Today in Baltimore Orioles History: Aug. 2, 1995 – One Hit is Enough as Harold Baines Powers the O’s and Mike Mussina to a Win

Harold Baines‘ second-inning home run was all that the Orioles got and all that the Orioles needed as they defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 1-0 on this day in Orioles history, Aug. 2, 1995.

The win gave the O’s a 44-44 record, which was typical of the strike-shortened 1995 season when they flirted with .500 before finishing 71-73. It was the team’s only losing effort in the six seasons between 1992 and 1997. Harold Baines Baltimore Orioles Card

Toronto rookie Paul Menhart took the loss despite allowing only one hit in eight innings of work at Camden Yards. Mike Mussina got the win for the O’s with a complete-game shutout. Mussina allowed four hits, struck out six, and walked two in upping his record to 13-5 on the season.

Mussina ended the 1995 season with a major-league best 19 wins. It was one of seven seasons in which the Moose had between 17 and 19 wins before finally reaching the elusive 20-game mark with the Yankees during his final year in 2008. Mussina would lose his next three outings following the complete-game effort before running off seven wins in his final nine starts.

The 36-year-old Baines totaled 24 home runs in 1995, the third-largest total of his 22-year career. He left Baltimore to sign with the Chicago White Sox as a free agent following the 1995 season but returned to Charm City in a trade-deadline move during the Orioles’ wire-to-wire run in 1997.

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