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Bases-loaded hit in 11th inning lifts Angels over Orioles, 5-4

Bases-loaded hit in 11th inning lifts Angels over Orioles, 5-4

Orioles manager Buck Showalter has done funky things with intentional walks over the years, issuing two in a row or calling for one in the ninth inning of a postseason clincher even though it put the winning run on base. And he famously once walked Barry Bonds with the bases loaded. So it wasn’t shocking that he decided to walk all-world sluggers Mike Trout and Albert Pujols to load the bases with two outs in Sunday’s 5-4 loss to the Los Angeles Angels in the rubber match between two teams fighting in August for a wild card playoff spot. It didn’t work, though. Following the free passes, left-handed hitting David Murphy drove a full-count fastball from left-handed...

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