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Orioles vs. Blue Jays: Nelson Cruz hits grand slam among Baltimore’s four home runs

Orioles teammates Nelson Cruz (23) i s greeted at home plate by teammates after his grand slam. Cruz finished with two home runs and five RBI in the comeback win. (Dan Hamilton/Usa Today Sports)

Balls can fly when the roof at Rogers Centre is closed, so the Baltimore Orioles still had plenty of time despite falling behind by five runs in the second inning Wednesday against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Nelson Cruz, who has been the Orioles’ best offensive weapon this season, did the most damage with his 11th career multihomer game, including a mammoth go-ahead grand slam that landed five rows deep into the second deck in left-center field.

The Orioles have seen their own leads disappear in two games this week — and almost in a third — but this time they rallied from an early deficit.

Nothing has been easy for the Orioles lately, though, and a familiar script played out in their 10-8 victory as the teams combined for seven homers in front of an announced crowd of 15,202.

Clinging to a two-run lead in the ninth inning, Orioles closer Tommy Hunter loaded the bases with one out before inducing a game-ending double play ball to convert his sixth save in seven opportunities.

After giving up a lead of at least three runs in two of their past three games, the Orioles came back from a 6-1 second-inning deficit Wednesday and held on late.

The Orioles (10-10), who hit a season-high four homers against Toronto in the game, took the lead with a six-run fifth inning in which they sent 11 batters to the plate.

“We always have a shot, you know?,” Cruz said. “We did the right thing, went out there and got a few walks, got some hits at the right time and got the big hit when we needed it. It was nice to support [Orioles starter Chris] Tillman when he needed it.”

— Baltimore Sun


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