Wieters talks about walk off
BALTIMORE – All afternoon, the Orioles had runners in scoring position and did almost nothing with them.
In the 10th inning, Matt Wieters changed all that.
Wieters’ two-out line drive base hit to right scored Chris Dickerson and Nick Markakis and gave the Orioles a 4-3 win over the Chicago White Sox before 25,653 at Oriole Park on Saturday.
Prior to Wieters’ hit, the Orioles were 1-for-17 with runners in scoring position.
“I thought we deserved it,” manager Buck Showalter said. “It was frustrating, but we finally break through there at the end.”
Henry Urrutia singled off Addison Reed (5-3) with one out. Dickerson ran for him and advanced to third on Markakis’ single to left. Nate McLouth struck out as Markakis stole second. Wieters singled to right giving the Orioles their third straight win.
Wieters started the game on the bench, but came on as a pinch-hitter in the eighth.
“It was a slider. I swung through a slider the AB before on a pitch that I felt I could have done something with and took a little bit of a bad swing at it. I knew that was definitely an option that they (could) come at me. I just wanted to stay back and try to find some outfield grass,” Wieters said.
“I knew it was kind of hanging, but once I checked where the right fielder was hanging, I knew it was going to drop.”
Dickerson had a good feeling on Markakis’ hit.
“[It] was kind of a jam shot; it's one of those things...if it's going to fall, it's going to fall. But I got a good read and i knew it was going to kind of die a lot sooner than he expected, and was probably going to tail towards the line. That's a tough ball for any left fielder. You should be getting on third,” Dickerson said.
Conor Gillaspie hit a home run onto the flag court in right field off Tommy Hunter (4-3) in the 10th to put Chicago (56-85) up 3-2.
“With all the guys we left out there with less than two outs, I guess you kind of figured it would take someone doing it with two outs eventually. That’s was huge. I think the homer was obviously a little demoralizing in the 10th and for us to come back and act like nothing happened. Hopefully, this is one of those days you look back on and say, ‘That was huge,’” Brian Roberts said.
The Orioles (76-65) entered the game trailing Tampa Bay by two games for the final wild-card spot. They’ve now won three straight for the first time since Aug. 6-9.
"You're in the dugout and you get a certain feel. There's a lot of people frustrated for the right reasons. And to end up on the good side of it, you're excited about that for our players, and for our fans,” Showalter said.
The Orioles scored a run off Hector Santiago in the first. Manny Machado singled with one out and scored on Chris Davis’ two-out double. It was Davis’ 124th RBI.
In the fourth, Chicago, which lost for the ninth straight time, tied the score off Wei-Yin Chen on Alexei Ramirez’s double and a two-out single by Avisail Garcia.
Dayan Viciedo led off the fifth with a home run, but the Orioles tied it in the bottom of the fifth when Roberts homered. It was Roberts’ fourth home run of the season..
Chen was pulled after six innings. He allowed two runs on six hits, struck out eight and walked none. After allowing five walks at Yankee Stadium last Sunday, he settled down, but has now won just once in his last seven starts.
“I’m very satisfied today. I limited the runs I gave out and I tried to trust my defense today,” Chen said through his interpreter.
In the eighth, the Orioles had first and third with one out, and again didn’t score. After Danny Valencia singled, McLouth grounded to second baseman Leury Garcia, who muffed the ball, and there were runners on first and third with one out. McLouth stole second.
After Wieters struck out, Roberts grounded to second, and the Orioles were 1-for-16 with runners in scoring position.
Since losing eight straight one-run games, the Orioles have two of three in a game that was important.
“It’s not like we had to win and someone else had to lose to get us in or out. But everything is important from here on out. You certainly don’t want to leave them out there. The one run games you really need to win definitely,” Roberts said.
NOTES: Davis is tied with Eddie Murray for the fourth most RBIs in any Orioles season.
-Bud Norris (10-10, 4.01) faces Andre Rienzo (1-1, 5.03) on Sunday.