“It’s great to be with a contender,” third baseman Todd Cruz says after starring in his first game as an Oriole. Acquired from the Seattle Mariners, Cruz hits a three-run home run and a three-run double in a 9-5 victory over the Tigers in Detroit, his hometown. The win ends a three-game slide and gives rookie Storm Davis his sixth win in nine decisions.
Another complete game — the Orioles’ 17th of the season — follows as Scott McGregor (9-4) stops Detroit, 7-2. Eddie Murray, Jim Dwyer and Rich Dauer homer. The Tigers avoid a sweep with an uncharacteristic 10-1 rout of Mike Boddicker.
At the All-Star break, manager Joe Altobelli’s team is 42-34, one game back of the division-leading Toronto Blue Jays. The best month is just ahead.
The Orioles send two position players to the All-Star Game, both reserves. In his only plate appearance in the American League’s 13-3 victory, Cal Ripken Jr. walks; Eddie Murray goes 0-for-2. At season’s end, however, Ripken and Murray will finish one-two in the AL Most Valuable Player voting.