Goldschmidt hits two late homers to beat Orioles

Goldschmidt hits two late homers to beat Orioles
August 14, 2013, 12:45 am
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For the second time in as many nights, the Orioles bullpen let them down. And for the second straight night, the Arizona Diamondbacks beat with a game-winning home run.

Paul Goldschmidt tied the game in the ninth with a home run and won it in the 11th with another.

The Orioles’ 4-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks was disheartening because for the second straight outing, Jim Johnson was not at his best.

With a one-run lead entering the ninth, Johnson, who leads the major leagues with 39 saves, blew his eighth. On Friday in San Francisco, Johnson couldn’t hold a one-run lead, but the Orioles still won it

T.J. McFarland (1-1), hadn’t pitched in 10 days, threw a scoreless 10th, but gave up Goldschmidt’s 29th home run of the season.

Heath Bell (3-1) got the win with a scoreless 11th.

Goldschmidt led off the ninth by hitting his 28th home run of the year to tie the game off Johnson. With one out, Martin Prado singled and Gerardo Parra doubled to center, but Wil Nieves struck out and Didi Gregorius grounded out to send the game to extra innings.

On Monday night, Darren O’Day allowed a ninth-inning home run to Adam Eaton.

Chris Davis became the fourth leading single season home run hitter in Orioles (65-54) history on Tuesday night. Davis cracked his 44th homer, a two-run shot and Miguel Gonzalez pitched seven strong innings, but wasn’t rewarded.

Davis hit his home run in the fourth inning, and trails only Brady Anderson (50), Frank Robinson (49) and Jim Gentile (46) for most home runs in team history.

J.J. Hardy added his 22nd home run in the fifth inning off Arizona (61-57) starter Randall Delgado

Gonzalez allowed just two hits through six innings. He allowed two runs in the seventh on a triple to Aaron Hill, an infield out by Prado and Parra’s eighth home run of the year.

Francisco Rodriguez pitched a perfect eighth.

In seven innings, Gonzalez allowed two runs on five hits. He struck out three and didn’t walk a batter.

On Wednesday, Chris Tillman (14-3, 3.73) faces Patrick Corbin (12-3, 2.33). If the Orioles win, they’ll have a 5-3 road trip.