BALTIMORE -- The Orioles kept right on rolling Wednesday night, using a walk-off walk from Seth Smith to win a marathon, 11-inning series finale, 5-4 against the Rays at Camden Yards.Down a run, Jonathan Schoop tied the game on a sacrifice fly -- his 13th RBI of the year --
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles kept right on rolling Wednesday night, using a walk-off walk from Seth Smith to win a marathon, 11-inning series finale, 5-4 against the Rays at Camden Yards.
Down a run, Jonathan Schoop tied the game on a sacrifice fly -- his 13th RBI of the year -- to bring up Ryan Flaherty, who drew a walk to load the bases. The next batter, Smith, received four consecutive balls from Danny Farquhar to seal the win.
"It's awesome. Every win is big. That's all that matters at the end of the day, at the end of the season," Smith said. "[To] be down in extra innings and come back and win is always good for the morale and moving forward."
The Rays -- who took the lead on Jesus Sucre's broken-bat single in the 11th inning off of reliever Alec Asher -- wasted a fantastic night from Timothy Beckham, who homered twice and doubled.
Down a run, the Rays loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth and Brad Miller's one-out RBI groundout -- charged to Mychal Givens -- evened things up. Reliever Darren O'Day worked his way out of the rest of the jam.
Beckham had the first multi-homer game of his career, going deep off of Orioles starter Dylan Bundy in the third and fifth innings. Those were the only runs allowed by Bundy, who went 6 1/3 innings in his fifth consecutive quality start.
Rays starter Alex Cobb went five innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on eight hits and two walks.
Flaherty, making just his second start of the season, had his first hit, run and RBI.
"It's just fun to get out there and play," Flaherty said. "When you get a chance to get out there, you try to help the team win, move the chains and keep it going."
But the Rays came away with a very difficult loss.
"Any time you lose a ballgame on a bases-loaded walk, it's going to be difficult," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "But really happy with the way the guys came back, got back in the ballgame [and] tied it up."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Beckham heating up: Beckham enjoyed a two-homer day, but also had a one-out double in the ninth. After a slow start, Beckham now has four homers and eight RBIs as the shortstop leaves the three-game series red-hot at the plate.
"It [stinks] to keep losing tough games," Beckham said. "I just want to take it day to day and continue to see the ball and continue to trust my approach and [help win] some ballgames. Just take it day by day, at-bat by at-bat, and hopefully good things will happen."
Smith scores on a single: Smith was in the middle of several plays Wednesday, including a memorable one in the second. The O's scored a pair of runs on two throwing errors by the Rays, on the same play. Smith, who advanced to second on Kevin Kiermaier's errant throw, headed home after Cobb's throw to try to nab Ryan Flaherty at third base hit off his helmet and sailed into the outfield.
"That was an upper," O's manager Buck Showalter said of the play. "They helped us a little bit, but that was aggressive in the right places. Sometimes you can be aggressive in the wrong places."
The Orioles optioned Paul Fry back to Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday. Fry was recalled as insurance for the bullpen prior to the game and did not pitch.
"As a bullpen guy, I mean, those are the spots that you live for. You want to be in those big-game moments. So I think, as a reliever, you dream for those spots. My mindset was, obviously, to get ahead. I couldn't do that, and by the time I started throwing strikes, it was too late." -- Farquhar
Rays: Following an off-day, Blake Snell takes the mound at 7:07 p.m. ET Friday in the series opener at Toronto. He is looking to get deeper into the game, having gone five innings or less in 11 of his last 13 starts.
Orioles: The Orioles have an off-day Thursday, and starter Kevin Gausman will take the mound at 7:10 p.m. ET Friday to kick off the series against the Yankees. The righty was already off to a tough start to 2017 before his most recent outing against Boston in which he gave up five earned runs in 5 1/3 innings pitched.
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