Eleven home runs power the streaking Orioles to a 5-1 week as they start to pull away down the stretch. They sweep three games at Minnesota and take two of three from the Boston Red Sox to boost their lead in the American League East to five games.
Against the Twins, a ninth-inning homer by Ken Singleton gives left-hander Mike Flanagan a 1-0 victory, his 14th straight against Minnesota. Then the Orioles explode for six homers — a club record — in a 13-0 rout of the Twins. Singleton hits a grand slam and Cal Ripken Jr. connects twice (Nos. 22 and 23). Rich Dauer, Dan Ford and Joe Nolan also homer as steady Scott McGregor improves to 17-5.
The next night, Eddie Murray lofts a moon shot that nearly hits a speaker suspended from the home team’s dome. Newly acquired outfielder Tito Landrum also homers for Baltimore, which wins for the 11th time in 12 games.
In an 8-1 win over the Red Sox, Murray strikes again, as does Rick Dempsey. And outfielder Jim Dwyer makes an over-the-fence catch to wow the Memorial Stadium crowd.
Finally, the Orioles stop Boston, 5-2, on stellar relief work by Tippy Martinez. It’s the last appearance here by Red Sox outfielder Carl Yastrzemski, 44, who gets a standing ovation from Orioles fans.