This Day in Orioles History: July 23, 1997

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July 23, 2014

Orioles 3 - Rangers 2, 12 innings

The Orioles defeated the Angels 4-2 in Anaheim on Tuesday night behind a strong outing by Miguel Gonzalez. The win pushes the O's to a season-high 11 games over .500 and maintains their four-game lead in the division. Should the Orioles win the A.L. East, it would be their first division crown since 1997. Which brings us to This Day in Orioles History.

On July 23, 1997, the Orioles defeated another A.L. West opponent, the Texas Rangers, by a score of 3-2. Mike Mussina went eight innings and allowed two runs with closer Randy Myers picking up the win with two innings of shutout work in extras. Rafael Palmeiro hit his 21st home run and Jeffrey Hammonds picked up an RBI single. Jeff Reboulet scored the winning run, Geronimo Berroa, from third in the top of the 12th inning. 

The win put the Orioles 24 games over .500 with a 3.5 game lead over the second-place New York Yankees in the A.L. East.

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