On their first road trip, to Cleveland and Chicago, the Orioles split four games — a telling start, as they hadn't played at least .500 ball on their initial westward swing since 1977. In an 8-4 loss to the Indians, the bullpen implodes: Sammy Stewart walks three in a row before closer Tippy Martinez allows a grand slam for the first time in his major league career.
The Orioles bounce back, slamming 14 hits — including the 1,000th of Eddie Murray's career — in a 13-2 victory. Murray also homers and scores four times, tying a club record.
Next: a 10-8 defeat of the White Sox, ending a 10-game losing streak at Comiskey Park. Catcher Rick Dempsey, who’d struck out eight times in his first 11 at-bats, rips a two-run double over outfielder Harold Baines’ outstretched glove for the game-winner. Stewart pitches 3 2/3 scoreless innings for the win and says it hiked his confidence.
"I only had the outfielders running against the wall twice," he says.
But Chicago storms back, 12-11, on a day fraught with 35 mph winds and a chilly drizzle. At 3 hours, 56 minutes, it's the longest nine-inning game in Orioles history. They return home at 3-3 and tied for second place, one-half game behind Cleveland.