Orioles 8, Tigers 1
DETROIT (AP) _ The Baltimore Orioles lost a lot of sleep traveling to Detroit. Still, the Orioles weren’t too tired to continue their dominance over the Tigers.
Roberto Alomar, Brady Anderson and Rafael Palmeiro each hit two-run homers as the Orioles beat the Tigers 8-1 Wednesday night for their ninth win in 11 games.
The Orioles had an arduous journey out of New York, through Newark, N.J., and on to Detroit’s Metropolitan Airport. The trip was full of delays, the charter bus was an hour late picking the team up at the Detroit airport, and the players didn’t get to their hotel until after 5 a.m.
``It wasn’t that tough,″ said Palmeiro, who has hit safely in 14 of his last 16 games. ``Once you get started, the adrenaline starts flowing, and you go out and do it. You don’t really feel it until you’re back in the clubhouse and it’s over.″
Jimmy Key (9-1) allowed one run and six hits in six innings, stopping Detroit’s three-game winning streak. Shawn Boskie finished with one-hit relief for his first professional save, striking out four.
``Jimmy probably didn’t get to sleep until 6 a.m., like the rest of us,″ Orioles manager Davey Johnson said. ``But, still, take away one pitch and he’s working on a shutout. Boskie really came through. Our bullpen was a little used up after playing the Yankees, so we needed that.″
Cal Ripken, who needed four stitches to close a small gash on his right shin after Tuesday night’s game in New York, doubled in the second. That gave him 4,270 total bases for his career, tying him with Brooks Robinson for first on the Orioles career list.
All three Baltimore homers came off rookie Brian Moehler (3-4) who failed for the first time in 10 starts to last at least five innings. Moehler got just five outs, giving up six runs, seven hits and one walk.
``Brian just had a little control trouble tonight,″ Detroit catcher Brian Johnson said. ``I guess it just shows he’s human. Brian has had several good outings in a row for us.″
Alomar’s sixth homer went off the facing of the third deck in right field with Anderson on board in the first.
Anderson and Palmeiro both connected with two outs in the second, making it 6-0.
``We’re a tired ballclub,″ Johnson said. ``I was a little bit worried that we’d be half asleep out there. But we saw the ball and did some pretty good hitting.′
Jody Reed singled and scored on Key’s wild pitch in the third.
``I’m glad we’ve got a day game tomorrow,″ Key said. ``We’ll be out of here before we cool off.″
Baltimore added RBI singles by Palmeiro in the fourth and Mike Bordick in the fifth.
``We’ve got a lot of good hitters in this clubhouse,″ Key said. ``It’s a fun team to watch.″
Notes: Tony Clark was scratched from Detroit’s lineup. During a pregame soft toss drill, Clark hit a ball that struck the frame of the protective screen. The ball ricocheted back and struck Clark in the nose. X-rays at Henry Ford Hospital detailed no break, but Clark was replaced at first base by Phil Nevin. ... Right-hander Willie Blair, whose jaw was broken May 4, continued his rehabilitation Wednesday night with seven innings for Class AAA Toledo, the Tigers’ farm club in the International League. In a game against Columbus, Blair gave up one unearned run on one hit with two walks and four strikeouts. He left the game with the Mud Hens leading 3-1. ... The Orioles were 11-2 against Detroit last year, their best season ever against the Tigers. ... Key, who has pitched at lease six innings in eight of his 11 starts, evened his record against the Tigers at 13-13.