As the Florida Marlins celebrated an improbable victory, several Orioles lingered in the home dugout, seated on the bench with their eyes fixated on the field as if they were still trying to comprehend what had just happened. It indeed, was hard to fathom.
The Orioles watched closer Chris Ray, perfect in save opportunities at this point of the season, give up two two-out home runs to pinch hitters and cough up a four-run ninth-inning lead. They then witnessed Marlins slugger Miguel Cabrera smack Todd Williams' letter-high lob, the first pitch of what was supposed to be an intentional walk, into center field for a go-ahead RBI single in the 10th inning.
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The Orioles' meltdown
The Orioles seemingly were headed to a victory with a 5-1 lead in the ninth last night. Here's what went wrong: Ninth -- Miguel Cabrera scored on a sacrifice fly, Joe Borchard hit a two-run homer off Chris Ray and Wes Helms homered off Ray to tie the game.
10th -- Cabrera turned an intentional walk pitch by Todd Williams (above) into a run-scoring single, sparking the Marlins' three-run inning en route to their 8-5 victory.