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For Orioles fans, it was a strange night all around

Protestors gather outside of Oriole Park at Camden Yards before a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles after a rally for Freddie Gray, Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a police van.
Protestors gather outside of Oriole Park at Camden Yards before a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles after a rally for Freddie Gray, Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a police van. (Patrick Semansky / Associated Press)

The Orioles closed the gates at Oriole Park late Saturday night and forced fans to remain inside for their own safety as violent protesters continued to menace the area around the ballpark, causing both consternation and understanding in the stadium concourses.

"Very strange,'' said Steve Cockey of Canton, "from being whisked in here. They were just ripping tickets, just getting people in as quickly as possible, which I've never seen. They did not do the metal detectors. Very, very strange. I've never been trapped in the ballpark before.

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"And then, obviously, the game on the field was a very strange ninth inning. Very bizarre."

Matt Winter of Bethesda waited by the D Gate, which eventually was opened at about 10 p.m., and tried to make sense of everything that had gone on Saturday in Baltimore.

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"It's strange to be locked in," Winter said. "I think it's just an abundance of caution by the police, because there are people out there doing stuff. They're trying to be careful. It's very frustrating. It's a very bad situation all around and people are trying to deal with the best way they can."

Christine Denham of New York City picked an interesting day to visit Oriole Park, but did not complain while she was waiting at Home Plate Plaza for the opportunity to safely exit the ballpark.

"I understand that there has to be a reason, the police wouldn't do this if there wasn't a serious threat outside," she said, "and we did some searching and saw that there are protests. I respect the decision and if they don't think we should be outside, we shouldn't be outside. But I'm saying this now and we've only been locked in for about 20 minutes, so we'll see how long this lasts."

Will Souble of Catonsville was willing to take his chances, so he wasn't happy to be stuck at Home Plate Plaza.

"It's just ridiculous," he said. "If I'm going to take the risk on my own to go outside, let me go outside on my own. I'll take my chances, or these guys can walk me to my car. Don't keep me locked in the building and don't supply us with something to eat or something to drink. I'm not going to go back and spend $10 on two cups of hot chocolate. I spent $247 to come to this game. Are you kidding me?"

Right after the gates opened, the Orioles staged an exciting 10th-inning rally that featured a leadoff triple by Adam Jones, a sacrifice fly by Chris Davis and a dramatic walkoff home run by David Lough to beat the Boston Red Sox, 5-4, and end their five-game losing streak.

Fans were advised after the game to take special care to move through areas of downtown that have a visible police presence.

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