It could have gone either way...it would have been a devastating loss, possibly the worst of the season. Instead, the O's sent fans home happy with a dramatic 8-6 win in 13 innings on Saturday night at Camden Yards.
The Birds took a 4-1 lead into the ninth inning and closer Jim Johnson took the field, but things soon got ugly. An error by defensive replacement Ryan Flaherty led to two unearned runs and Johnson blew just his second save of the season after the Tigers tied it up.
Detroit took a one-run lead in the top of the 11th, but a two-out single from Adam Jones knotted the game at five. The Tigers scored again in the 13th, but once again, the Birds came through. J.J. Hardy broke an 0-for-28 slump with a solo shot to left before Taylor Teagarden stepped to the plate with one on and two outs. Teagarden, appearing in his first game of the season, launched a two-run bomb to right to give the O's a thrilling walk-off win. The Birds have now won 10 straight extra-inning contests after dropping the first two of the season to the Yankees.
The Birds turn to Miguel Gonzalez on Sunday afternoon; he'll go up against Tigers' ace Justin Verlander.