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