Orioles' lead slips past defense in loss to Blue Jays Snyder's hit in 12th beats Olson, 5-4

THE BALTIMORE SUN

TORONTO -- Baltimore Orioles manager John Oates prides himself on his preparedness, which might explain why he takes it so personally when his team looks as if it just stepped out of a Cleveland Indians instructional video.

The Orioles had the Toronto Blue Jays right where they wanted them yesterday, and still found a way -- make that a number of ways -- to turn victory into a 5-4, extra-inning defeat.

Joe Carter tripled off the glove of right fielder Chito Martinez in the 12th inning and scored on a single by Cory Snyder to send reliever Gregg Olson to his fifth defeat of the year, but the deciding run was only the last detail in a defensive breakdown that began soon after the Orioles took a four-run lead against American League ERA leader Tom Candiotti in the second inning.

"We should have won that ballgame, 4-1," said Oates, who proceeded to tick off the reasons they didn't:

* Starter Dave Johnson failed to back up third base on a throw from the outfield in the second inning, and the ball got past third baseman Leo Gomez. One run scored.

* Reliever Todd Frohwirth fielded a seemingly routine double-play comebacker in the sixth and threw the ball behind shortstop Cal Ripken, who somehow managed to catch the ball and slide into second for a force-out. But a good throw might have prevented two runs from scoring later in the inning.

* Martinez's play in the 12th inning was -- in a sense -- strike three for the Orioles. He had to range deep into the right-field corner in pursuit of Carter's slicing fly ball, and there are conflicting opinions on whether he should have gotten it.

"It's a tough catch," Oates said, "but it was catchable. I've seen balls farther away than that get caught."

Martinez would not second-guess himself. He was playing Carter to pull the ball and had to make up a lot of ground to get in position to try to catch it.

"The ball was slicing away from me," he said. "It just tipped of the end of my glove. I wouldn't play it any differently. I gave it my best shot. I just came up a little short."

Snyder bounced a ball past the drawn-up infield to send the Orioles to their third straight defeat. Olson, who got out of a similar jam in the 10th inning, took it on the chin again.

It was Oates' 20th one-run loss of the season, and his team dropped 25 games below .500 for the first time this year. Johnson pitched decently in what might be his last 1991 start, but his performance was soiled by the mental lapse that led to the first Blue Jays run.

The Orioles had scored a run in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Cal Ripken. They added three in a second inning that featured Leo Gomez's 13th home run. Johnson had a 4-0 lead and two out in the bottom of the inning when back-to-back singles by Kelly Gruber and Turner Ward put him in a compromising position.

Gruber went from first to third on Ward's single to right. Martinez threw the ball on one hop to third and it bounced past Gomez for an error, but the run would not have scored had Johnson been in the right place at the right time. He should have been lined up behind Gomez. Instead, he was standing between home plate (( and third.

"I started toward first base and then the ball went through," Johnson said. "I stopped because I thought that Cal was going to cut the ball off. It was a mental mistake. I should have gone over there no matter what. The ball gets through. They score a run. That's the ballgame."

Johnson pitched five innings and gave up two runs (one earned) on seven hits before Oates brought on Frohwirth with none out and a runner on in the sixth. He gave up a seeing-eye single to Candy Maldonado and got Gruber to bounce to the mound. It was a tailor-made double-play ball, until Frohwirth's sidearm throw to second almost ended up in left-center field.

It was the third time this year that Frohwirth has had trouble with that throw. He threw the ball away on back-to-back bunt plays in a game against the Oakland Athletics. This time, the sheer athletic ability of Ripken kept him from another error.

"I saw [Paul] O'Neill in Cincinnati punt a ball and make a better throw than that," Oates said jokingly.

Ward followed with a high chopper off the glove of a leaping Glenn Davis at first base. If the double play had been made -- and if you can presume that the same events would follow -- Davis would have been playing deeper and he would have retired Ward to end the inning.

Instead, the Blue Jays scored a run on Ward's single and added one on an RBI ground-out by pinch hitter Rance Mulliniks. They tied the game in the eighth on Gruber's 15th home run.

Orioles-Blue Jays scoring

Orioles first: Devereaux singled past shortstop. Devereaustole second. Anderson grounded out to first baseman Olerud, Devereaux to third. C. Ripken hit sacrifice fly to right fielder T. Ward, Devereaux scored. Davis hit by pitch. Milligan struck out. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 left on. Orioles 1, Blue Jays 0.

Orioles second: Martinez lined out to shortstop Lee. Gomez homered to left on 1-2 count. Hoiles flied out to center fielder White. Hulett doubled to left. Devereaux singled to left, Hulett to third, and on catcher Myers' fielding error, Hulett scored, Devereaux to second. Anderson singled to right, Devereaux scored, Anderson to second on throw home. C. Ripken walked. Davis grounded out to third baseman Gruber. 3 runs, 4 hits, 1 error, 2 left on. Orioles 4, Blue Jays 0.

Blue Jays second: Olerud grounded out to shortstop C. Ripken. Maldonado grounded out to third baseman Gomez. Gruber singled to center. T. Ward singled to right, Gruber to third, and on right fielder Martinez's throwing error, Gruber scored, T. Ward to second. Myers popped out to third baseman Gomez. 1 run, 2 hits, 1 error, 1 left on. Orioles 4, Blue Jays 1.

Blue Jays sixth: Olerud singled to right. Frohwirth relieved Johnson. Maldonado singled to right, Olerud to second. Gruber grounded into fielder's choice, pitcher Frohwirth to shortstop C. Ripken, Olerud to third, Maldonado forced at second. T. Ward singled to second, Olerud scored, Gruber to second. Myers walked, Gruber to third, T. Ward to second. Mulliniks, pinch-hitting for Zosky, grounded out to first baseman Davis, Gruber scored, T. Ward to third, Myers to second. Ducey ran for Myers. White grounded out to pitcher Frohwirth. 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2 left on. Orioles 4, Blue Jays 3.

Blue Jays eighth: Maldonado struck out. Gruber homered to left on 0-0 count. T. Ward grounded out to second baseman Hulett. Borders struck out. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 left on. Blue Jays 4, Orioles 4.

Blue Jays 12th: Carter tripled to right. Snyder singled to left, Carter scored. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 left on. Blue Jays 5, Orioles 4.

BALTIMORE... ... .. AB...R...H...BI...BB... SO... Avg.

Devereaux cf... .... 6.. 2...3...0.... 0... 2.. ..263

BAnderson lf.. .. .. 6.. 0.. 3...1.... 0... 0 ....207

CRipken ss.. .. .. ..2.. 0...0...1.... 3... 0.....322

GDavis 1b.. .. .. ...5.. 0...0...0.... 0... 1.....195

Milligan dh.. .. ... 5.. 0.. 0...0.... 0... 3.....263

ChMartinez rf... ... 5.. 0.. 0.. 0.... 0... 4.....284

Gomez 3b.. .. .. ....5.. 1.. 3.. 1.... 0... 2.....221

fTC Hoiles c.. .. .. ... 4.. 0.. 0.. 0.... 0... 0.....252

b-Horn ph.. .. .. .. 1.. 0.. 0.. 0.....0... 0.....223

Melvin c.. .. .. ... 0.. 0.. 0.. 0.....0... 0.....274

Hulett 2b.. .. ... ..5.. 1.. 1.. 0.....0... 1.....203

Totals.. .. .. .. ..44.. 4..10.. 3.... 3...13

TORONTO... ... .... AB...R... H...BI...BB...SO.. ..Avg.

White cf.. ... .... 6... 0... 0...0....0....2... ..291

RAlomar 2b.. .. ... 4... 0... 1... 0...2... 0... ..288

Carter dh.. .. .. ..6... 1... 1... 0...0... 1.. .. 280

Olerud 1b.. .. .. ..4... 1... 1... 0.. 1... 1.. .. 254

2-MWilson pr.. .. ..0... 0... 0... 0.. 0... 0.. ...242

Snyder 1b... ... ...1... 0... 1... 1.. 0... 0.. ...175

CnMaldonado lf.. .. 5... 0... 2... 0.. 0... 2.. ...232

Gruber 3b.. .. .. ..4... 3... 2... 1.. 1... 0.. ...246

TWard rf .. .. .. ..5... 0... 2... 1.. 0... 1.. ...238

Myers c.. .. .. ....2... 0... 0... 0.. 1... 0.. ...260

1-Ducey pr.. .. ....0... 0... 0... 0.. 0... 0.. ...255

Borders c .. .. ....2... 0... 0... 0.. 0... 1... ..263

MnLee ss.. .. .. .. 1... 0... 1... 0.. 0... 0... ..238

Zosky ss.. .. .. .. 1... 0... 1... 0.. 0... 0... 1.000

a-Mulliniks ph.. .. 1... 0... 0... 1.. 0... 0.. ...251

Gonzales ss.. .. .. 2... 0... 0... 0.. 0... 0.. ...213

Totals.. .. .. ... 44... 5...12... 4.. 5... 8

Baltimore.. .. .. 130.. 000..000..000 -- 4... 10.. ..2

Toronto.. .. .. ..010.. 002..010..001. -- 5... 12....2

None out when winning run scored.

a-grounded out for Zosky in the 6th. b-grounded out for Hoiles in the 11th.

1-ran for Myers in the 6th. 2-ran for Olerud in the 10th.

E -- ChMartinez (2), Hoiles (1), Myers 2 (9). LOB -- Baltimore 9, Toronto 11. 2B -- Devereaux (25), Hulett (7), CnMaldonado (10), MnLee (15). 3B -- Carter (2). HR -- Gruber (15) off Frohwirth, Gomez (13) off Candiotti. RBI -- BAnderson (20), CRipken (88), Gomez (37), Snyder (16), Gruber (43), TWard (6), Mulliniks (18). SB -- Devereaux (14), BAnderson (8), RAlomar (41), MWilson (8). CS -- Carter (9). SF -- CRipken.

Runners left in scoring position -- Baltimore 3 (GDavis 3); Toronto 9 (White 2, Carter 3, TWard, Myers, Borders 2).

L Runners moved up -- BAnderson 2, RAlomar, Gruber, Mulliniks.

5) DP -- Toronto 1 (RAlomar and Olerud).

Baltimore... IP... H... R.. ER.. BB.. SO.. NP... ERA

DJohnson.. ..5... 7... 2... 1... 1... 1... 69.. 7.48

Frohwirth... 4.... 3... 2.. 2... 3... 4.. 60... 1.95

Olson L,3-5..2.... 2... 1.. 1... 1... 3.. 28... 3.30

Toronto... ..IP.. .. H... R.. ER.. BB.. SO.. NP.. .. ERA

Candiotti.... 7.. .. 9... 4... 2... 3.. 8.. 133.. ..2.40

Acker.. .. .. 2.. .. 1... 0... 0... 0... 1.. 21.. ..5.24

DWard.. .. .. 2.. .. 0... 0... 0... 0... 4.. 24.. ..2.93

Timlin W,10-6.1.. .. 0... 0... 0... 0... 0.. 11.. ..3.02

DJohnson pitched to 1 batter in the 6th, Frohwirth pitched to 1 batter in the 10th, Olson pitched to 2 batters in the 12th.

Inherited runners-scored -- Frohwirth 1-1, Olson 1-0.

IBB -- off Olson (Gruber) 1. HBP -- by Candiotti (GDavis).

Umpires -- Home, Ford; First, Kosc; Second, Barnett; Third, Clark.

' T -- 3:35. A -- 50,314.

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Orioles tonight

Site: SkyDome, Toronto

Time: 7:35 p.m.

Orioles starter: Ben McDonald (5-8, 5.00)

Blue Jays starter: David Wells (13-9, 3.61)

Radio: WBAL (1090 AM), WTOP (1500 AM)

TV: Channels 2, 20

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