BALTIMORE -- It was the quietest Buck Showalter we’ve seen in the five years he’s been there. Exhausted from an emotional day of attending his father-in-law’s memorial service in Nashville, Showalter returned to his adopted home only to find that a demonstration outside the ballpark turned rowdy.
He arrived in the third inning, spent already then watched his team turn a loss into a win.
Most days, he’d be a lot more forceful talking about his team’s win, but this time he was so soft he could hardly be heard.
David Lough’s 10th inning home run off Koji Uehara gave the Orioles a 5-4 win over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night before a crowd that was announced at 37,359.
The win broke a five-game losing streak, the longest since Sept. 2013.
"It's tough. You play in all types of situations. There's a lot of things going on around our city. And rightfully so, your mind wanders some. We're all human beings,” Showalter said.
Lough’s home run came after a bizarre ninth inning when an error by Manny Machado led to a tie game.
Wei-Yin Chen pitched eight excellent innings, allowing a two-run home run to Mike Napoli in the second and little else.
The eight innings equaled his career high, and it was the first time an Orioles pitcher even pitched in the eighth.
With the score 3-2, Zach Britton walked Dustin Pedroia to start the ninth. He struck out David Ortiz. Hanley Ramirez hit a ball up the middle that second baseman Rey Navarro stopped, but it was an infield hit. Napoli hit one off Britton’s glove for another hit, loading the bases.
Pablo Sandoval grounded to third. Machado stepped on third to force Ramirez, and for a moment, the game looked to be over. But, Machado’s throw to first was wild, and Pedroia scored with the tying run.
Machado squatted by third base, seemingly in disbelief that he’d thrown the ball away, and the game was tied at 3.
With the Orioles (8-10) trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the 10th, Adam Jones tripled off Koji Uehara (1-1). He scored on Chris Davis’ sacrifice fly to left, and then Lough followed with his first home run to right.
“I just wanted to put together a good at-bat. I know the odds of him, and what he throws. He likes to throw a splitter a lot. I just wanted to put together a good at-bat, maybe try to draw a walk or whatever, and then got that 3-2, and he ended up throwing me one over the plate where I got a good piece of wood,” Lough said.
Lough was just 1-for-8 before the home run, his first game-ending homer. He had missed the beginning of the season with a hamstring injury.
“Much needed win. This team is made to be resilient,” Jones said.
“[Lough] needed that. The team and the individual. I’m glad he was in that situation. Started the season on the DL and hasn’t been playing. Got an opportunity and rode with it.”
Brian Matusz (1-2) got the win. Matusz retired Ortiz on a double play to end the 10th.
Xander Bogaerts homered off Brad Brach leading off the 10th giving the Red Sox (10-8) a 4-3 lead.
Jimmy Paredes had four hits, and his fifth inning home run gave the Orioles a 3-2 lead.
Alejandro De Aza led off the first with a double to center off Justin Masterson. He scored on Paredes’ two-base hit. After Jones grounded out to Masterson, Paredes scored from third on Davis’ sacrifice fly to right.
Boston tied the score at 2 in the second on a walk to Ramirez. Napoli homered to the right field foul pole, his first.
The Red Sox had three hits in the fourth, but didn’t score because Ramirez was thrown out trying to score on Allen Craig’s single, ending the inning, on De Aza’s throw from left.
Paredes homered with two outs in the fifth off Masterson. It was his third in just seven games.
Showalter needed some time to consider what the city went through.
“These guys are aware of what’s going on. I’m sure we’ll have people talk about spending the night here. They’re aware of it. There are so many things that can take your attention away from a baseball game, rightfully so, rightfully so. As important as we think this is, there are some things that are more important,” Showalter said.
NOTES: J.J. Hardy received a cortisone shot in his left shoulder and will be inactive for three days. He is scheduled to be reevaluated on Wednesday. … Jones is 15-for-30 (.500) in eight home games with four homers and nine RBIs. … Wade Miley (1-1, 6.08) faces Bud Norris (0-2, 17.42) on Sunday afternoon.