Pedro Alvarez's inadvertent heads-up play sets up Orioles' walk-off win
Dramatic, game-winning rallies can be sparked in a number of ways. Walks, hits, catcher's interference, errors, the list is plentiful.
Sunday's 5-3 walk-off win by the Orioles over the Indians at Camden Yards had already experienced one odd sequence before the O's game-winning rally started with a strikeout. Pedro Alvarez swung at an 0-2 pitch, striking out, but after the ball bounced away, he took off for first base. Cleveland catcher Roberto Perez had plenty of time to nab Alvarez at first after the ricochet, but then ... this happened:
As a result, Alvarez reached first. Three batters later, pinch-hitter Nolan Reimold stepped up and crushed a game-winning homer, plating Alvarez as the lead run.