BALTIMORE -- Mark Trumbo's walk-off single propelled the Orioles in Tuesday's 6-5, 10-inning win over the Pirates at Oriole Park.
Backed by Jonathan Schoop's two homers, Baltimore rallied from a three-run deficit for its fifth walk-off win of the year. After Adam Jones' one-out single, Manny Machado came dangerously close to ending things with a fly ball to the warning track. Jones, who hustled to tag up and get to second on the play, raced home on Trumbo's ensuing center-field single off of Pirates reliever Wade LeBlanc.
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"Huge play. As much as my approach changes if he's not there," Trumbo said of Jones racing to second on Machado's ball. "It was a heads up play and that's why he's really good."
Schoop forced extras as Pirates closer Tony Watson was charged with his fourth blown save on the year. Chris Davis singled to start off the ninth and Schoop -- who followed Davis with a homer in the seventh -- launched a two-run blast to tie the game at 5.
"It's the third blown save in two weeks," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "The changeup was up and Schoop put a big swing on it. He put a big swing on a pitch earlier -- I think it was a breaking ball from [Pirates starter Ivan Nova] that we hung. Wade has had a lot more success against right-handers than left-handers and those guys have been reverse split guys. They just beat us. They beat us. We went with our strengths and they came back and won late."
Nova, who entered the day ranked fifth in the National League in ERA, went six innings for the 12th consecutive start and handcuffed the Orioles for most of the evening before exiting due to left knee inflammation. After a first-inning homer by Seth Smith, Nova allowed just two more hits until the seventh when back-to-back blasts from Davis and Schoop ended the 87-pitch outing.
"I missed two pitches," Nova said. "Not two because the first one was a changeup. I thought it was a good pitch. The guy put the barrel on the ball. The other one was a really high curve. I don't know how he got that ball. I thought it was a foul ball, but it stayed in play. No [the knee didn't cause the home runs]. I missed the pitch."
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The Pirates put the first four batters on in the second against Orioles starter Kevin Gausman, with Machado's errant throw on Josh Bell's infield hit compounding matters. Andrew McCutchen singled in a run, John Jaso doubled in Bell and the third score came on Jordy Mercer's groundout.
"I think that's a theme for me, really, this whole season is giving up way too many two-strike hits. I threw some great pitches to get to that point, but obviously, they also did a really good job with some fastballs up and just kind of didn't hit them hard, but just kind of hit them where guys weren't," said Gausman, who went 6 2/3 innings, of the second. "Right there, you've just got to try to minimize as much as you can."
David Freese extended the Pirates' lead to 4-1 with a solo homer, his sixth of the year, one out into the sixth.
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Schoop forces extras: The O's second baseman, who turned in his fifth career multi-homer game and first of the year, continues to be a consistent force in Baltimore's lineup. Schoop now has 10 homers on the year and a team-leading 31 RBIs.
"Jon watches how people are pitching him and what he's doing wrong and he makes adjustments to patterns and what they're doing," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "I think that's a sign [of maturity] is that he takes things that are going on with him and makes some adjustments to them and tries to do something else different." More >
Deep Freese: The Pirates third baseman had just one extra-base hit in 10 games coming into Tuesday before he unloaded on Gausman's 3-1 four-seamer. Fresh off his first three-RBI game since June 26, 2016, on Sunday, Freese went 2-for-5 with two runs scored Tuesday night.
"I think he's trending up," Hurdle said. "The swings have been crust. Dave works hard on staying inside the ball and driving the ball the other way. We saw some of that in New York. We saw some more of it tonight."
Pirates: The Bucs will send Chad Kuhl to the mound Wednesday night in the final game of the two-game set against the Orioles. Kuhl is coming off one of his better outings of the year after holding the Diamondbacks to just two runs on three hits through five innings last time out. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. ET.
Orioles: The Orioles will send Wade Miley to the mound for Wednesday's series finale against the Pirates. The lefty went seven strong innings and picked up the win on Thursday night against Boston, walking just one batter in a much-improved command game. Miley's season ERA dropped to 2.82.
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