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Davis' 13th inning single ends Orioles' 6-5 win over Red Sox

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Davis' 13th inning single ends Orioles' 6-5 win over Red Sox

BALTIMORE – Chris Davis had one thought as he stood at the plate with the winning run on third and none out.

“Don’t strike out. That’s what I told myself,” Davis said. “No, I was just looking for a pitch over the plate to get it in the infield or through the infield.”

Davis didn’t strike out, but he did line a ball past a drawn-in Boston Red Sox infield, and celebrated as Gerardo Parra trotted home with the winning run.

The Orioles had somehow come up with a 6-5 win over the Red Sox in 13 innings in front of what remained of 21,260 at Oriole Park on Tuesday night.

Boston used nine pitchers, and after Manny Machado hit a home run in the fifth to give the Orioles a 5-4 lead, seven relievers combined to allow just one hit, Jonathan Schoop’s ninth inning infield single, until the 13th.

Parra walked off Jonathan Aro (0-1) to start the 13th. Manny Machado singled Parra to third. Robbie Ross, the ninth Boston (68-76) pitcher came on to face Davis, who lined a single on a 2-1 pitch into right-center.

“A lot of times in those situations you get caught trying to do too much, I was trying to not do too much. Even though the first swing I took I almost fell down, it kind of set me up for the next swing,” Davis said.

Manager Buck Showalter lauded Parra for taking the extra base.  

“I thought one of the key plays was Parra going from first to third there. That's a baseball player play and that's something you can't equivocate with analytics or anything. That's just a baseball player making a play, knowing they're playing deep with no doubles and ball taking him away from his target on glove side. It's a tough throw,” Showalter said.

Chaz Roe (3-2), the seventh Orioles pitcher, threw a scoreless 13th for the win.

Showalter used Darren O’Day and Zach Britton for the third straight day as the Orioles (71-73) won their third straight game and their sixth of seven.

“It's that time. You do things all through the year so when you get to September you can push the envelope a little bit,” Showalter said.

It’s highly unlikely he’ll use Britton and O’Day on Thursday and will likely stay away from Brad Brach, who pitched in his second straight game.

With two additional pitchers, Oliver Drake and Tyler Wilson, called up before Tuesday’s game, he has five relievers: Drake, Wilson, Steve Johnson, T.J. McFarland and Jorge Rondon, who didn’t pitch Tuesday.

The Orioles have won three straight series for the first time since late June, and are 5 ½ games behind Houston, which fell out of first place in the AL West, for the final wild card spot.

“After the long slide that we had where we just couldn’t put anything together or do anything right, a couple of the wins that we’ve had lately against the teams that we’ve been playing have kind of rejuvenated the team,” Davis said.

“Obviously at this time of the year, you know what’s at stake. You know that you have to be almost perfect. That in itself kind of gives us a jolt and we’ve been playing well.”

Ubaldo Jimenez allowed four runs on six hits in five innings. He couldn’t hold a 4-1 lead, and allowed three runs in the fifth.

“It’s a little bit disappointing because I only threw five innings, so it’s never good when you do that, but the good thing is that we won the game. That’s why whatever I did doesn’t matter right now. It’s all about the team,” Jimenez said.

Joe Kelly, who had won eight straight starts left in the third inning with tightness and fatigue in his right shoulder.

The Orioles scored four runs in the third. Steve Pearce hit a two-run home run.

In the fifth, the Red Sox scored three runs to tie the score at 4, but the Orioles overturned a safe call on Pablo Sandoval at third to end the inning.

Machado hit his 28th home run in the fifth to give the Orioles a 5-4 lead.

Shaw led off the eighth with a home run off Brian Matusz, his 11th to tie the score at 5. Showalter seems to like when his team doesn’t get noticed.

“I like the part when you get noticed at the end when you're playing in the playoffs,” Showalter said. “You get a little crispness back in the air, and it reminds everybody what fall baseball is like. We still feel like it's there for us if we can get the momentum needed.”

NOTES: Henry Owens (2-2, 5.25) faces Mike Wright (2-4, 5.45) on Wednesday. … Reading beat Bowie 3-1 in the first game of the Eastern League championship.

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The most unbelievable catch of the Orioles' dismal season came in the team's final game

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The most unbelievable catch of the Orioles' dismal season came in the team's final game

It's not how you start, it's how you finish, and boy did Orioles right fielder Steve Wilkerson make sure the team went out with a bang against the Boston Red Sox.

Bottom of the eighth, game knotted at four, Jackie Bradley Jr. sent what seemed to be a moonshot to right field...

But what happens next is arguably the best catch of the entire MLB season. 

This catch by Wilkerson is nothing less than spectacular. Not only did he possess the focus to track the ball beyond the wall, but the athleticism to make the catch while almost tumbling over backwards into the crowd. 

This year may have been a huge let down for Baltimore, but here's to a bright spot heading into the offseason. 

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Orioles Roundup: Baltimore topples Blue Jays, 11-4

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Orioles Roundup: Baltimore topples Blue Jays, 11-4

The Orioles are now five games better than last season's woeful 47-115 record. While they continue to win meaningless games late in the season, their poor season won't go away. 

Player Notes:

Dylan Bundy gave up only two runs in seven innings pitched against the Blue Jays, bringing his season's ERA down to 4.79. 

Also, Trey Mancini went a perfect 5-5 in the Orioles win Tuesday night. He's now batting .373 against Toronto, hitting 25 of his 94 RBI this season against Toronto. Dwight Smith Jr. also impressed with a 3-4 showing, hitting a homer and three RBI of his own. 

Injuries: 

OF Mason Williams, knee, out indefinitely

RP Hunter Harvey, biceps, sidelined, day-to-day

RP Josh Rogers, elbow, 60-Day IL, out indefinitely 

SP Alex Cobb, back, 60-Day IL, 2020

Coming Up: 

Wednesday, Sept. 25: Orioles at Toronto, 7:07 p.m. at Rogers Centre

Thursday, Sept. 26: Orioles at Boston, 7:10 p.m. at Fenway Park

Friday, Sept. 27: Orioles at Boston, 1:05 p.m. at Fenway Park