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O’s Key Hits 3 in First Inning

October 10, 1997

BALTIMORE (AP) _ Jimmy Key set a major league record Thursday night that he won’t be proud of: He became the first pitcher to hit three batters in one inning of a postseason game.

Key’s one-inning effort tied the record for hit batsmen in an entire championship series set by Detroit’s Frank Tanana in 1987.

After throwing a called third strike past Cleveland’s Bip Roberts, the game’s first batter, Key hit Omar Vizquel and allowed a two-run homer to Manny Ramirez, giving the Indians a 2-0 lead over the Orioles in Game 2 of the AL championship series.

Matt Williams singled and Key then hit David Justice before getting Sandy Alomar on a groundout. Tony Fernandez was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Key fell behind Kevin Seitzer 3-0 before striking him out to end the inning.

Key hit five batters in 212 1-3 innings during the regular season, and 35 in 2,890 1-3 innings in his 14-year career. He had hit one in 61 2-3 previous postseason innings.

The regular-season record also is three hit batters in one inning, accomplished nine times in the NL and six in the AL.

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