Wi­eters’ HR breaks tie

Two-run shot with two outs in eighth in­ning pulls O’s within three games of Jays |

Baltimore Sun - - SPORTS - By Peter Sch­muck

Th­ese are des­per­ate hours for the Ori­oles, so when Matt Wi­eters launched a tie-break­ing two-run home run in the bot­tom of the eighth in­ning, the an­nounced crowd of 16,083 ex­ploded with a huge ova­tion. Or was it just a big sigh of re­lief? The Ori­oles needed some­thing to turn af­ter the Toronto Blue Jays had ral­lied from a two-run deficit and threat­ened to drop the O’s five games out of first place in the Amer­i­can League East. Wi­eters’ 12th home run of the sea­son was just the thing to carry them to a 5-3 vic­tory that evened the three-game se­ries at Cam­den Yards.

This time, the Ori­oles did not waste a solid pitch­ing per­for­mance from one of the three vet­er­ans sched­uled to face the big-swing­ing Blue Jays lineup. Wade Mi­ley had de­liv­ered a qual­ity start Mon­day night, but got no run sup­port. Ubaldo Jimenez did the same Tues­day night, and this time it paid off.

Jimenez had pitched well in a duel with Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als ace Max Scherzer last week, only to get the loss for giv­ing up just one run. He car­ried a sim­i­lar out­ing deep into the game Tues­day, giv­ing up three hits through six in­nings, but he could not hold the two-run lead that Steve Pearce and Manny Machado pro­vided with fifth-in­ning home runs off 17- game win­ner J.A. Happ.

He al­lowed a two-run homer to Michael Saun­ders to tie the game at 3 and ended up with noth­ing to show for a qual­ity start for the sec­ond straight time.

Still, he gave the Ori­oles ef­fec­tive in­nings when they needed them most, even if he stayed at the party a bit too long.

So the Ori­oles had to go back to work, and Tonight, 7:05 TV: MASN Ra­dio: 105.7 FM Matt Wi­eters is con­grat­u­lated af­ter driv­ing in Jonathan Schoop with a homer onto the right-field flag court off Jason Grilli.

they did. Brad Brach (8-2) pitched 11⁄ score­less in­nings and Jonathan Schoop drew a two-out walk in the eighth to bring Wi­eters up.

Wi­eters saw just one pitch from Jays reliever Jason Grilli and parked it on the flag court to help pull the Ori­oles back to within three games of first place.

Zach Brit­ton came on to pitch a score­less ninth and record his league-lead­ing 39th save in as many op­por­tu­ni­ties. Manny facts: Machado be­came the youngest player in Ori­oles his­tory to hit his 100th ca­reer home run, at 24 years, 55 days. Ed­die Mur­ray hit his his 100th at 24 years, 177 days in 1980. Machado hit it in his 578th game, be­com­ing the third-fastest Ori­ole to do it by games played. Jimenez fi­nally blinks: Like Mi- ley the night be­fore, Jimenez worked into the sev­enth in­ning but gave up three straight hard-hit balls to yield the lead. Rus­sell Martin tom­a­hawked the first pitch of the in­ning into left field for a sin­gle and Troy Tu­low­itzki hit a line drive to cen­ter be­fore Jimenez fell be­hind on the count to Saun­ders and sur­ren­dered his 22nd home run of the sea­son.

KARL MER­TON FERRON/BAL­TI­MORE SUN

KARL MER­TON FERRON/BAL­TI­MORE SUN

Matt Wi­eters watches his two-run eighth-in­ning home run off Blue Jays reliever Jason Grilli. The homer, Wi­eters’ 12th of the sea­son, lifted the Ori­oles back to within three games of first place in the Amer­i­can League East.

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