Trumbo swings into ac­tion in 12th

Baltimore Sun - - ORIOLES - By Peter Schmuck peter.schmuck@balt­ twit­­muck­S­top

For seven in­nings Fri­day night, it looked like the Ori­oles had al­ready packed up their bats for the win­ter.

They had floun­dered for six in­nings against one of the most in­ef­fec­tive starters in the Na­tional League and ap­peared dead in the wa­ter against one of the losingest teams in base­ball. It had reached the point that the an­nounced crowd of 37,815 was just happy to be go­ing home with those cool Hyun Soo Kim Korean-lan­guage Tshirts.

Then some­thing al­most mirac­u­lous hap­pened. The Ori­oles re­dis­cov­ered their power stroke just in the nick of time. Mark Trumbo home­red to lead off the 12th in­ning as the Ori­oles came back to score a dra­matic 3-2 vic­tory over the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs at Cam­den Yards.

Pe­dro Al­varez fi­nally got them off the deck with a long home run off re­liever En­rique Bur­gos with two outs in the eighth in­ning, and Matt Wi­eters led off the ninth with a flag-court shot off Daniel Hudson to tie the game. The Ori­oles (83-71) came close to win­ning it in the ninth when Adam Jones de­liv­ered a one-out sin­gle with J.J. Hardy on sec­ond base. But Hardy was thrown out at the plate on a play that man­ager Buck Showal­ter chal­lenged in case catcher Wel­ing­ton Castillo had il­le­gally blocked home plate.

The Ori­oles loaded the bases in the 11th but failed to score be­fore Trumbo crushed his ma­jor league­lead­ing 44th homer to left field to fin­ish off the Di­a­mond­backs.

For the first seven in­nings, it was the same old story. The Ori­oles could not get any of­fen­sive trac­tion, even onanight when­theDi­a­mond­backs sent a pitcher to the mound with a 2-12 record and a 6.90 ERA. Shelby Miller had not de­liv­ered a score­less out­ing of any length this sea­son, but he held the Ori­oles to three harm­less hits over six shutout in­nings Fri­day. You fig­ure it out.

Ori­oles starter Yo­vani Gal­lardo wasn’t over­pow­er­ing, but you can bet that Showal­ter would have signed up in blood to get the per­for­mance he de­liv­ered. Gal­lardo al­lowed sin­gle runs in the first and sec­ond in­nings, then shut down the Di­a­mond­backs un­til it was time to line up the short-re­lief crew.

Dar­ren O’Day, Brad Brach, My­chal Givens, Zach Brit­ton, Tommy Hunter and Oliver Drake (Navy) pitched score­less in­nings to buy some time and the of­fense fi­nally came to the res­cue. Op­por­tu­ni­ties lost: The Ori­oles loaded the bases with two outs in the first in­ning against Miller with a cou­ple of walks and a sin­gle by Manny Machado, but Al­varez was caught look­ing. The in­ning also fea­tured a tow­er­ing fly ball by Chris Davis that might have been a home run if right fielder Yas­many To­mas had not had plenty of time to set­tle un­der it and reach up­be­fore it seemed des­tined to land on the roof of the grounds crew shed.

The Ori­oles also had run­ners at sec­ond and third with one out in the sixth in­ning be­fore Al­varez and Jonathan Schoop popped out to end the in­ning.

Starters: Di­a­mond­backs’ Rob­bie Ray (8-13, 4.66) vs. Wade Mi­ley (8-13, 5.65)

Starters: Di­a­mond­backs’ Braden Ship­ley (4-3, 5.56) vs. Dy­lan Bundy (9-6, 4.13)

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