Home run parade keeps McDonald marching, 13-1

April 28, 1994|By Tom Keegan | Tom Keegan,Sun Staff Writer

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Ben McDonald (5-0) became the American League's first five-game winner last night and was supported by home runs from Mike Devereaux, Rafael Palmeiro, Chris Hoiles, Cal Ripken and Brady Anderson as the Orioles cruised to a 13-1 victory over the California Angels.

The night wasn't all laughs for the Orioles, however.

After Ripken's first homer of the season, in the seventh inning, Angels reliever Scott Lewis struck Hoiles on the left ear flap with an 0-and-2 fastball. Hoiles, who appeared more angry than injured, took a few steps toward the mound before being held by Angels catcher Jorge Fabregas and plate umpire Tim Tschida, and both dugouts and bullpens emptied.

Order was restored before any punches were thrown.

Hoiles, who suffered a broken wrist when struck by a Tim Leary pitch in 1992 that put him on the disabled list for 51 games, was replaced by Jeff Tackett. Hoiles had homered off California starter Chuck Finley (0-2) in his previous at-bat.

It was not the only brushback pitch of the rainy night. Anderson ducked from Finley's pitch at his head in the fifth inning and Eduardo Perez leaned back from an inside pitch from McDonald in the sixth.

Jeffrey Hammonds' ninth-inning double was the Orioles' 11th extra-base hit, a team record. They had 19 hits on the night.

For the second day in a row, the Orioles set a season high in runs and got a complete game from their starting pitcher. McDonald's seven-hitter followed a three-hitter from Arthur Rhodes, who on Tuesday became the first pitcher to go the distance for the Orioles this season.

It was the first back-to-back complete games for the Orioles since Aug. 5-6, 1993, when McDonald and Rick Sutcliffe achieved the feat. For the fifth game in a row, the Orioles starter made it into the eighth inning as the Orioles won for the eighth time in 11 games.

The Orioles' 19-hit night was highlighted by a four-run sixth, a three-run seventh and a two-run eighth and ninth.

Ripken not only homered for the first time this season, he had four hits and drove in five runs. Palmeiro's seventh home run was complemented by a pair of doubles. He scored three runs and drove his batting average to .363.

Anderson's fifth home run, coming in the ninth off Joe Grahe in the ninth, was his third in two games.

Devereaux started the power display, breaking a 1-1 tie with a bases-empty home run to left off Finley, with one out in the fourth. Devereaux's fourth home run came on his 10th hit of the season.

He had not played since leaving last Thursday's game with a strained groin muscle. He had not homered since the fourth game of the season, when he hit his third off Texas' Kevin Brown.

The Orioles gave McDonald a comfortable cushion with a four-run sixth inning off Finley, who allowed nine hits and six earned runs in six innings. He walked one and struck out seven.

With the Orioles leading 2-1, Palmeiro led off the sixth by clearing the center-field fence for his seventh home run and third off a left-hander. Only two of his 37 home runs last season came against left-handers, one off the Orioles' Rhodes.

Palmeiro's third home run in five games was followed by a Ripken single to left. Hoiles expanded the Orioles' lead to 5-1 by sending Finley's next pitch over the fence in left-center. It was Hoiles' fourth home run and third in the past four games.

McDonald, the victim of a shutout five times last season and supported by one or two runs eight other times, has had much better fortune this season. The Orioles have scored 36 runs in his five starts.

As usual, the Orioles wore their black jerseys for McDonald. They are 6-0 when wearing black coming into the game, five of the wins with McDonald on the mound.

Coming off a 4-for-5, two-home run, two-double day, Anderson got the Orioles off to a quick start.

Anderson, who took a .417 lifetime average against Finley into the at-bat, led off the game with a ground single up the middle, stole second, and took third when Finley's pickoff attempt sailed into center field.

He came home on Ripken's two-out bloop single to center, a hit that improved Ripken's batting average with runners in scoring position to .409.

Anderson reaching base safely bodes well for the Orioles' chances. The Orioles have won all seven games in which he led off with a hit.

ORIOLES TONIGHT

Opponent: California Angels

Site: Anaheim Stadium

Time: 10:05

TV/Radio: Ch. 54/WBAL (1090 AM)

Starters: Orioles' Sid Fernandez (0-0, 2.38) vs. Angels' John Dopson (1-2, 6.00)

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