MILWAUKEE (AP) — Making his first start since being acquired in a trade with San Diego on Saturday, Nick Hundley came through for the Baltimore Orioles, atoning for an earlier error that nearly cost his new team the game.
Hundley singled in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning as Baltimore rallied past the Milwaukee Brewers 7-6 on Monday.
“I was excited for the opportunity to make up for it. That is all you can ask for, is one more chance. Physical errors hopefully don’t happen and it did in the ninth in a crucial situation. That is a big spot to throw a ball away,” Hundley said.
After the Orioles rallied to tie the game with two outs in the ninth off Brewers’ closer Francisco Rodriquez, a throwing error by Hundley in the bottom of the inning nearly saved the day for Milwaukee.
Jonathan Lucroy singled with one out. Carlos Gomez bunted and the throw from Hundley sailed into right field, allowing Lucroy to advance to third while Gomez ended up at second. With Elian Herrera pinch running for Lucroy, and representing the winning run, Mark Reynolds hit a soft line drive to short and Herrera broke for home, leading to an easy double play.
With two outs in the 10th, J.J. Hardy doubled off Rob Wooten (1-2). He scored on Hundley’s single.
“(Hundley) caught a really good game. He was impressive. He threw a guy out. You feel good for him because you know how much he wants to contribute,” Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said.
Jonathan Schoop hit two home runs for Baltimore. Down 6-4 with two outs in the ninth, Schoop’s second homer cut it to one. After pinch-hitter Delmon Young singled, Nick Markakis hit a game-tying double.
“I’m sticking with my approach. Trying to see the ball and hit it. Stay aggressive,” Schoop said.
Darren O’Day (2-0) pitched a scoreless inning of relief to get the win. Zach Britton pitched out of trouble in the 10th to record his third save in three opportunities.
Khris Davis and Lyle Overbay hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth for Milwaukee.
Schoop’s first homer came in the seventh and made it 6-4. He came into the game with just three homers on the season.
Baltimore starter Chris Tillman gave up six runs on seven hits in 5 2-3 innings. He walked four and struck out seven.
Brewers starter Kyle Lohse gave up four runs on nine hits over 6 2-3 innings. He struck out five and didn’t issue a walk. It marked the fourth time this season that a blown save cost Lohse a win.
“He had the one bad inning but other than that I thought he threw the ball well,” Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said.
The Orioles broke through in the third against Lohse. Adam Jones, who has safely reached base in 20 consecutive games, drove in two runs with a one-out triple. Nelson Cruz followed with a run-scoring single, extending the Orioles lead to 3-1 before the Brewers rallied to take the lead.
Notes: Milwaukee and Baltimore met for the first time since 2008. … The Brewers selected the contract of infielder Irving Falu from Triple-A Nashville to take the roster spot of pitcher Jimmy Nelson, who was optioned to Nashville. Milwaukee infielder Jeff Bianchi accepted his outright assignment to Nashville. … Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said reliever Jim Henderson’s rehab outing for Double-A Huntsville on Friday didn’t go as well as the team had hoped. “He felt a little irritation (in his shoulder). I don’t think it’s a huge setback, but we were really hoping for a clean outing.” The Brewers’ former closer returned to Milwaukee to be examined by the team’s medical staff after a second scheduled outing on Sunday was scrapped. … Baltimore’s Wei-Yin Chen will face Milwaukee’s Matt Garza in the second game of the three-game series on Tuesday.
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