How many extra-inning games can one team play? The O's must be looking to set another record after going into extras for the seventh time this season on Wednesday night, eventually beating the Royals 4-3 in 15 innings. Nearly 20% of the Birds' games this season were decided in extra innings...
It was quite a comeback. Down 2-0, the O's scored in the eighth to make it a one-run game, but Kansas City answered with an insurance run in the bottom of the frame. Wilson Betemit homered in the ninth to again trim the Royals' lead to one, and J.J. Hardy tied the game with an RBI single. Orioles Magic.
At that point it all boiled down to a battle of the bullpens, and it was the O's that came out on top. Dana Eveland came on in the tenth and pitched three scoreless innings before yielding to Kevin Gregg, who pitched another two scoreless frames and eventually got the "W". Adam Jones launched a solo shot, his 12th of the season, in the top of the 15th to give the O's their first lead of the game, and Jim Johnson came on in the bottom half of the inning to notch his 13th save of the year.
Brian Matusz takes the mound Thursday afternoon as the O's look for a two-game sweep in Kansas City.