Unsafe At Any Lead

July 25, 1994

A TALE OF TWO CITIES

The Orioles were on the verge of picking up a game on the Yankees yesterday until two three-run home runs (one in Oakland, Calif., and the other in Anaheim, Calif.) hit almost simultaneously at about 7 p.m. resulted in an Orioles loss and a Yankees win. Here's what happened:

In Oakland: The Orioles took a 6-0 lead against the Athletics into the seventh inning and a 6-2 lead into the eighth. But Scott Hemond's three-run home run -- his second homer of the year -- tied the game at 6. Oakland went on to win, 7-6, when Rickey Henderson scored on Mark Eichhorn's wild pitch in the ninth.

In Anaheim: Mark Langston and the Angels took a 4-2 lead into the ninth. With one out, Mike Stanley singled off Langston, who walked Jim Leyritz and was replaced by Joe Grahe. After a wild pitch moved the runners up, Don Mattingly -- called on to pinch-hit for the first time this season -- lined a 2-2 fastball into the right-field seats to give the Yankees a 5-4 lead. New York went on to win, 6-4.

NOT SO GREAT LATE

The Orioles have blown leads in the sixth inning or later in six of their past seven losses:

Date .. .. .. .. Lead* .. .. .. .. .. .. Final score

7/7 .. .. .. .. 4-3, 6th .. .. .. .. .. 6-4, Oakland

7/10 .. .. .. . 4-2, 8th .. .. .. .. .. 5-4, Oakland

7/16 .. .. .. . 3-2, 9th .. .. .. .. .. 4-3, Calif.

7/18 .. .. .. . 5-3, 6th .. .. .. .. . 7-5, Seattle

7/21 .. .. .. . 3-2, 8th .. .. .. .. .. 4-3, Oakland

7/24 .. .. .. . 6-2, 8th .. .. .. .. .. 7-6, Oakland

*-latest inning held

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