The Orioles managed just five hits in seven innings against Sabathia ¿ and were held without a hit for the game¿s first five innings ¿ but McLouth¿s go-ahead solo homer off Sabathia in the bottom of the seventh was the difference in the Orioles¿ 4-3 comeback win in front of an announced 40,041 at Camden Yards.
With the possibility of freefalling into their worst losing skid in nearly two years, the Orioles received one of their best pitching performances of the season, two homers from reserve Chris Dickerson and a walk-off blast from Nate McLouth to finally beat the New York Yankees in extra innings.
Orioles reliever Pedro Strop had allowed just one earned run in his last 13 appearances for a 0.79 ERA in his last 11 1/3 innings heading into Monday night. That¿s a dramatic improvement over his early season struggles when he allowed seven earned runs in his first seven appearances.
The Orioles have struggled mightily when playing the Blue Jays in Toronto over the past five seasons. The Orioles are 12-42 at Rogers Center since 2006, including a 16-game losing streak they snapped this season. They aren't alone, though; the Blue Jays are 12 games above .500 at home over the past season and a half.