Mussina goes 8 2/3 , tops Angels Last-out rally spoils 4-hitter

Pags, Baines power 8-2 win

September 01, 1993|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Staff Writer

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- After struggling through two innings, Mike Mussina came back strong -- striking out six in a row at one point -- and got a lot of offensive support as the Orioles defeated the California Angels, 8-2, last night.

lTC Harold Baines and Mike Pagliarulo both homered and combined for seven hits and five RBI to spark an Orioles' attack that came alive in the fourth inning. Pagliarulo finished with four hits, matching a career high accomplished on three other occasions.

Baines, whose fourth-inning homer opened the scoring, also contributed a double and had a hand in the Orioles' first six runs. A long home run by Tim Salmon, the Angels' Rookie of the Year candidate, ruined Mussina's bid for a third shutout.

Making his third start since coming off the disabled list, Mussina (13-5) allowed four hits in the first two innings, but only one more, after a walk with two outs in the ninth. That brought manager Johnny Oates from the dugout to call on Todd Frohwirth, who gave up a run-scoring double and a walk to load the bases before securing the final out.

The win was the second straight for the Orioles, who lost the first two games of this nine-game road trip. Coupled with losses by Detroit and Boston, the win enabled the Orioles to move back into third place in the American League's Eastern Division race, six games behind the first-place Toronto Blue Jays.

With Baines and Pagliarulo leading the way, the Orioles had six extra-base hits in the 13-hit attack against right-hander Phil Leftwich (1-4) and a pair of relievers.

Leftwich allowed six hits, including the home run to Baines, and four runs in the six innings he worked.

Mussina struggled with his control and disagreed with umpire Tim Tschida's interpretation of the strike zone in the first two innings. After taking a 1-and-2 pitch that Mussina questioned, Luis Polonia singled to start the bottom of the first inning.

A strong throw by catcher Chris Hoiles caught Polonia trying to steal second base, the first time he'd been caught in 13 attempts. Chad Curtis lined a single off the glove of Pagliarulo at third base after Mussina again stared in disagreement over a call by Tschida.

Ground balls by Salmon and Chili Davis ended the first, but J. T. Snow walked to lead off the second inning as Mussina continued to disagree with Tschida. But Eduardo Perez grounded into a double play and, after Kurt Stillwell doubled, Chris Turned fouled out to end the inning.

By the time Baines gave the Orioles the lead with his 13th homer of the year, Mussina had settled into a powerful groove. Without a strikeout through three innings, he struck out a half-dozen in a row in the fourth and fifth innings.

The six straight strikeouts came within one of the Orioles' club record of seven, set 15 years ago today by Sammy Stewart in his major-league debut.

He also came within two of the AL record shared by Boston's Roger Clemens, Ron Davis of the Yankees and all-time strikeout leader Nolan Ryan, who accomplished it twice with the Angels.

The major-league mark for consecutive strikeouts was set by Tom Seaver, who fanned the last 10 San Diego Padres on April 22, 1970, at New York.

Mike Devereaux, who had only one hit in his previous 33 at-bats, singled with one out in the fourth for the Orioles' first hit off Leftwich before Baines crushed his home run to deep right field. Two innings set up two more runs with a rare infield hit. With two outs he barely beat a throw from second baseman Stillwell, who had made a diving stop of Baines' drive through the middle.

After a wild pitch, Cal Ripken walked and Pagliarulo dumped a single into left field, scoring Baines and Hoiles followed with another RBI single to make it 4-0.

Meanwhile, Mussina retired 13 straight batters before Salmon led off the seventh with his 29th home run. It was his 21st at home, an Angels' club record.

But that run was rendered meaningless an inning later, when the Orioles put the game away with three more runs. Once again Baines was the instigator, opening with a double to left-center field off reliever Ken Patterson.

Right-hander Doug Linton replaced Patterson and got Ripken to ground out to the right side, with Baines advancing.

Pagliarulo then stroked his sixth home run of the year, his third in nine games since joining the Orioles. A double by Hoiles, a walk to Harold Reynolds and a single by Brady Anderson accounted for the third run.

* Orioles-Angels scoring Orioles fourth: McLemore grounded to second baseman Stillwell. Devereaux singled to center. Baines homered to right on 1-0 count, Devereaux and Baines scored. Ripken grounded to shortstop Correia. Pagliarulo singled to right. Hoiles grounded to second baseman Stillwell. 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 left on. Orioles 2, Angels 0.

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