Carey brings O's home with him Mass. rookie beats 'his' Red Sox with key RBI, 5-1

streak at 10

June 13, 1993|By Peter Schmuck | Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer

BOSTON -- The hero du jour for yesterday was rookie firs baseman Paul Carey, who on the occasion of his Fenway Park family reunion delivered a three-hit performance that carried the Orioles to their 10th straight victory.

Carey grew up in nearby Weymouth, Mass., so there was a crowd of about 40 friends and family members in the stands when he doubled home the tying run and singled in the go-ahead run in a 5-1 win over the plummeting Boston Red Sox.

The streak goes on. It will face a severe challenge today when Roger Clemens takes the mound for the Red Sox, but if the Orioles remain true to form, someone such as Damon Buford or Tim Hulett will sneak a hit through the infield and the club will scurry out of Boston with a four-game sweep.

The 10-game turnaround has been truly a team effort. Eight different pitchers have registered victories and eight hitters have driven in the go-ahead run. Carey's performance was particularly special because it came in his boyhood field of dreams against the team he still follows.

"It's especially nice when you give a kid a chance to play in front of his hometown people," manager Johnny Oates said. "It means something extra when you play at home. The only thing that bothered me was when I read the morning paper. He said he grew up a Boston Red Sox fan and he still is a Red Sox fan. I had to wonder who he was going to be playing for today."

There was no doubt about that after Carey drove a double off the Green Monster in left field to score Mike Devereaux and bring the Orioles from behind in the seventh inning. He came back up in the ninth with the bases loaded and one out to fight off a pair of two-strike pitches from reliever Jeff Russell and poke a single to left that broke a 1-1 tie.

The Orioles went on to bat around in the ninth and score four runs to carry reliever Brad Pennington to his third victory in four 1993 decisions.

"In that situation, I was just trying to drive the ball in the air," Carey said. "It was a slider away and fortunately I was able to stay back and get the bat on it."

Harold Reynolds and Brady Anderson followed with run-scoring singles and Mark McLemore drove in a run when he was hit by a pitch, taking the suspense out of the bottom of the ninth and assuring that the Orioles would inch above .500 (31-30) for the first time this year.

Pennington pitched two perfect innings of relief, dominating the heart of the Red Sox order to record his second victory of the winning streak. Mike Mussina is the only other Orioles pitcher with two victories.

If it seems like everyone has had a piece of the action, it didn't seem like that to Carey until he got in his three swings worth.

"It was tough," he said. "We had a nine-game winning streak and I wasn't really contributing, so it was fun to finally contribute."

Right-hander Ben McDonald was even in a celebratory mood, though he again proved that there is more to pitching well than just pitching well. McDonald worked seven innings and gave up a run on six hits, but he left with the game tied and remains winless since April 30.

"I thought Ben threw great today," Oates said. "The only thing that cost him is he walked the same guy twice."

He walked Tony Pena to lead off the third inning and the fifth. The Red Sox took advantage the second time when Ivan Calderon singled to give Red Sox starter Paul Quantrill the lead.

Quantrill also pitched very well, going seven innings and giving up just four hits, but he also turned a tie game over to the bullpen and left empty-handed.

The Orioles figured to have the advantage in the battle of the bullpens. They had rocked several Red Sox relievers in Friday night's 16-4 victory, so their relief corps figured to be fresher yesterday. During the course of the streak, Orioles relievers have recorded five victories, seven saves and combined on a 1.82 ERA.

Boston reliever Greg Harris retired the Orioles in order in the eighth, but fell victim to another in a long series of Red Sox defensive lapses in the ninth inning. Cal Ripken led off with a soft popup to right, but Calderon lost it in the sun and it dropped for a hit.

Ripken did not appear to be running full out when the ball landed at Calderon's feet, but it probably was just as well. He likely would have been hung up between first and second if he had been more aggressive.

Designated hitter Harold Baines followed with a looping single to center that sent Ripken to third, but Ripken was caught in a rundown when Devereaux grounded to short. No mistake there. Ripken was told to draw the throw on a ground ball and he stayed in the rundown long enough to leave the other two runners at second and third.

Red Sox manager Butch Hobson chose to walk struggling Leo Gomez to get Carey to the plate -- a decision he would soon regret.

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