As soon as the game went into extras, I had a good feeling the O's would pull it off...and they didn't disappoint. The Birds scored in the top of the 10th and went on to beat the Rays 1-0 on Sunday afternoon.
The Orioles have now won 11 straight extra-inning games, a franchise record. The club is 11-2 in extras after dropping the first two against the Yankees in early April.
Taylor Teagarden was the hero on Sunday, driving home Mark Reynolds with a two-out, full-count double in the tenth. It was just the third hit of the season for Teagarden, but two of those hits have been game-winners in extra innings...
Miguel Gonzalez matched Rays' ace David Price efforts, as both pitchers took shutouts into the later innings. Gonzalez went seven strong, allowing just two hits and four walks while fanning four. The 'pen limited Tampa to just two baserunners over the final three frames...Luis Ayala (3-3) picked up the win and Jim Johnson earned his 32nd save after a 1-2-3 tenth.
The O's certainly impressed over this six-game road trip, taking 2-of-3 in New York and then again against Tampa. The Birds are once again in sole possession of second place in the East and are just a game out of the Wild Card. They start a ten-game homestand tonight, with three games against Seattle up first. Chris Tillman looks to pick up his fifth win of the season.