The Orioles were trailing 6-2 in the bottom of the fifth when Felix Pie struck out against knuckleballer Tim Wakefield. The ball got away and Pie dashed to first.
Who knew a strikeout could be a rally-igniter? Robert Andino fanned but J.J. Hardy followed with his 14th homer of the year. Nick Markakis made the second out (which should have been the third) and then Adam Jones hit an absolute bomb – it was estimated at 434 feet – to deep left for a 6-5 game.
The Orioles then loaded the bases and Nolan Reimold doubled to left to make it 7-6. Wakefield was chased after allowing seven runs (three earned) on nine hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings.
The rally allowed the Orioles to send Brad Bergesen to the showers as the potential winning pitcher. He lasted five innings and gave up six runs (four earned) on eight hits.
Troy Patton replaced him and pitched a perfect sixth in his return to the big leagues.