Cruz tied the game with a grand slam in the 8th, and in the 12th inning David Lough scored on a wild pitch as the Orioles beat the Chicago White Sox 5-4.
Talk is that the Tampa Bay ace soon will be traded, but that hasn't affected his recent performances.
Nelson Cruz is looking forward to his likely participation in next month's All-Star Game. He hasn't decided if he would take part in the Home Run Derby if asked.
Bud Norris will not start on Friday because of his sore groin. Chris Tillman will start instead.
Manny Machado's suspension hearing was held on Wednesday. He said he thought it was fair and went well.