The Baltimore Orioles hasn’t won a game since last Friday night against Toronto. And Toronto, who’s had just about every bounce for their way in every game since then, hadn’t lost since that time. The Birds were sending a struggling Matt Harvey to the mound in Buffalo last night. But sometimes people and events surprise you. Harvey’s line: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 2 K.
Harvey pitched a great game. He also put innings in and helped save an over-taxed bullpen. He gave up a solo homer to Springer in the second which gave Toronto a 1-0 lead. However the Orioles immediately tied the game an inning later when Freddy Galvis grounded into a run-scoring double-play.
That sounds like a cheap way to score a run, and in a way it is. But when you’re struggling like the Orioles are you take runs however you can get them. That also perhaps put Toronto on notice that the O’s had about had it with watching them celebrate.
But Toronto would end up taking the lead back, and extending it. Guerrero smacked a solo homer in the last of the third, and Gurriel an RBI-double in the fourth. Semien’s two-RBI double in the seventh in theory should have been the fatal blow. That should have had the O’s simply playing out a string in the end of the game. Giving Harvey an undeserved loss, and extending the losing streak.
And Toronto seemed to sense that. Did they take their foot off the gas? Tough to say. But what we can say for sure is that the Birds had other ideas of how this game was going to end.
Ryan Mountcastle’s RBI-single in the eighth cut the lead to 5-2. After Toronto changed pitchers, Anthony Santander smacked an RBI-single, cutting the lead to 5-3. Notice that Toronto changed pitchers; remember how I said above how they had just about every bounce go their way of late? They probably figured that changing pitchers would work simply because they were lucky and the Orioles weren’t. Not on this day.
Austin Hays would smack a two-RBI double, which brought the O’s all the way back and tied the game. A game that eventually went to extra innings, and that the Orioles won in the tenth inning when Pat Valaika walked with the bases loaded. The O’s held onto win 6-5.
As I said, the Orioles had to have been tired of watching Toronto celebrate inning after inning. And it started last Saturday when they savagely came back on the O’s with a six-run ninth inning. They’ve now kind of been paid back for that. Turnabout is fair play.