June 13, 1999
Orioles 22, Braves 1
Perhaps it was the pent-up demons of a frustrating season that exploded on Sunday night for the Orioles, who won their fourth game in a row, set a franchise scoring record and handed the Braves their most lopsided loss since they moved to Atlanta in 1966. Baltimore also clambered out of the American League East cellar for the first time in two months. "It's everybody feeling good about themselves," manager Ray Miller said in explanation for the Orioles' 25-hit assault on John Smoltz and five Braves relievers. "We've been on the other end of that a lot."
The psychic healing was most keenly felt by third baseman Cal Ripken, whose six hits and five runs were both more than he'd had in a game in his previous 17 seasons. In the one night he raised his batting average 30 points. At week's end Ripken was hitting .367 since his May 13 return from the DL, on which he'd spent 24 days healing his aching back and clearing his clouded head. "I came back with a little sharper focus," Ripken said on Sunday. "I'm enjoying the results."