A week without a win. A month without a home run by Eddie Murray. Both hapless streaks end May 27 as the Orioles turn back the Royals, 7-4, in Kansas City.
Murray hits only his third homer — and the first since April 20 — to help end the Orioles’ slide. The next day, he connects again as left-hander Scott McGregor defeats the Royals, 1-0, on a two-hitter. Two games later, in a 6-1 win at the Minnesota Twins, Murray launches a three-run shot that travels 442 feet, the second-longest ball ever hit in the Metrodome (Murray holds the record, too). Another day, another Murray homer — his fourth in five games — though this time the Orioles fall to the Twins, 10-3.
Murray’s efforts help the team win four of six games on the road to edge within a half-game of the American League East lead. Others chip in, too. Gary Roenicke gets four hits, including a home run, and four RBIs in a 6-3 defeat of the Twins. Center fielder John Shelby throws out a base runner at the plate to end a late rally by the losing Royals. And right-hander Mike Boddicker, the recall from Triple-A Rochester, wins his second game, pitching seven scoreless innings against the Twins, who seem stymied by his off-speed stuff.
Now 27-22, the Orioles breathe easier.
“Going 15-13 during the month of May wasn’t bad, considering that we lost seven games in a row,” manager Joe Altobelli says.