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Orioles Beat Angels in First Playoff Game

October 4, 2009 | 10:00 am


Oct. 4, 1979, Sports The Angels played the first postseason game in their history, so why stop after nine innings?

John Lowenstein hit a three-run pinch-hit home run to give the Baltimore Orioles Game 1 of the American League playoffs, 6-3.

Lowenstein's opposite field home run was his first since "1958 in Little League," he said. The game featured a pitching matchup of Nolan Ryan against Jim Palmer and turned on a tough pop fly down the right-field line than Angel second baseman Bobby Grich dropped.

--Keith Thursby


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