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Showalter has high praise for Wieters after 6-5 win

With two late lead changes, an inning of free baseball and a walk-off hit in the tenth, the Orioles had a few players who got a chance to play hero in last night's 6-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Baltimore manager Buck Showalter singled out obvious candidates such as Ryan Adams, the rookie second baseman who won the game with a deep drive in the bottom of the tenth inning; Nick Markakis, who minimized Kevin Gregg's damage with a diving catch in the ninth inning; and starter Jeremy Guthrie.

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Showalter also praised All-Star catcher Matt Wieters for throwing out Mike McCoy end another Blue Jays rally in the top of the tenth inning, drawing a key walk and scoring the tying run in the bottom of the inning, and for giving the Orioles an early jolt with his second-inning homer.

"I just like his toughness," Showalter said after the victory. "He comes back and gives us a good at-bat there [after throwing out McCoy]. And he hits a big two-run home run. We're down 3-0 there, and things are going their way."

Guthrie, who allowed three earned runs in six innings but got a no-decision, said Wieters is a "confidence-builder" behind the plate. Showalter thinks he should be called something else: a Gold Glove winner.

"If the Gold Glove doesn't go Wieters' way, then somebody ain't watching," Showalter said.

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