The Orioles blew a 4-0 lead tonight. Now they’ve blown another chance to end this game.
J.J. Hardy opened the bottom of the 11th inning with a double to center field off Cincinnati reliever Jose Arredondo, the ball deflecting off Drew Stubbs’ glove as he slowed near the warning track.
Nick Markakis swung at the next pitch and grounded to third baseman Scott Rolen.
Pull the ball and Hardy advances to third with one out. Or bunt him over. That was the crucial at-bat of the inning.
Adam Jones flied to right, Vladimir Guerrero was walked intentionally and Felix Pie grounded into a 3-6 force.
The Orioles have left 13 men on base and are 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position.
Michael Gonzalez is pitching the 12th inning.
Update: Derrek Lee just hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 12th to end one of the crazier games of the season.
Lee led off the inning and launched a 1-2 pitch from Jose Arrendondo into the left field seats. He flipped his bat and slapped his hands together as he trotted to first.
Jay Bruce doubled to center with two outs in the top of the 12th, the ball rolling past a diving Adam Jones. Joey Votto tried to score, but Hardy fired to Matt Wieters, who made the lunging tag. Votto tried unsuccessfully to hop over Wieters’ mitt.
Lee ended the madness four pitches later.