Wi­eters’ two-out, three-run sin­gle lifts Ori­oles past Yan­kees

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By SEAN GROGAN

drew a walk to lead off the bot­tom of the in­ning and Chris Davis fol­lowed with a line-drive sin­gle into The Baltimore Ori­oles were shut cen­ter field. Nolan Reimold and out over the first 7 2-3 in­nings, but Jonathon Schoop then struck out with two outs con­sec­u­tively, bring­ing catcher in the bot­tom Fran­cisco Pena to the plate with of the eighth, two out and two on. He loaded the Matt Wi­eters bases for Wi­eters’ first at-bat of the day.droveinall W the runs they ieters de­liv­ered a two-RBI would need in shot that drove in Trumbo and Daa pinch-hit at vis. Pena also scored on the play bat. thanks to a field­ing er­ror by New

Baltimore York. The at-bat ac­counted for all trailed the of the Ori­oles’ runs in a se­riesNew York clinch­ing 3-1 vic­tory. Yan­kees by “Some­times you kind of wait una run en­ter­ing the eighth Sun­day til the last sec­ond to throw someat Cam­den Yards. Mark Trumbo thing at some­body that’s go­ing to

sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com be chal­leng­ing,” Ori­oles man­ager Buck Showal­ter said of the de­ci­sion to bat Wi­eters.

Wi­eters dug him­self into an 0-2 hole be­fore de­liv­er­ing the game win­ner.

“[I kept the] same ap­proach as 0-0, just try­ing to be as short as pos­si­ble and just, if you can get the bar­rel on it, he’ll sup­ply the power to be able to get it through the in­field,” Wi­eters said.

Starter Kevin Gaus­man al­lowed seven hits and struck out five over six in­nings of work. He al­lowed one run – an Alex Ro­driguez sin­gle that scored Ja­coby Ells­bury in the top of the third in­ning.

“They got two or three play­ers that are go­ing to the Hall of Fame. It’s a tough lineup to go through,” Showal­ter said. “I would’ve said that win, lose or draw to­day, and the guy gave us six in­nings and gave up one run. I’ll take that every night.”

The Ori­oles trailed 1-0 when Gaus­man ex­ited af­ter six, but in his mind, he had done his job.

“You just try to give your team a chance to win,” he said. “You give th­ese guys an op­por­tu­nity late in the game, they’re go­ing to – more of­ten than not – they’re go­ing to come up for you and put some good at bats to­gether.”

T.J. McFar­land earned the win for Baltimore (32-23). The righty sur­ren­dered three hits and struck out two in two in­nings of work.

Closer Zach Brit­ton put the Yan­kees (26-30) down in or­der in the top of the ninth in­ning for his 17th save in as many op­por­tu­ni­ties this sea­son.

New York starter CC Sa­bathia sur­ren­dered just two hits and struck out five in five shutout in­nings.

Be­fore Wi­eters de­liv­ered his game-win­ning shot, the bot­tom of the eighth in­ning was de­layed one hour, 37 min­utes. The Ori­oles had two run­ners on base with a sin­gle out when the storm clouds rolled in to halt the ac­tion.

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CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY SEAN GROGAN

Baltimore Ravens wide re­ceiver Bre­shad Per­ri­man catches a pass dur­ing or­ga­nized team ac­tiv­i­ties. Per­ri­man missed his en­tire rookie sea­son with a knee in­jury.

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