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Orioles beat Rays in 14 innings to complete sweep

Sep 13, 2012, 6:51 PM EDT

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Another day, another one-run victory for the unstoppable Orioles.

Baltimore beat Tampa Bay 3-2 in 14 innings Thursday to complete a three-game sweep. Manny Machado came up big again, delivering a game-winning single after starting the day 0-for-5.

It looked like the Orioles would win it in the 13th, but Chris Archer, making his first major league relief appearance, got three outs to escape a bases-loaded jam. The first out was aided by a five-man infield, as Robert Andino grounded to second and the Rays got the out at home. Archer then struck out pinch-hitter Matt Wieters and Nate McLouth.

Archer went on to take the loss in the 14th. After pitching 3 2/3 scoreless innings, he allowed a walk to Adam Jones and back-to-back singles to Endy Chavez and Machado, ending the game.

Baltimore’s early hero was catcher Taylor Teagarden, as the .119 hitter put the team on the board with a two-run double in the seventh. He has just six hits this season, but they include two homers and three doubles. He had a walkoff homer in his first appearance of the season for the team on July 14.

The Orioles have now won 13 straight extra-inning games. They’re an incredible 27-7 in one-run games this season. At 81-62, they’ve ensured themselves their first .500 season since 1997, not they they seem likely to stop there, as they’re 26-11 since Aug. 3. All that and they’ve still been outscored 643-623 for the season.

As for the Rays, things look pretty bleak. They’re 4 games back of the Orioles in the AL East. They’re also 4 1/2 games behind the A’s and they’ll end the night 3 or 4 back of the Yankees. They’ll have to pass one of those teams and fend off the Angels and Tigers to claim a postseason spot. It’s still doable, but it’s going to take a winning streak.

  1. dondada10 - Sep 13, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    2012: The year that Mike Trout broke out, and Bryce Harper and Manny Machado debuted.

    • randomdigits - Sep 13, 2012 at 7:32 PM

      Don’t forget Jurickson Profar.

      • dondada10 - Sep 13, 2012 at 7:34 PM

        …and Matt Harvey…

    • southpaw2k - Sep 13, 2012 at 8:19 PM

      Machado would still qualify next season as a rookie given his relatively limited playing time this season, right? What’s the minimum number of games and/or plate appearances a player needs to qualify as a rookie?

      • dondada10 - Sep 13, 2012 at 8:34 PM

        130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the Major Leagues or more than 45 days on the active roster during the period of 25-player limit.

        Machado has 114 at-bats, so it’s safe to say he’s gonna lose his rookie status.

      • randomdigits - Sep 13, 2012 at 8:34 PM

        130 at bats or 45 days on the roster.

      • dondada10 - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:10 PM

        Jinx! Buy me a soda!

  2. husky2score - Sep 13, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    This shaving cream pie in the face is starting to become a usual thing for the O’s… ME GUSTA!!!!!!! LETS GO O’S!!!!

  3. Old Gator - Sep 13, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Does Peter Angelos get a pie? Don’t be silly. Did they hit Einstein with a pie when he published the Special Theory? No. You don’t treat genius like jockness.

  4. madhatternalice - Sep 13, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    I think about all the Hawk Harrelsons in baseball, and I think we’re very lucky in Baltimore to have Gary Thorne. His call for the walk-off was really something to hear. I’m glad we have a team that lets him get this excited about winning.

    • dondada10 - Sep 13, 2012 at 7:42 PM

      Gary Thorne is one of the top 3 play by play men in the game.

      1. Vin Scully
      2. Gary Cohen
      3. Thorne

    • husky2score - Sep 13, 2012 at 7:42 PM

      Ya and last year when we beat the Red Sox in the final game was pretty awesome, too.

    • dowhatifeellike - Sep 13, 2012 at 11:52 PM

      Thorne is great when stuff is happening and just as good when he and Palmer banter back and forth… it’s not particularly interesting, but it’s easy to pretend they’re both on their 4th scotch.

  5. raysfan1 - Sep 13, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    Another 1-run loss. Yeesh. I need a brew.

    • indaburg - Sep 13, 2012 at 8:40 PM

      I’m in mourning. The half bottle of wine has helped a little. Is this the day our season ended?

      • randomdigits - Sep 13, 2012 at 8:48 PM

        The Rays have the Yankees coming up, sweep them and you are back in the thick of things. Either the O’s or the A’s are going to be losing some games.

      • raysfan1 - Sep 13, 2012 at 10:06 PM

        No, it’s not the end. But it is distressing.

  6. bigharold - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    “The Rays have the Yankees coming up, sweep them and …”

    Yeah cause the Yankees have completely collapsed and sweeping them will actually take less effort than it took to type that statement.

    A lot of baseball left and the Yankees are getting key components back.

    • randomdigits - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:12 PM

      With Price and Shields going a sweep is certainly not out of the question.

      What “key components”? T-bag?

      Andy is coming back but can you really count on him when he can’t even have a proper minor league rehab start?

      • bigharold - Sep 13, 2012 at 10:32 PM

        “With Price and Shields going a sweep is certainly not out of the question.”

        Price started 4 games against the Yankees this year and although he’s 2-1, .. the Rays lost the one game he didn’t get the decision. His era was 3.2 but his whip is 1.421. Translation, .. the Yankees have success against him.

        Shields is even worse. He’s 2-2 in five starts, with a 6.10 era and a 1.5 whip.

        Bottom line is the Yankees aren’t likely to get swept in general and they do very well against Price AND Shields despite the fact that they are pretty good pitchers.

        “What “key components””

        Not just Pettitte, .. Nova who will pitch this series with the Ray and Teixeira. Has that for components baggy digits?

        And to that the Yankees have an easier schedule for the remainder of the season and Yankees are still the team to beat in the AL East. And, it’s unlikely they’ll lose another series let alone get swept.

      • alexefernandez - Sep 14, 2012 at 3:02 AM

        Andy coming back and dominating is a pipe dream.

      • bigharold - Sep 14, 2012 at 4:19 PM

        “Andy coming back and dominating is a pipe dream.”

        That was the general feeling coming back after taking last year off. Yet, he was doing great until a fluke play broke his leg.

        He doesn’t have to dominate he needs to pitch well and keep the Yankees in the game which he’ll likely do much better than Garcia.

  7. rarson - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    Nobody is scared of the Yankees this year.

  8. lessick - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    Machado’s game-winner was on a 3-0 count. Can’t imagine too many 20-year-old players getting the green light in that situation — this year there may be three (Mannny, Bryce, Trout).

    • randomdigits - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:46 PM

      Well loading the bases wasn’t working….

  9. rockthered1286 - Sep 13, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    What a series by the yard birds!! I’ll get into it more in tomorrows ATH, but 3 points of emphasis:
    1. Having Matusz, Hunter, Wolf all in the BP looks genius now.
    2. Macho Man is quick in the hot corner but not when dodging a shaving cream pie.
    3. In the event of 14 inning games, I think we need some sort of cheerleaders/ dancers with t shirt cannons. Keep the focus up. Whammy.

  10. nmrdr795 - Sep 14, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    the os train is coming to a stop soon. Games like these take there toll. I know im a yankee fan. We know everything. Its all about peaking at the right time. Y all are peaking way to early and its boring to watch. Camden yards was empty for ten years and now that u might make the first round all the dusty billy ripken shirts are out saying yeaaa im a true fan. B.s. baltimore only supports when it wins. Live it up now cause camden will be empty after this for another ten years with all u bandwagoneers. Sound like the red sox morons ta.lking…ya dave mo vaughn was the best and nomar and varitek hahaha and yankees will blow it blah blah blah. Thome and weiters and andino are so gracious blah blah blah.

    • stinkfist5 - Sep 14, 2012 at 9:16 AM

      It’s easy for a Yankee fan to say that we only support when our team wins. I was nine years old the last time the O’s were relivant this late in a season. It’s been twenty plus years since the Yankees have even been average. Oh and by the way, Baltimore is regarded as one of the top sports towns, has been for a long time.

    • rockthered1286 - Sep 14, 2012 at 9:19 AM

      Dude… just stop. You’re embarassing yourself. Bandwagon isn’t just about attendance. TV ratings, apparel sales, fanfest events…they don’t count right? Only attendance?. If you knew anything about Baltimore, we are not bandwagon fans who only show up when we win, we are supporters of our team who refuse to lend a red cent to the cheap ass Angelos who let this team suffer for so long. It has nothing to do with losing, and everything to do with Angelos. But if you want to go that route, lose for 15 straight years with a terribly cheap and pathetic owner and then call me about empty stadiums. Unfortunately you’d never know about that with your owners inifitely deep pockets to go out and buy top line talent every year by offering outlandish salaries that far surpass any other clubs offers. Call me crazy, but God forbid they ever put a salary cap on baseball like they do every other sport. The Yankees would fall back to earth so quickly you’d be cutting eye holes in paper bags in the blink of an eye. This is why the entire country hates the Yankees and their fans. The pompous attitude, the belittling of other clubs, and the fact that despite the hubris, they’ve only won ONE world series since 2000. Maybe, just maybe this post of yours is a cry for attention since the Yanks are no longer viewed as the dominant team in the AL East. Maybe it’s fear to see the O’s make it back into contention. Lets be honest, if the O’s weren’t tied with the Yanks right now, you wouldn’t be posting this. You’d be walking around nose in the air thinking about your team and not focusing on the O’s who came from 10 games back to catch up to your Yanks.

      But by all means, think what you want. Rely on your 60 year old pitcher coming back, oft injured Tex and ARod, and the rest of the group of agining vets with inflated contracts, and assume nobody will ever match the almighty Yanks for the existence of time, and let’s also forget the O’s 3 series wins in NY this year, in which Girardi got outmanaged, and the Yanks were outmatched big time. Times are changing. Get used to it.

    • randomdigits - Sep 14, 2012 at 9:30 AM

      Nice try. Some of us are old enough to remember the early ’90’s when the Yankees were below average in attendance. Remember 1994? 1,675,556

      • rockthered1286 - Sep 14, 2012 at 11:48 AM

        Didn’t they also have a terrible time selling tickets when their new stadium opened because they were priced through the roof? Eventually they had to concede and drop prices because they needed to get their attendance up or else everyday baseball observers would consider fans banwagon since they weren’t at capacity everygame.

  11. nmrdr795 - Sep 14, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    ust like red sox fans. Payroll blah blah blah. You guys spend so much money its unfair. Times aint changing. Red sox just did a dumb move by letting go of there theo and hiring valentine. The rays are still relevant. I honestly still see the os as the worst team in the al east. Its just an off year for the three other teams. Our payrollnmay be high but our fans pay for all those contracts by guess what? Showing up to the games and supporting them. Buying more shirts then just cal ripken and weiters would help. Im honestly rooting for the os to be relevant its just funny how bandwagon the fans are. And how its bash the yankees when we can cause we are making the playoffs. I read all these article about the “monumental collapse” the yankees just peaked way too early in the season have had a bunch of injuries but now will come back strong. Ur peak can only go one direction from here. I have seen it so many times. Once weiters and jones progress a little more there uniforms are changing. No one wants to play in front of bandwagon fans. They want to be play and caring a tradition.

    • rockthered1286 - Sep 14, 2012 at 4:50 PM

      Typical Yankees moron. Let’s put this into perspective. Name one BIG name player to sign with the Yanks recently? Answer: none since CC and Tex, maybe Granderson. They’ve picked up fill in scrubs like Andru Jones, Eric Chavez, and Swisher, made trades that turned to garbage like Jesus Montero to Seattle for a injury riddled Pineda, but otherwise they’ve done nothing in recent years. You could sit here and name a ton of players they’ve missed out on (Wilson, Pujols, Lee, etc.), but fact stands: Yankees are no longer the behemoth stepping on everyone by offering big checks. If players want to go play for the almighty dollar, they can hit Texas, Anaheim, LA, Boston… The market is no longer cornered.

      And if you really want to rant on about O’s going nowhere but down from here and Yankees peaked at the right time your foolish. Having injured players coming back and ASSUMING they’ll play up to par is not peaking buddy. It’s called getting healthy. And whether or not the Yankees are healthier (although it’s 100% the Yankees fault the O’s are without our leadoff in Markakis who’s played better offense and defense than any Yankee in that lineup since the AS break) has nothing to do with the O’s success. Yanks thought it was in the bag, blew a 10 game lead and now they are looking at the O’s eye to eye. And what makes it intolerable is moron fans like you who put on blinders and pinstripe glasses thinking “Everyone sucks but us even though we only have 1 WS to show for it in the past 11 years.” I call BS.

      You want talk peak? Then I say the Yanks peaked in late 90’s/early 2000’s and have gone downhill from there. No longer the team they used to be. Now they’re a collective group of sloppy seconds to make up for a subpar farm system and over the top contracts that have seen players fall from grace half way through their mega deals (Arod and Tex). And lets look roster spot for spot:

      C: Weiters is superior.
      1B: I’d take a healthy Reynolds over gimpy Tex.
      2B: I’ll concede the O’s need help.
      3B: Machoado hands down after a MONTH. ARod JR.
      SS: Hardy is younger, quicker, and only lacks in the hits compared to grandpa Jeter
      OF: Gold Glovers Adam Jones and Markakis. No question there. Granderson I’ll give you.
      SP’s: Yanks advantage onyl because of CC. Hammel, Chen, Gonzo are a better middle pack.
      BP: O’s hands down. Top 3 in baseball.
      Closer: Johnson’s the best in baseball.
      Manager: Buck outduels Girardi. Even Yanks fans will admit.

      So where is this Yankee superiority??

  12. uschawk - Sep 14, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    That is ridiculously stupid. The YES network pays for the players. If you don’t know that then you don’t know anything.

    Good job though in trying to be the turd in the punch bowl for everyone else…typical yankees fan. Don’t ever turn down the arrogance meter.

  13. nmrdr795 - Sep 14, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Yes networky pays the contracts……..ok…if that was true well then who pays for the yes network? Hmmm. Yes ill reign on a bunch of bandwagons. I dont hate on sox fans cause they win or up

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