Wrapping up a 3-2 12-inning win

The Orioles haven't quit, despite the string of accusations coming from social media. They haven't rolled over, they aren't preoccupied with travel plans after their Oct. 2 game in New York.

They aren't conceding a thing.

Mark Trumbo led off the bottom of the 12th inning tonight with a home run to left field off Diamondbacks reliever Matt Koch, and the Orioles rallied for a 3-2 win before 37,815 at Camden Yards.

The fans came for the fireworks and stayed ... for the fireworks.

Pedro Alvarez homered in the eighth and Matt Wieters tied the game with a leadoff home run in the ninth. Three solo shots accounting for all of the scoring.

They tried little ball, Michael Bourn failing to lay down a bunt and then succeeding two innings later. A sacrifice fly was akin to finding a unicorn.


Trumbo allowed the Orioles to stay a half-game behind the Tigers for the second wild card. So did a bullpen with six relievers combining for six scoreless innings, Oliver Drake retiring the side in order in the top of the 12th and earning his first major league win. So did Yovani Gallardo, who gave up a run in the first inning, another in the second and nothing else through the sixth.

The scoreboard showed that the Red Sox, Blue Jays and Tigers won tonight. Right there for everyone to see.

"I doubt they did much peeking. I know I didn't," said manager Buck Showalter.

"A lot of things go on in a ballgame because, at the end of it, you're looking for the halo and the goat. I think about a lot of little things. The job done by our bullpen. Probably one of the keys to the game was the job done by Gallardo. The first inning was tough. They threw a couple broken-bats out there on him and we were down 1-0 in a hurry, but ...

"That was Ollie's first win. It's on my dad's birthday. Pretty cool."

Wieters hit his first career game-tying home run in the ninth inning or later, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

The Orioles almost won it later in the ninth on Adam Jones' single into left field, but J.J. Hardy was thrown out at the plate. Catcher Welington Castillo appeared to be blocking the plate, but the Orioles lost the challenge.

"I thought he was safe," Showalter said. "I don't know. The only thing they could have possibly said that they weren't sure J.J. got there. The guy tagged him with the glove and had the ball in his throwing hand.

"You've got to help me with that one. I'm sure you all saw the same thing we did. Another head-shaker. We've had quite a few of them this year."

Here are more quotes following a win that ended the Orioles' losing streak at four games:

Trumbo on victory: "We'll take it, especially after having a few chances. This is the type of game you definitely want to win, because it can be a real gut punch if it goes the other way. It would be a tough one to stomach. Fighting really hard in the thick of things, and then to have a couple chances ...

"The effort's there, but someone's got to get that big hit eventually. We were fortunate today to get a 'W.' "

Trumbo on whether the win can lift some of the pressure: "That's the million dollar question. I hope so, I hope so. We're giving it everything we have and obviously we're going to have to keep it going. We know what we have to do and we've got the guys to do it."

Trumbo on whether team was pressing or loose down 2-0: "It was probably a little bit of both, I think. Most guys were fairly loose. But basically it's been four or five games in a row where the runs are really hard to come by. You have all the faith in the world in the people in here, but eventually we're going to have to execute it."

Wieters on win: "It was a big win because it was a hard-fought one. Yovani did a great job, giving up two runs, and the bullpen did a great job and our offense was finally able to come around there at the end and get some big hits."

Wieters on the feeling down 2-0: "We were focused. I think this was a game where we kind of knew it didn't matter what the situation was, what we were down by. We were going to have to find a way to win this game. It was actually really fun to play like that. It was sort of quiet, understated. We're going to find a way to do this."

Wieters on Drake: "Big. Really, all of our bullpen guys. They came in and got us right back to where we got a shot. I was really proud he got his first win, and he's been great for us these last few outings. It's fun to see he's hitting his sort of maturation at the big league level. He's been good and I hope he keeps going."

More Wieters on bullpen: "It's big because it gives our offense a chance to know, 'OK, if we keep getting zeroes, eventually somebody's going to run into one and we're going to get a barrel and get some momentum going.' It's big. The bullpen has been great for us all year, but even Yovani's start, he gave up two runs early and he was able to get back and keep them off the board."

Wieters on adversity: "I think the biggest thing is mentality-wise, you can't worry about what kind of adversity you've gone through. It's about getting it done. At the end of the year, nobody's going to look at whether we had tough situations or not. It was going to be whether we got in or not."

Showalter on whether he considered pinch-running for Hardy in the ninth: "If it was 2-1, I would have. Tie game, I wouldn't have. He came a little slower, with two outs he probably scores. Guy made a good play. Tempted? Yeah. But it's different at home than on the road. It's different for me, anyway. Doesn't make it right or wrong. 2-1 is a different dynamic. "

Showalter on magnitude of win: "Momentum is your next game, it really is. I'm glad our guys feel good about themselves for a night. They've been frustrated. They've earned the right to play these meaningful games and I'm happy for them. What it means for a little while, like I said, momentum is usually your next starting pitcher. And their guy (Shelby Miller), you can see why they think so highly of him. Pitched well.

"I think we all know what math is involved here, but if you dwell on that ...This time of year, you like being in this arena. That's why you do this. The players, that's what separates them. They don't want to watch the highlights on 'SportsCenter.' They want to be a part of them. And that's the difference."

Drake on first win: "Yeah, that was an awesome, awesome time for the first win. You know, every game counts right now, so it's huge. So hopefully, we can take some momentum in and build on it."

Drake on six relievers going six scoreless innings: "All the guys, you know, kind of feed off each other. When one guy goes out there and puts up a zero, the next guy wants to go do it. We just kind feed off it and it's exciting to go out there and do it."

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