CHICAGO, Reuter: The Baltimore Orioles ended their ‘American league record losing streak at21 games with a 90 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
Pitchers Mark Williamson and Daye Schmidt combined on a four hitter to end the streak on Friday night, which fell two games short of the all-time major league record for most straight losses, held by the 1961 Philadelphia Phillies.
The victory was the first for Manager Frank Robinson after 15 straight defeats, since replacing the fired Cal Ripken Sr. after six games,
Baltimore’s Eddie Murray’s two run homer in the first inning got the Orioles started. Cal Ripken went four for five with a homer and a double and rookie Pete Stanicek, who was brought up from the minors earlier in the day, singled and scored in the fifth and ignited a four run seventh inning with an RBI double.
The win, however, was still costly. Second baseman Billy Ripken. Sustained a slight concussion when he was hit in the face by a pitch from reliever John Davis in the seventh and ‘was carried from the field on stretcher.
Article extracted from this publication >> May 6, 1988