On July 16, the Orioles reach the 1 million mark in home attendance for the earliest time in club history. The team responds by winning five of seven games for the second straight week and tying the Toronto Blue Jays for the lead in the American League East.
The heroes change nightly. In a 10-4 rout of California, Eddie Murray slams four hits, including his 16th home run. Then Jim Dwyer gets four hits, three of them doubles, and four RBIs as the Orioles rip the Angels, 11-1. A 4-2 win over the Seattle Mariners features three home runs — and a bunt single — by “Disco” Dan Ford, just back from nursing a bad knee for a month.
Pitching also finds its niche: three straight complete games by rookie Allan Ramirez, Storm Davis and Scott McGregor, who retires the last 16 batters in an 8-1 victory over the Mariners for his 11th win. Rookie Mike Boddicker goes the route to beat California and remain undefeated (5-0) at Memorial Stadium.
“All these complete games and getting six, seven, eight runs a game — well, if the whole season was like that, I guess it would get pretty boring, right?” designated hitter Ken Singleton says. A million fans think otherwise.
At 52-38, the Orioles seem ready to break away.