It was the longest game time wise in Baltimore Orioles history at six hours and fifty four minutes, but unfortunately ended with a David DeJesus RBI walkoff single in the bottom of the 18th to push the Tampa Bay Rays to a 5-4 victory Friday Night.
A bitter loss it was for the Orioles as they held a late inning lead, allowed an unearned run, left the bases loaded with no outs, and saw their starting pitcher put them in an early hole for the fourth straight game.
Jason Hammel allowed three runs in the first two innings to put the Orioles in an early 3-0 hole, but only two of the runs were earned as Chris Davis allowed a sharply hit ground ball to go through his legs in the first inning to allow an unearned run to score.
With Hammel only lasting five innings, Baltimore's bullpen wound up pitching 12 1/3 innings of relief, but allowed two crucial runs in the game tying and game winning runs. Kevin Gausman allowed the tying run in the seventh, and Bud Norris (10-12) gave up the game winning run in the 18th.
Despite the early 3-0 hole, the Orioles offense once again battled back. Baltimore loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the fifth inning and Adam Jones drove in the first run of the night for the Birds with an infield single to make it 3-1 and the Orioles still had bases loaded with no outs. Davis then followed with a strikeout on a questionable call and Danny Valencia grounded into a double play to end the inning.
Nick Markakis added a RBI groundout in the sixth inning for the Orioles second run of the game, while Baltimore would add two more in the seventh to take a 4-3 lead courtesy of a Jones RBI double and a Valencia sac fly.
The seventh inning would be the final time the Orioles would record a hit until a JJ Hardy single the top of the 18th. Jones, Hardy, Brian Roberts and Matt Wieters each had two hits apiece to lead the Orioles offense.
Baltimore would have moved to within a half game of a wildcard spot with a win, but now find themselves 2 1/2 games behind the Cleveland Indians for the second wildcard spot and three games behind the Rays. The Orioles and Rays will not have much time for rest as they get back to it this afternoon for a 1pm start time. Miguel Gonzalez (10-7) will get the start for the Birds against Tampa Bay starter Alex Cobb (9-3).
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