BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Orioles apparently don’t need to play well for a full game, just as long they get a few big moments when it matters most. Sometimes, they don’t even need a hit.
Looking like they were about to lose the rubber match of their three-game series against the struggling Chicago White Sox, the Orioles rallied for the second time in three nights, winning, 5-4, on a game-winning wild pitch in the 12th inning after a 69-minute rain delay.
What was left of the announced crowd of 22,020 roared as the Orioles charged out to home plate to meet pinch-runner David Lough.
It was a tempered version of Monday’s 6-4 victory celebration, when Chris Davis hit a game-ending, three-run homer in the ninth.
Nelson Cruz tied the game for the Orioles with a grand slam in the eighth inning.
Catcher Nick Hundley led off the 12th by drawing a walk from Chicago reliever Daniel Webb (4-2). Nick Markakis followed with a single to right center that sent Lough to third base.
Lough actually ran through coach Bobby Dickerson’s stop sign and fell down the third-base line but scampered back to the base safely.
White Sox Manager Robin Ventura argued Dickerson helped Lough get back to third, but the umpires rejected that claim.
Webb then threw his next pitch to the backstop, and Lough dashed home.
The second-place Orioles (41-36) are now just 1½ games behind the Toronto Blue Jays (44-36) in the AL East.
— Baltimore Sun