Revived Orioles trample Twins, 11-0 Seven drive in runs in Mussina 5-hitter

April 30, 1993|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Staff Writer

Mike Mussina got a lot of help from his friends last night, resulting in an 11-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins and a rare two-game winning streak for the Orioles.

It was only the second time this year that the Orioles have registered back-to-back victories, which Mussina instantly interpreted as a sign of encouragement.

"This is a big homestand after an unsuccessful road trip," said the right-hander. "That's two days in a row [that the offense produced big numbers]. We've got to go out and play like this every day."

Unfortunately, the Orioles are not going to run into a pitching staff as disheveled as the one they faced the past two games. Last night was the second straight time the Orioles established a season high in runs against the beleaguered Twins, who have lost eight of their past nine games.

Wednesday night the Orioles, who had lost six of their previous seven games, used a pair of four-run innings to register an 8-4 win. Lastnight the scoring came early and often, and also included another four-spot as seven players drove in runs.

This time the Orioles did it with one of their previously missing ingredients -- stroking a season-high seven extra-base hits, including Glenn Davis' first home run.

The Orioles finished with 11 hits and also converted three double plays in support of Mussina (3-1).

The shutout was the first of the year for the Orioles, and the fifth of Mussina's career.

Besides the bases-empty home run by Davis, the Orioles got two runs batted in from four different players. Mark McLemore had a pair of doubles; Mike Devereaux a two-run triple; Harold Reynolds contributed a single and the Orioles' third triple of the night; and Jeff Tackett a sacrifice fly and a double to pace the well-balanced attack.

Mussina allowed five hits, struck out three, walked one batter and hit another. He needed only 101 pitches in winning his third straight decision.

Despite his team's recent slump, Minnesota manager Tom Kelly managed to remain upbeat. "We've been in bad streaks before," he said. "You go through some good times and bad."

And these are definitely the worst of times for the Twins. "We've won two World Series," said Kelly. "I'm not really worried."

In the other clubhouse, Orioles manager Johnny Oates, who knows the feeling of bad times, was even more optimistic.

"We're headed in the right direction," he said. "We pitched well, hit well and played good defense -- like I know we can. But two gamesdoesn't make a season. We still have a long way to go."

The Twins came into the game with an American League-high 5.80 team ERA, and it began rising almost immediately. The Orioles had base runners every inning against starter Pat Mahomes (0-4), whose troubles gradually increased until he was chased in the fourth inning.

Kelly used a parade of four relievers, but to no avail, as the Orioles scored in six different innings. "It was nice to finally get out in front," said Reynolds, who came into the game hitting only .184. "It gave Mike a chance to relax out there."

Mussina was so relaxed he had as many as three balls on only one hitter -- Lenny Webster, who walked in the eighth inning. "There was no comparison between this and the last time [a 6-5 win over Kansas City Saturday, when he pitched 8 1/3 innings]," said Mussina.

) Orioles-Twins scoring Orioles second: Davis homered to left on 1-0 count. Gomez flied left fielder Mack. McLemore doubled to center. Reynolds popped to center fielder Puckett. Tackett walked. Anderson grounded to pitcher Mahomes. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 left on. Orioles 1, Twins 0.

Orioles third: Devereaux struck out. Ripken tripled to center. Baines hit sacrifice fly to center fielder Puckett, Ripken scored. Davis grounded to third baseman Pagliarulo. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 left on. Orioles 2, Twins 0.

Orioles fourth: Gomez singled to third. McLemore walked, Gomez to second. Reynolds safe on sacrifice plus fielder's choice, pitcher Mahomes to third baseman Pagliarulo, Gomez safe at third, McLemore to second. Tackett hit sacrifice fly to left fielder Mack, Gomez scored. Anderson flied to left fielder Mack. Devereaux tripled to right-center, McLemore

and Reynolds scored. Hartley relieved Mahomes. Ripken flied to left fielder Mack. 3 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 left on. Orioles 5, Twins 0.

Orioles fifth: Baines singled to center. Davis walked, Baines to second. Gomez singled to left, Baines to third, Davis to second. McLemore grounded out to second baseman Knoblauch, Baines scored, Davis to third, Gomez to second. Reynolds walked. Tackett grounded into double play, shortstop Reboulet to second baseman Knoblauch to first baseman Hrbek, Reynolds forced at second. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 left on. Orioles 6, Twins 0.

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