Re­mem­ber­ing 1983

A weekly look at the O’s third world cham­pi­onship: April 15-21

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - SPORTS -

It’s a break­out week for the Ori­oles, who re­turn from a road trip at .500 but who seize first place soon af­ter. They win three of four from the Cleve­land In­di­ans, then two of three from the Texas Rangers. At 8-5, they lead the AL East by 11⁄2 games, a rous­ing April for the no­to­ri­ously slow-start­ing Ori­oles.

Pitch­ing leads the way. In five vic­to­ries this week, the staff al­lows just six runs to­tal. In a 2-0 shutout of the In­di­ans, Jim Palmer, 37, wins No. 264 with bullpen help from Storm Davis and Tippy Martinez. Then Mike Flanagan and Scott McGre­gor win back-to-back com­plete games, 6-1 and 4-1, over Cleve­land.

In a 4-2 de­feat of the Rangers, Sammy Stewart al­lows one hit in four in­nings of relief on a bit­ter-cold day marked by snow show­ers and a wind chill fac­tor of 6 de­grees. A home run by John Lowen­stein in the eighth wins it.

“There wasn’t any­one around to greet me at home plate,” Brother Lo says of his cel­e­bra­tory trot. “Ev­ery­body was just too cold.”

The down­side? Starter Dennis Martinez who, in two losses, sur­ren­ders 11 earned runs in 52⁄3 in­nings. Long an Ori­oles main­stay, he’s off to the worst full sea­son (7-16) of his 23-year ca­reer.

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