For Patton, Baltimore, first extra-innings loss

May 23, 2014

Left-hander Troy Patton was one strike from escaping a bases-loaded jam in the 13th inning as the Baltimore Orioles and Cleveland Indians played late into Thursday night.

One moment, the few fans who remained at Camden Yards among the empty green seats were on their feet cheering. The next, following Carlos Santana’s line-hugging, two-out, two-run double, they quickly flocked to the exits.

Patton, the fifth Orioles’ reliever of the night, allowed Santana’s game-winning hit, sending the Orioles to their first loss in five extra-inning games this season with an 8-7 defeat.

The Indians did everything they could to help the Orioles win the game early. Wild pitching, errant throws, batted balls that fell between outfielders; the Indians looked like a team that arrived in Baltimore after playing a 13-inning game the night before, which they had done.

They were in for another long night on Thursday; the game went 4 hours 22 minutes.

But they finally got to Patton in the 13th. Entering with one out, Patton allowed back-to-back singles to Michael Brantley and Lonnie Chisenhall, then walked Nick Swisher to load the bases.

After getting Yan Gomes to fly out to right, Santana took a 1-2 pitch from Patton down the third-base line and under the leaping feet of third-base umpire Alan Porter to score two runs.

Patton (0-1) has given up six runs in 62 / 3 innings this season.

— Baltimore Sun

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