Final in 14
3:40 PM ET, August 14, 2013
Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona
PHOENIX -- Arizona did it again. Not a walk-off home run this time. A game-ending base hit did just fine.
The result was another excruciating loss for Baltimore in the desert.
Aaron Hill singled with one out in the bottom of the 14th inning on Wednesday to give the Diamondbacks their third straight walk-off win over the Orioles, 5-4.
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"These last three days have been a lot of fun," Hill said.
Not for the visitors. Baltimore led all three games entering the seventh.
"It was a tough series," said Orioles starter Chris Tillman, thwarted in his bid for a 15th victory. "There's nothing you can do about it now. You've got to look forward to the next one at home."
Hill forced extra innings with an RBI single in the ninth off Jim Johnson in the Orioles closer's ninth blown save of the season and second in as many days.
Bud Norris (8-10), who started and threw five innings in San Francisco on Sunday, came on in the 14th and walked two batters ahead of Hill's single to take the loss.
Heath Bell (4-1) threw an inning to get the victory.
Eaton's home run in the ninth gave Arizona the victory in the opener, then Goldschmidt homered in the ninth to tie it and hit another in the 11th to win it on Tuesday night.
Hill's game-winning single was the only hit in the five extra innings for the Diamondbacks, who finished the homestand 6-2. Baltimore went 4-4 in an eight-game trip to three NL West cities.
Norris, the Orioles' eighth pitcher, walked Parra and Martin Prado on four pitches apiece to start the 14th. He struck out Goldschmidt, and Hill joked about the reaction from the stands.
"The crowd was like `Oh, man," Hill said, "but he's done it enough this year. It's time for someone else, right?"
Hill's single just got through the infield as Gerardo Parra raced home with the winner. As was the case the previous two nights, the players doused the hero with water, dirt and who knows what else.
"I don't understand the dirt bath thing, I really don't," Hill said. "The dirt, the rosin bag, the spit, whatever else comes at you, I don't know where that came from. But hey, if it means we win a ballgame, I'll take it every time."
Norris refused to talk to reporters afterward. He had skipped his scheduled bullpen session Wednesday to be ready if he was needed should the game go extra innings after the 11-inning affair on Tuesday night.
"We knew he was going to be able to throw a couple of innings for us," manager Buck Showalter said. "He throws more pitches on his work day, which would have been today, than he did in the game."
Showalter refused to criticize Johnson, who leads the majors with 39 saves.
"The world's full of those guys who come in after the war's over and shoot the wounded. I'm not one of those guys," he said. "I'll leave that to the guys who are outside the arena."
Showalter got the inevitable question about sticking with Johnson as closer.
"Am I going to sit Adam Jones because he had a rough day today?" he said. "I as a manager can't live in that world. We've got a lot of pieces in the chain that have to work and every club does. And I'll be the first guy to make adjustments if they need to be made, but there's a lot of things that we've got to shore up besides that."
Baltimore took a 4-2 lead into the seventh on Monday and a 3-0 lead after six on Tuesday. The Orioles were up 4-2 again when Tillman left the game entering the seventh.
Arizona got a run in the seventh on Prado's RBI single, then threatened but failed to score in the eighth.
Parra, who tripled in a run in the second, doubled to left off Johnson to start the ninth. Prado's bunt failed to advance the runner, then after a quick trip to the mound by manager Buck Showalter, Goldschmidt was walked intentionally.
That brought up Hill, who singled sharply to left on the first pitch to tie it. Goldschmidt moved to third on the play but was stranded when Matt Davidson struck out and Tuffy Gosewisch grounded to short.
Corbin failed for the fourth time in his bid for a 13th victory. He went seven innings, giving up four runs on nine hits with seven strikeouts and one walk.
When they recalled Campana, the Diamondbacks optioned LHP Tyler Skaggs to Triple-A Reno. Skaggs had been with the team for a couple of days as a long-inning relief option in his latest in a series of stints with the big league club. ... Three pitchers were used as pinch hitters, Randall Delgado and Wade Miley for Arizona, Scott Feldman for Baltimore. ... The Orioles return home for a three-game interleague series with Colorado, sending LHP Wei-Yin Chen (6-5, 3.06 ERA) to the mound against the Rockies' RHP Juan Nicasio (6-6, 5.04) in the opener Friday night. ... Arizona leaves on a 10-game road trip, beginning with a three-game series in Pittsburgh. RHP Brandon McCarthy (2-6, 4.73) goes for the Diamondbacks in Friday's opener with RHP Gerrit Cole (5-5, 3.95) starting for the Pirates.
PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 14: Chris Tillman #30 of the Baltimore Orioles delivers a pitch against the Arizona...(Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|1st||M Davidson reached on infield single to third, M Prado scored, A Hill to second.||0||1|
|2nd||N Markakis singled to left center, T Teagarden and B Roberts scored.||2||1|
|2nd||M Machado homered to left center (436 feet), N Markakis scored.||4||1|
|2nd||G Parra tripled to deep center, D Gregorius scored.||4||2|
|7th||M Prado singled to left, T Campana scored.||4||3|
|9th||A Hill singled to left, G Parra scored, P Goldschmidt to third.||4||4|
|14th||A Hill singled to center, G Parra scored, M Prado to second.||4||5|
|View complete Play-By-Play|
|Stadium||Chase Field, Phoenix, AZ|
|Attendance||19,568 (40.2% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Scott Barry, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Mike DiMuro|
Jim Johnson has blown his last 3 save opportunities. It's the 2nd time this season he's blown 3 straight chances (May 14, 18, 20). Last year he blew a total of 3 of 54 chances.
The Orioles led 4-1 Wednesday before blowing another lead. That's been a theme for Baltimore this year, after they were so good with the lead last year.[+]
Orioles W-L, Last 2 Seasons
Paul Goldschmidt leads baseball with 5 go-ahead or game-tying HR in the 9th inning or later this season. A number of players have matched that feat in a season in recent years; however, the last player with 6 or more such HR in a single season? Boog Powell for the 1966 Orioles.
From Elias: Tuesday night, Paul Goldschmidt had a game-tying hit in the 9th and a walk-off hit in extras. Wednesday, Aaron Hill had a game-tying hit in the 9th and a walk-off in extras. It's the first time in baseball's expansion era (since 1961) that teammates have accomplished this in consecutive days.
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