O's end slide on Lough's dramatic HR in 10th
BALTIMORE -- Rarely used Oriole David Lough hit his first career walkoff homer to give Baltimore a 5-4 win in 10 innings over Boston, snapping a season-high five-game losing streak in the process.
Lough, who was mobbed by his teammates when he arrived back at home plate, was a late-game addition and deposited a ball over the right-field scoreboard off Koji Uehara. It was the O's second run of the inning, as Adam Jones tripled and scored on Chris Davis' sacrifice fly to negate Xander Bogaerts' solo shot off reliever Brad Brach in the top of the 10th.
"He needed that," Jones said. "The team and the individual. I'm glad [Lough] was in that situation. Started the season on the DL and hasn't been playing too much. Got an opportunity and rode with it."
Down one, Boston tied the game in the ninth on O's closer Zach Britton, using a leadoff walk and a pair of infield singles to load the bases. Pablo Sandoval hit into what looked to be a game-ending double play, but Manny Machado -- after stepping on third base -- threw wildly to first to extend the inning and allow a run across.
Red-hot Jimmy Paredes, who had a career-high four hits, gave the O's a temporary lead with a fifth-inning solo homer off Sox starter Justin Masterson. Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen gave a slumping rotation a shot in the arm, going a season-high eight innings and holding the Red Sox to only Mike Napoli's two-run homer.
Amid continuous protests in the area for Freddie Gray, the Orioles -- who shut down at least one gate -- told fans to stay at Camden Yards until the 10th inning, when they were permitted to leave and told the safest routes.
"These guys are aware of what's going on. I'm sure we'll have people talk about spending the night here," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "There are so many things that can take your attention away from a baseball game, rightfully so. As important as we think this is, there are some things that are more important."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Lough the hero: The speedy outfielder -- who entered the game initially as a pinch-runner, picked a great time for his first homer of the season, in his first at-bat of the night.
"I know the odds of him, and what he throws. He likes to throw a splitter a lot," Lough said. "I just wanted to put together a good at-bat, maybe try to draw a walk or whatever, and then got that 3-2, and he ended up throwing me one over the plate where I got a good piece of wood."
Big bang: Bogaerts picked the right time to hit his first homer of the season. He belted a solo homer off Brach on the first pitch of the top of the 10th to snap a 3-3 tie.
Chen steps up: The lefty turned in the longest appearance by an Oriole starter this year, keeping Boston in check for much of the night and retiring the final 12 batters he faced.
Napoli busts out: Napoli snapped an 0-for-10 skid with his two-run homer off the right-field foul pole in the second inning, tying the game at 2-2. Napoli later added a single to finish 2-for-3 and improve his average from .143 to .169.
No save here: Uehara, the usually very reliable closer, couldn't get it done Saturday night. He entered in the 10th with a 4-3 lead but gave up a triple to Jones followed by a Davis sacrifice fly to tie it. Lough then hit a walk-off homer to win it. More >
"We understand what's going on and we understand people are upset and rightfully so. But I think there's a constructive way to protest and there's a destructive way to protest. I think for us, I think we'd rather see people get their point across without damaging anything or put anybody's lives in jeopardy. I hope this blows over and we can get past it and move forward because this is too good of a city for this to happen." -- Davis said of the protests
"It's a high-risk, high-reward play. He was there in plenty of time. He lost the ball on the dive, and that was the difference in making the catch or not. Despite the dive, he's giving obviously a strong effort but ended up losing it in the lights." -- Red Sox manager John Farrell on Allen Craig trying to make a diving catch in the 10th, a play that turned into a triple for Jones and started the game-winning rally
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David Ortiz hit a three-run homer in Friday's win, and those RBIs moved him up on the career list. He now has 1,541 RBIs and moved past Willie Stargell (1,540) and Harry Heilmann (1,539) and up to 44th on the all-time list.
Paredes has homered in back-to-back games for the first time in his career and is batting .414 since being activated from the disabled list a week ago.
PROTEST REACHES OPACY
Due to a planned demonstration in downtown Baltimore for Gray that reached just outside the stadium, at least one Camden Yards entrance was closed, with the O's urging fans to not leave the stadium until the bottom of the 10th inning. The 25-year-old Gray suffered a spinal injury at some point after he was detained by Baltimore police on April 12 and died a week later. More >
Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy had a Cortisone injection in his left shoulder on Saturday and will be shut down until Wednesday. More >
Red Sox: The Red Sox are hoping that left-hander Wade Miley can pitch like he did in his last start when going to the mound Sunday. Miley (1-1, 6.08) threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings in a win over the Rays on April 21, his best effort of the young season.
Orioles: Baltimore will send Bud Norris to the mound as the righty looks to get his season on track. Norris lost on Tuesday after allowing nine runs on six hits and three walks with two strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings.
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