BALTIMORE — Tommy Hunter was one pitch away from his fourth save in as many chances Saturday night before he didn’t get the check swing, third-strike call he wanted.
On the next pitch, the Baltimore Orioles closer didn’t get the save either, as Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus yanked a 98-mph fastball over the right-center field wall to tie the game and push the Orioles into their first extra-inning game of the season.
The Orioles rebounded three innings later when Steve Lombardozzi tripled with one out and then scored on David Lough’s single to give the Orioles a 2-1, 12-inning victory and send what was remaining of the announced crowd of 30,446 at Camden Yards home happy.
“This team is fun to watch,” said starter Bud Norris, who did his part by throwing seven scoreless innings. “The way we played today and the way we battled back to come back and win was pretty awesome.”
Lough, in his first start back after dealing with a recurrence of concussion symptoms, also scored the Orioles’ first run. As a reward for his game-winning night, Lough got his first, post-game shaving cream pie in the face from Adam Jones. It was done gingerly though and with a warning from Jones that it was coming. Of course it occurred after 24 of his teammates mobbed and shook Lough as his liner dropped into left and Lombardozzi scored.
“With the infield in, I was just looking for a good pitch and then try to get it out there somewhere where Lombardozzi could come and score,” said Lough, who hadn’t started a game since Monday. “When Lombardozzi hit the ball, I was in the on-deck circle jumping up and down, waving my arms telling him to keep going. It was a good team win.”
— Baltimore Sun