Orioles 9, Rangers 8 at Arlington Stadium
Eddie Murray provided the lumber in a wild Texas slugfest, pushing the struggling O's one game over .500 at 54-53. Baltimore charged out to a commanding lead, pushing seven runs across the plate in the third inning. Most of the damage came on three home runs: a leadoff solo shot by Floyd Rayford and a pair of two-run clouts by Lee Lacy and Murray. Back-to-back doubles by Fred Lynn and Gary Roenicke accounted for the sixth tally, and a Rick Dempsey single scored Roenicke. Thirteen batters stepped into the box in the frame, and all nine Birds starters reached base at least once. Dempsey had two of the team's eight hits in the inning (he would finish 4-for-5 on the day). If not for Lee Lacy striking out and leaving the bases loaded, they might still be batting!
After Texas closed within four runs at 7-3, run-scoring hits by Cal and Eddie nudged the advantage back to a half-dozen in the sixth. But Storm Davis hit the wall in the seventh, surrendering a three-run homer to Cliff Johnson and yielding to 32-year-old rookie Nate Snell. Snell himself would toss up a gopher ball to Duane Walker in the eighth, and the Rangers drew within one run. Mustachioed closer Don Aase shut the door on the home team in the ninth, putting the tying and winning runs on base before striking out Wayne Tolleson to put the game in the win column for the Orioles. Storm Davis got the "W" despite allowing six runs on ten hits in six and two-thirds innings. Just another day at the office.