Orioles Rally to Score Three in Ninth Inning but Fall in 12

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By Jeff Zrebiec
Baltimore Sun
Wednesday, June 24, 2009

MIAMI, June 23 -- This is the last way the Orioles wanted their five-game winning streak and one of their most improbable comebacks of the season to end.

Down by three runs with two outs and nobody on in the ninth, Baltimore strung together five straight singles to tie the game. However, they were forced to trudge off the field three innings later as the Florida Marlins celebrated a 7-6 victory before what remained of an announced 10,222 on Tuesday night at Land Shark Stadium.

Jorge CantĂș's 12th inning RBI single off Brian Bass gave the Marlins the win. Bass's problems started with a leadoff four-pitch walk to Emilio Bonifacio and then a wild pitch. The Orioles intentionally walked Hanley Ramirez before CantĂș's single scored Bonifacio from second base. Left fielder Luke Scott made a good throw on the play, but catcher Gregg Zaun couldn't corral it as Bonifacio slid in safely.

The Orioles had a chance to score the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th inning, but a base running gaffe by Ty Wigginton cost them a crucial opportunity.

The Orioles, who had only one hit through the first seven innings off Marlins starter Andrew Miller, scored twice in the eighth inning on Matt Wieters's second career homer and Brian Roberts's double-play ball.

Down 6-3 in the ninth against Marlins closer Matt Lindstrom, the Orioles got what appeared to be an innocent two-out single by Melvin Mora. Then pinch hitter Luke Scott singled. Wieters then cut the Orioles' deficit to 6-4 with a base hit before being lifted for a pinch runner in the form of starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie.

Wigginton then made it a one-run game with a pinch-hit single. Marlins Manager Fredi Gonzalez pulled Lindstrom in favor of Brian Sanchez, who promptly allowed the game-tying single to Oscar Salazar.

The Marlins had taken a 6-1 lead in the seventh inning on a grand slam by Ramirez.


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