BALTIMORE (AP) — Derrek Lee led off the bottom of the 12th inning with a home run to give the Baltimore Orioles a 5-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.
Lee sent a 1-2 pitch from Jose Arredondo (0-3) into the seats in left field to end the marathon. It was Lee’s fifth home run, the first since May 8.
Cincinnati missed a chance to take the lead in the top of the 12th when Joey Votto was thrown out at the plate trying to score from first on a two-out double by Jay Bruce.
Mike Gonzalez (1-1) worked the 12th for the Orioles, who led 4-0 after four innings. Baltimore stranded 13 and went 2 for 14 with runners in scoring position.
The Orioles improved to 4-6 in extra-inning games.
Adam Jones homered for Baltimore, and rookie second baseman Blake Davis — who made a costly error Wednesday in a 5-4 loss to Pittsburgh — rebounded with his first major league hit: a two-run
triple that made it 2-0 in the second inning.
A sellout crowd of 45,382 watched Cincinnati’s first appearance in Baltimore since the 1970 World Series. During the 15 years that interleague play has been in existence, the Reds faced every AL
team on the road except the Orioles.
Reds starter Edinson Volquez gave up four runs, seven hits and five walks in 4 1-3 innings.
Volquez entered with a 13.85 ERA in the first inning, but he kept the Orioles scoreless despite walking two batters.
In the second inning, however, Volquez surrendered the game’s first run for the 12th time in 14 starts. Lee walked and took third on a double by Matt Wieters before Davis tripled to right-center.
Jones led off the third with his 12th homer for a 3-0 lead. In the fourth, Wieters doubled and came home on a broken-bat bloop by J.J. Hardy.
Cincinnati closed to 4-3 in the fifth against Orioles starter Chris Jakubauskas. Brandon Phillips hit a two-run, two-out double and scored on a double by Votto.
In the bottom half, Baltimore got runners on second and third with one out before Sam LeCure struck out Wieters and Davis around an intentional walk to Mark Reynolds.
The Reds pulled even in the sixth against Jason Berken, who yielded a double to Jonny Gomes and a two-out RBI single to No. 9 hitter Paul Janish.
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