It came two innings later. His RBI single off the right-field warning track capped the Orioles’ two-run last of the 10th as they rallied to beat Toronto 6-5 tonight. It is the first walk-off hit of Adams’ brief big league career.
“It felt good,” Adams said. “I had an opportunity earlier too, I think it was in the eighth there. I was pretty upset with myself. This time I got ahead in the count 3-1 and I was just looking for something over the plate. I knew I would get a good pitch to hit. With J.J. on deck, I didn’t think they wanted to walk me.
“In that situation, I was just trying to hit the ball in the air. They were playing infield in. I got a pitch up and right away I knew it was going to be deep enough to get him in.”
And not long after ending the game, Adams got the celebratory pie in the face.
“I didn’t even see it, I think it was Adam Jones. It was a really good feeling. Watching TV, I’ve kind of always wanted a pie in the face, so it was nice,” he said.
The Orioles took a 4-3 lead to the ninth and were tied then at 4-4 before falling behind 5-4 in the top of the 10th. A Jake Fox pinch-hit, RBI single tied the game, setting the stage for the rookie Adams to get the winning hit.
“It wasn’t looking good there for a minute, but we battled back and it feels good to get a victory here in the first game of the series,” Adams said.
The Orioles snapped an eight-game losing streak in one-run games and improved to 3-2 on this homestand.
Starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie, who was denied a win when Kevin Gregg blew the save in the ninth, said Adams has been playing well since his latest recall from Triple-A.
“He’s played really well for us the whole time he’s been here since he came back up. We have a lot of confidence in him. He’s shown that he has a lot of confidence in himself,” Guthrie said.
Guthrie, who was looking for back-to-back wins for the first time all season, gave up six hits and three runs over six innings, throwing 111 pitches.
He gave up a three-run homer to Brett Lawrie in the second inning, but got out of a bases-loaded, no out jam in the fifth.
“I felt like I had to battle every inning. That was a big situation and a pivotal play where that inning could have spun out of control,” Guthrie said.