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Counting down to attendance record?


The Orioles have a chance to set an all-time club home attendance record.

With six dates at Memorial Stadium remaining, the Orioles are 167,902 shy of the mark of 2,535,208 in 1989. The second highest total is last year's 2,415,189. The current total (2,367,306) is a club record for 74 dates.

* HOMER HAPPY: The Orioles out-homered the opposition 17-3 in posting a 6-4 record during the homestand that ended yesterday with a 4-3 win over Cleveland.

When Sam Horn homered in the first inning, it marked the seventh straight game in which the Orioles have hit at least one. They lead the majors with 21 home runs this month.

The other first-inning homer, by Cleveland's Albert Belle off Arthur Rhodes, was the first allowed by the Orioles in 68 innings, since Kansas City's George Brett connected Sept. 7.

Belle's three-run homer marked the 38th time this season the Orioles have fallen behind by at least 3-0 before the fourth inning. They've lost 34 of those games.

* LAST AND FIRST: It was Cleveland's last game at Memorial Stadium, No. 315. The Indians' first was April 21, 1954, the first night game at the stadium. The Orioles' Bob Turley took a no-hitter into the ninth inning but lost, 2-1, when Al Rosen singled and Larry Doby homered.

The Indians will be the Orioles' opponent in the new downtown park April 6.

* KINGLY NUMBERS: Eric King, Cleveland's starter, had every reason to be confident. His lifetime record against Baltimore was 7-1, with two saves, and he was 4-0 here. His 2.01 earned run average was his best against any club.

After serving up the home run to Horn, King retired 11 straight batters before encountering difficulty in the fifth. The Orioles scored without the benefit of a hit to tie the score. By then, King was gone.

Mike Devereaux led off the eighth with a single for the Orioles' first hit since Horn's home run. They were 0-for-20 in the interim.

Devereaux scored on a sacrifice fly to break the tie. All four games in the series were decided by one run.

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