioles had posted a 2.25 ERA during the winning streak, figure that took a battering.

*Record inning

The New York Yankees tied a major-league record last night when the first eight batters hit safely against the Baltimore Orioles. It was the fourth time in major-league history a team had started a game with eight straight hits. The other teams that did it:

* Oakland Athletics against the Chicago White Sox on Sept. 27, 1981.

* The Philadelphia Phillies against the Chicago Cubs on Aug. 51975.

* The Pittsburgh Pirates against the Atlanta Braves on Aug. 26, 1975.

*Orioles-Yankees scoring

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