Jimmy Paredes had never stolen home before, so when he received the sign to break for the plate on a delayed double-steal attempt in the fourth inning of the Orioles’ 5-4 win over Houston on Wednesday, he was a little surprised.
Paredes said he got a late break for home when Adam Jones, the runner at first, sped for second, but otherwise the play was executed well, with Paredes’ left hand sweeping across the plate before Houston catcher Jason Castro’s tag.
“We talk about it all the time,” Paredes said. “We have a sign for that. We talk about the double steal, the delayed steal. I just had to make sure the guy went to [second] and then I took advantage of going home.”
For an Orioles team that had struggled to score runs -- they scored just seven runs over their previous 43 innings -- the play provided a spark. After Paredes stole home, Chris Davis followed with a two-run homer and Steve Pearce immediately hit a solo homer after that, giving the Orioles a 4-1 lead.
“I think we surprised them, because Chris Davis was hitting, nobody out, first and third,” Paredes said. “Nobody thought we were going to take a double steal. Right there, it was a good play. We surprised them a lot. If you don’t know about baseball, you have to think, ‘What are they doing?’ But we made a good decision. We knew we could do it.
“We thought maybe it was add energy on the team if it worked out,” Paredes added. “Be aggressive and then you do a little thing like that and you get something [extra] out of it. You saw Davis come in and hit a homer, Pearce hits a homer back to back.”