BALTIMORE: For the second time in as many days, the Orioles used some late-inning magic to extend the best record in the American League.
The Orioles strung together singles by center fielder Adam Jones and second baseman Jonathan Schoop in the bottom of the 10th inning, then Jones scored on a fielding error on a chopper back to pitcher Jordan Lyles to give the Orioles a 3-2 win over the Colorado Rockies on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) at Camden Yards.
The victory gave the Orioles (58-40) five straight, and brought them to a season-high 18 games over .500.
On Sunday, it was outfielder Nolan Reimold whose pinch-hit, walk-off home run gave them a 5-3 win over the Cleveland Indians. Monday’s was just as dramatic. Third baseman Manny Machado hit the ball softly back to Lyles on the mound, who dropped the ball. He quickly gathered, but his throw to catcher Nick Hundley was low. Hundley didn’t catch it, and Jones slid in for the winning run safely.
Chaz Roe earned his first win of the season after pitching a scoreless 10th inning, combining for 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief with Mychal Givens and Zach Britton. Yovani Gallardo allowed a pair of runs in 6 2/3 innings while earning a no-decision.
The Orioles were left to rue a set of opportunities for big production in the early innings, opportunities that were mostly due to mistakes made by the visiting Rockies. Second baseman Jonathan Schoop’s 28th double of the year, followed by an error by Rockies Gold Glove third baseman Nolan Arenado and a walk loaded the bases for the Orioles in the first inning.
First baseman Chris Davis struck out, and catcher Matt Wieters grounded out to end that inning without a run. In the second inning, the Orioles had second and third with one out following another error by Arenado, but only scored once before Schoop grounded into a double play.
The Orioles trailed 2-1 entering their half of the seventh inning, but the bottom of the batting order sparked a long-awaited rally. Reimold was revealed to have been hit by a pitch on video replay. He went to third base when right fielder Dariel Alvarez, not exactly a bastion of plate discipline, worked an eight-pitch at-bat and doubled to left field. Center fielder Adam Jones drove Reimold home with a run-scoring ground ball to shortstop.