ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The running joke in the Orioles’ clubhouse before Sunday’s game against the Rays was that Matt Wieters couldn’t catch the series finale because his legs were tired from stealing two bases the night before.
In actuality, Wieters occasionally gets day-after-night games off, which allows the backup catcher an occasional game in the lineup.
Making his first start at catcher since July 28, Taylor Teagarden took advantage of Sunday’s start, driving in the game’s only run with a two-out, 10th-inning double off Rays reliever Joel Peralta to give the Orioles a 1-0 win over the Rays in front of an announced crowd of 29,530 at Tropicana Field.
The win was the Orioles’ 11th consecutive extra-inning victory and gave Baltimore sole possession of second place in the American League East, one game ahead of the Rays.
The Orioles also concluded their six-game road trip against the Yankees and Rays with a 4-2 record and two series wins.
Teagarden, who spent the entire first half of the season on the disabled list with a back injury, is just 3 for 28 on the season, but he’s had a knack for big hits in critical times. Those hits include a walk-off homer against the Detroit Tigers and a game-tying double.
Orioles rookie right-hander Miguel Gonzalez went pitch for pitch with David Price, continuing a string of three straight solid pitching performances at Tropicana Field.
Gonzalez had perhaps his best major league start, throwing seven scorelss innings and allowing just two hits while striking out four. He could have gone deeper if not for issuing four walks.
— Baltimore Sun