Moyer takes turn on shutout trail, 1-0 Follows Fernando gem with one of his own

July 02, 1993|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- Jamie Moyer out-pitched Jack McDowell, and Mark McLemore hit a sacrifice fly in the third inning last night as the Orioles beat the Chicago White Sox, 1-0, for their second straight shutout victory.

Moyer (4-3) allowed four hits in eight innings, walked two and struck out one as he won his fourth consecutive decision. Gregg Olson finished with a one-hit ninth for his 22nd save in 25 chances.

McDowell (12-5) pitched a three-hitter for his sixth complete game, struck out three and walked one. He didn't allow a runner after Harold Reynolds singled in the third, retiring his final 20 batters in order.

The Orioles were coming off Fernando Valenzuela's six-hit, 6-0 victory against the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night. They are the Orioles' first back-to-back shutouts since the club recorded three in a row from Aug. 29 to Aug. 31 against the Seattle Mariners (first two) and Oakland Athletics.

Chicago has lost four straight.

Both pitchers were in control of the game from the outset. Moye routinely escaped mild threats in the first and second inning, and McDowell's only early brush with difficulty resulted in the lone run of the game.

After giving up a bloop single to Craig Grebeck and a walk tFrank Thomas in the first inning, Moyer induced George Bell to roll into an inning-ending double play.

An inning later, Ellis Burks led off with a single and, after a fly ball and a force play, Rick Wrona dumped a single into left field.

But with runners on first and third and two outs, third basemaTim Hulett made a good play over the bag and threw out Ozzie Guillen. From that point on, Moyer restricted the White Sox to no more than one runner per inning.

The Orioles managed one-out singles by Mark McLemore in thfirst inning and Chris Hoiles in the second, but it was a walk to Hulett that hurt McDowell in the third. After Hulett, who entered the game with a lifetime .529 average against McDowell, drew a walk to lead off the inning, Jeffrey Hammonds lined out to Burks in right field.

But Reynolds followed with a ground-ball single between firsand second and Hulett beat the throw from Burks to third base. That play proved pivotal when Hulett was able to score on McLemore's fly to Lance Johnson in medium center field.

The sacrifice fly by McLemore became the first of 20 straighouts recorded by McDowell, but he was matched almost pitch for pitch by Moyer. Burks drew a one-out walk in the fourth and Bell looped a two-out single in the sixth.

But they were the only runners Moyer allowed after the seconinning before departing for Olson to begin the ninth.

, Orioles-White Sox scoring Orioles third: Hulett walked. Hammonds lined out to right fielder Burks. Reynolds singled to right, Hulett to third. McLemore hit sacrifice fly to center fielder Johnson, Hulett scored. Ripken flied out to left fielder Jackson. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 left on. Orioles 1, White Sox 0.

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