Tonight’s game is the fourth time in Orioles history that they gave up at least five home runs yet won the game. The last time it happened was April 7, 2000 in a 14-10 win over Detroit.
After losing the last two nights, the O’s needed this one. Even if it took a season-high number of runs and 3 hours, 58 minutes to get the win 13-9 over Boston.
“Big one. We grinded one out,” said Matt Wieters, who drove in three runs. “A game where you didn’t know what was going to happen. A lot of everything in that game. A nice win and we were able to swing and have everyone contribute on offense. That was big.
“Just some good hitters that were hitting mistakes from pitchers (in the first three innings). Later in the game, the pitchers kind of got settled in and were making some better quality pitches. It’s a good hitting team, both here and over there, and when you make mistakes, they might find some barrels.
“Once you get in the grind, it doesn’t matter whether it takes an hour or whether it takes six hours. If you can come out on top, it always feels good at the end of the day.”
Do the Orioles need to pull out some high-scoring games? Was that the book on this team heading into this year?
“I don’t know if we put that on ourselves, or who put that on us,”Wieters added. “But more importantly, that’s an offense over there that is going to grind out at-bats and if you make mistakes, they’ll put up runs. So to be able to answer them is big. Hope we can do a better job tomorrow keeping them off base.”
Wieters was asked about struggling right-hander Mike Wright, who gave up four homers and six runs in 2 2/3 innings tonight and has an ERA of 5.88.
“Keep working. Its consistency with the fastball. Most young pitchers, that is the first step. You’ve got to be able to be consistent with the fastball. He’ll keep working and keep grinding and we’ll get there,” Wieters said.
Wright talked about his outing tonight where he allowed two more homers to Mookie Betts and gave up a career-high four overall. He is the first O’s starter to allow four homers since Bud Norris last June 29 against Texas.
“I’m pitching in the best league in baseball right now and I’m leaving pitches up, so that was the result,” he said. “It’s difficult. But I’m in the big leagues. I’m trying to cherish it and stay positive. Like I said, just start making pitches. Giving up runs is never fun. When your team gets you an early lead, you have to keep attacking and get outs.”
Betts hit solo homers off Wright in the first two innings and has five homers the last two nights, which ties a major league record for homers in a two-game span. Tonight, Betts became the first big league player to ever homer in the first and second innings in consecutive games.
“He’s on fire,” Wright said. “He is seeing everything. That doesn’t change the fact he hit two pitches that I left up. But he’s hitting mistakes and he is a really good hitter and good player.”
Before Betts hit his second homer of the night in the second inning, both benches were warned by home plate umpire Doug Eddings when Wright threw a pitch high and tight near Betts.
“I just threw it too high,” Wright said. “Was I trying to go in? Absolutely on 0-2, (against) a guy that is comfortable in the box, I was trying to go in there. But I would never throw at a guy’s face. I didn’t think a warning was necessary. But when a guy is that hot - he’s hit (five) home runs in two days - it has to come.”
Outfielder Hyun Soo Kim went 3-for-5 tonight. It’s his third three-hit game and he’s batting .382 through 55 at-bats.
“Every day play has allowed (me) to be more comfortable out there and to perform better,” Kim said through his interpreter Danny Lee.
Second baseman Jonathan Schoop drove in two runs tonight with an RBI double and RBI single.
“It was important (to win),” he said. “Boston is a really good team, but we put some good at-bats together and came up with a victory. It was a long game, but we came out with a victory. Now we have to come back tomorrow, forget about today and try to win.”