Marlins Finish Sweep as Sheffield Sinks O's
Seifert, Kevin, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
MIAMI - The roof finished collapsing for the Baltimore Orioles last night, and the only consolation was a similar jolt in Philadelphia.
After watching about 10 feet of the roof of their dugout crash to the ground in the third inning, the Orioles watched Gary Sheffield's one-out solo home run in the ninth lift the Florida Marlins to a 7-6 victory before 35,988 at Pro Player Stadium.
The Marlins' sweep of this interleague series gave the Orioles five straight losses. They have now lost seven of their past nine games heading into tonight's opener of a four-game series against the Yankees in New York. The Yankees' ninth-inning loss to the Phillies last night completed a three-game sweep by the National League East tail-enders.
Cal Ripken's three-run homer in the fifth staked Orioles starter Scott Kamieniecki to a 6-3 lead after five innings, but manager Davey Johnson replaced him after 93 pitches and sent in minor-league call-up Brian Williams to start the sixth. Williams gave up three runs to blow the lead, and reliever Shawn Boskie (6-6) gave up Sheffield's homer to lose his second game of the series.
"I'd rather go into [the Yankees series] on a winning streak, but it's going to be two of the best teams in baseball going at each other," Johnson said. …