Baltimore Gains Ground On Boston in Meeting of Top Clubs

ripken2July 12: Baltimore 6, Boston 4

On-base machines Wade Boggs and Tris Speaker each got three hits atop the Boston lineup, but only combined to score two runs. Meanwhile, the Baltimore bats found success where few teams have all season: vs. Boston’s Roger Clemens. The top of the fourth started with hits by Frank Robinson, Ken Williams, and Bobby Grich, and later in the inning Cal Ripken drove a three-run dinger against Clemens. Singles by Williams, Adam Jones, and Matt Wieters in the sixth racked up two more runs against the Rocket.

                  R  H BB
BAL 000 402 000 - 6 12  2
BOS 001 010 020 - 4 12  1

HR: C. Ripken (6), F. Lynn (2),
N. Garciaparra (10)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Niggeling  7.0  2  2  0  1  0  
R. Clemens    6.0  6  6  1  2  1 

BAL 49-36, BOS 53-32

July 13: Boston 4, Baltimore 2

Boston evened the series next day behind another fantastic outing by Pedro.

                  R H BB
BAL 000 001 100 - 2 5  3
BOS 011 101 00x - 4 7  7

HR: B. Grich (13), D. Evans (2)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Bedard    7.0  4  3  1  6  4  
P. Martinez  7.0  2  2  1  2  6 

BAL 49-37, BOS 54-32

July 14: Baltimore 8, Boston 3

The big Baltimore offense, now in a virtual tie with the Yankees for most runs per game, got to Cy Young in game three to take the series. Ken Singleton swatted five singles from the lead-off spot, and Adam Jones collected three singles and a double as part of the Orioles’ 17 hit barrage.

Wade Boggs reached base 10 times in the series to rocket up to second most runs created in the league.

                  R  H BB
BAL 030 002 300 - 8 17  2
BOS 000 010 110 - 3  7  8

HR: none

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Powell  9.0  3  3  0  8  1  
C. Young   6.1  8  7  0  2  2 

BAL 50-37, BOS 54-33
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