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Orioles, Wieters walk off with win

BALTIMORE - Inning after inning, the Baltimore Orioles left baserunners standing in between the basepaths rather than getting them to run across home plate.
The Orioles were 1 for 17 with runners in scoring position, Tommy Hunter had just given up a go-ahead home run to the Chicago White Sox in the 10th, and Baltimore faced a one-run deficit.
Despite all of that, the Orioles demonstrated the resiliency the team has become known for.
With runners on second and third and two outs in the bottom of the 10th, Matt Wieters rocketed a high single to right plating a pair of runs and lifting Baltimore to a 4-3 walk-off win, sending the 23,653 at Camden Yards home happy.
"We knew we were still in it all the way until the end," Wieters said. "I knew [the ball] was kind of hanging, but once I checked where the right fielder was hanging, I knew it was going to drop."
It did, Chris Dickerson and Nick Markakis scored, and Wieters gave a big fist pump rounding first base, soon to be mobbed by his Orioles teammates.
"You're in the dugout and you get a certain feel," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. "There's a lot of people frustrated for the right reasons. And to end up on the good side of it, you're excited about that."
Wieters didn't enter the game until he pinch-hit for Chris Snyder in the eighth, but it was his second at-bat against White Sox closer Addison Reed (5-3) when he came through big.
There were many opportunities for Baltimore (76-65) to pull ahead prior to that. The Orioles left the bases loaded in the second when Manny Machado grounded into a fielder's choice.
Danny Valencia hit a leadoff double in the eighth setting Baltimore up to have runners on first and third with one out, but again no runs scored.
The Orioles left 12 men on base.
"Our guys did a lot of great things to set up those situations and we just couldn't get over that hump," Showalter said. "It was frustrating, but we finally break through there at the end."
The momentum had fully shifted in the 10th in Chicago's (56-85) favor in the top of the 10th. Conor Gillaspie pinch-hit for Marcus Semien, and blasted a 3-2 pitch from Hunter onto the right-field flag court.
But the Orioles didn't dwell on it, and gave Hunter (4-3) the win.
"The homer was obviously a little demoralizing in the 10th and for us to come back and act like nothing happened, hopefully, this is one of those days you look back on and say, 'That was huge,' Baltimore second baseman Brian Roberts said.
The Orioles have a potent lineup, and Roberts added that it was only a matter of time on Saturday before it finally busted through with some offense when there were runners on base.
"If you give yourself enough chances with the lineup we have, you figure something is going to happen," Roberts said. "You try to continue to create opportunities. It took a lot today, but we finally got one."
Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen was strong for six innings, holding Chicago to two runs on six hits while striking out eight. But it was not good enough for a win, partially due to Baltimore's early offensive woes.
"I limited the runs I gave out and I tried to trust my defense today. They did a great job," Chen said through his interpreter. "Every game is really important to us. And I think today is a huge win for us."
Especially because the come-from-behind win came in September. The Orioles won the series against the White Sox, but will now look for a four-game sweep Sunday, as they continue to gain ground in the AL Wild Card race.
Saturday's win may have kept Baltimore's momentum going, but it will continue to look ahead as it vies for its second straight postseason berth.
"We have to keep winning," Wieters said. "We have to win tomorrow and come here with that mindset. It's go time now. There's no more get 'em later. It's go now and make our run."

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