Jays jump out, hold on, 4-3, for O's 8th loss in 10

July 30, 1994|By Tom Keegan | Tom Keegan,Sun Staff Writer

The Orioles have lost eight of their past 10 games. Their knees wobbling, they stand a season-high seven games out of first place in the American League East.

Peter Angelos, the owner who bought the team for $173 million and spent more than $43 million on the free-agent market to dress it up last winter, has little patience for losers.

Lately, the Orioles have been losers, including last night, when they fell to the Toronto Blue Jays, 4-3, in front of 47,497 at Camden Yards to push their losing streak to four games.

So where is all the speculation about manager Johnny Oates' job security?

Nowhere.

Angelos indicated after Thursday's doubleheader loss he had no plans to replace Oates.

"We're not doing so well right now, but with the addition of a starting pitcher and some additional help in the bullpen we should be OK," Angelos said.

The Orioles were OK last night. The Blue Jays were simply a little more OK.

The Blue Jays scored two runs in the first hitting the ball softly and two in the third hitting the ball hard off Jamie Moyer (4-7, 4.87), tagged with a loss for the first time in five starts. Moyer allowed four runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings.

He retired 13 of the last 15 batters he faced.

Jays left-hander Al Leiter (6-5, 4.56) had a similar night and came away with a victory. He allowed three runs, all in the fourth, and eight hits in six innings and the bullpen shut down the Orioles the rest of the way.

Tony Castillo pitched two shutout innings and Darren Hall pitched a scoreless ninth for his 13th save.

The Orioles lost to the Blue Jays for the first time in seven meetings this season.

"They kind of had our number the first six games," Joe Carter said. "These are two ballclubs who are very similar. The Orioles didn't have things going their way and we had things going our way tonight."

Little has been going the Orioles' way lately, but that doesn't mean drastic measures are in the planning stages.

With the strike date -- or as Orioles team publicist (spin) Dr. Charles Steinberg called it, the negotiating deadline -- established as Aug. 12, baseball stands still.

Trade talks are frozen and so is speculation about managers walking the plank.

From management's standpoint, why pay two managers when there won't even be one team for them to manage come Aug. 12?

The Camden Yards crowd has had little about which to cheer lately, and most of the upbeat moments of late have come courtesy of shortstop Cal Ripken.

The sellout crowd was treated to a three-hit night from Ripken in his 1,997th consecutive start, a night when he showed with an inning-ending play in the seventh inning that with him at shortstop there is no such thing as a bad hop, just a different hop.

Advice for Orioles fans who find scoreboard watching too difficult these days: Watch Ripken instead. Watch him turn the tough ones into easy ones.

Meanwhile, scoreboard watchers noticed last night that the Kansas City Royals are one-half game away from pushing the Orioles into third place in the race for the one American League wild card.

Down 4-0, the team showed signs of life in the fourth inning for the first time since the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians.

The Orioles turned four hits and a walk into three runs against Leiter in the fourth.

The biggest hit, in a lot of ways, was delivered by Mike Devereaux, who came to the plate with the bases loaded and with a .200 batting average staring down at him from the center-field scoreboard.

Get a hit or dip under the dreaded Mendoza line, simple as that.

Devereaux drilled a single to center to drive in two runs. Chris Sabo had singled in a run earlier in the inning.

Moyer came into the night with a 2-0 record and 2.36 ERA in four July starts and was 10-7, 3.71 lifetime in July.

Nice month. Tough couple of early innings for Moyer.

He didn't get a batter out until striking out cleanup hitter Carter, -- who hit a two-run home run in his next at-bat.

Devon White led off the game with a broken-bat single, took third on Roberto Alomar's bloop double to left and scored on Paul Molitor's perfectly placed drag bunt.

Ed Sprague singled up the middle with two outs to score the second run of the inning.

"You don't have to hit the ball out of the ballpark to score runs," Moyer said. "You expect Toronto to come in here and hit the balls out of the park, but they showed they can score in other ways, too."

Two innings later, the Blue Jays took a 4-0 lead on Carter's 23rd home run, which pumped his RBI total to 94.

Oates had no complaints with the way Moyer pitched.

"Jamie threw the ball extremely well," Oates said.

And the Orioles lost. Again.

ORIOLES TONIGHT

Opponent: Toronto Blue Jays

Site: Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Time: 7:05

TV/Radio: Ch. 13/WBAL (1090 AM)

Starters: Blue Jays' Todd Stottlemyre (5-7, 4.14) vs. Orioles' Mark Williamson (3-0, 3.74)

Tickets: Several hundred scattered singles remain, not including bleacher and 275 standing-room tickets that go on sale when the gates open.

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