BALTIMORE -- Seth Smith singled in the third inning ... and then made it all the way home in Wednesday's 5-4, 11-inning Orioles win."That was a deflating inning," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "No doubt about it."The O's outfielder -- who also had the walk-off walk in the 11th --
BALTIMORE -- Seth Smith singled in the third inning ... and then made it all the way home in Wednesday's 5-4, 11-inning Orioles win.
"That was a deflating inning," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "No doubt about it."
The O's outfielder -- who also had the walk-off walk in the 11th -- was part of a bizarre sequence of events against the Rays that led to Baltimore plating a pair of runs. Smith knocked a two-out single to center field, then advanced to second on Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier's error, with Ryan Flaherty advancing to third on the hit.
"It was just a bad play," Rays third baseman Evan Longoria said. "We had the one mistake play with [Alex] Cobb that cost us the two runs, and then after that, the pitching was good, we battled back and put ourselves in position to win. I think the ball just went straight through to the dugout. Cobb was in the right position, [but] the play sped up right there."
Kiermaier's throw to third came in behind Flaherty's slide and skipped past the base. Flaherty took a few steps toward home as the throw was corraled by Cobb, before jumping back toward third. Cobb threw the ball to third in an attempt to pick off Flaherty, but his throw caromed off Flaherty's helmet and shot into left field, allowing Flaherty and Smith to run home.
"I was trying to steal second and he put the ball in play and it turned into a circus," Flaherty said. "[Smith] hit it, try to get to third. Going to third the ball gets away, try to go home, then you realize don't go home. You go back to third, it ends up hitting you in the helmet. It bounces in the outfield for an inside-the-park home run. One time in the Minor Leagues I was on the bad end of that. It's a complete circus play."
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