Wieters has walk off slam for Baltimore Orioles

Wieters walk off slam, Brandon Crawford extends hitting streak, Red Sox sweep Photo: Matt Wieters flips his bat as he watches his walk off grand slam/AP Patrick Semansky

LOS ANGELES, April 19, 2013 — The Orioles got a dramatic walk off win. Brandon Crawford’s hit streak is now at 11 games. The Diamondbacks stopped the Yankees. Here is a recap of the action around baseball on Thursday.

Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters hit a walk off grand slam against the Tampa Bay Rays. The catcher also had a double and two runs scored. David Price had his second bad outing in three starts, going six innings, while striking out six and giving up five earned runs. Miguel Gonzalez gave up five runs, four earned, in 5 2/3 innings. Final Score: Baltimore Orioles 10, Tampa Bay Rays 6.

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The Boston Red Sox completed their sweep of the Cleveland Indians and have now won six straight. Jon Lester got his third win, throwing seven innings and striking out five, while giving up two runs. Andrew Bailey picked up his second save for Boston. Carlos Santana went 2 for 4 and his hitting .405 on the year for the Indians. Final Score: Boston Red Sox 6, Cleveland Indians 3.

The Atlanta Braves are looking to get another winning streak going. They beat Pittsburgh with home runs, four of them, two from the Brothers Upton, one from Chris Johnson and a pinch hit homer from Evan Gattis, his fifth. Craig Kimbrel got his seventh save of the year. Russell Martin hit his first home run as a Pirate. Pedro Alvarez hit his first home run of the year, a 454 foot bomb to centerfield for Pittsburgh. Final Score: Atlanta Braves 6, Pirates 4.

Justin Verlander pitched well for the Detroit Tigers, going seven innings with 12 strikeouts and giving up two earned runs, but he didn’t pitch well enough for the win. That is because Seattle’s staff combined to shut out the Tigers. Hisashi Iwakuma threw six scoreless innings, but took a no-decision. Carter Capps earned the win in relief for the Mariners. Final Score: Seattle Mariners 2, Detroit Tigers 0.

Whatever Didi wants, he’s gonna get it. Didi Gregorius hit his first home run/AP Bill Kostroun

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Arizona avoided a sweep in the Bronx to the Yankees. Arizona rookie Didi Gregorius went 2 for 5 with his first home run and double of his career. Patrick Corbin went seven innings and gave up one run, while striking out seven for the Diamondbacks. New York starter Phil Hughes also pitched well going seven innings and two earned runs. The game ended in 12 innings with Arizona putting up four runs in the top of the inning. Final Score: Arizona Diamondbacks 6, New York Yankees 2.

The Chicago Cubs took the second game of their two game series with the Texas Rangers leaving the series tied, 1-1. Anthony Rizzo went 1 for 4 with his fourth home run for the Cubs. Texas starter Alexi Ogando had his worst outing of the year. He pitched just 2 1/3 innings and gave up five runs. That was more than Texas could comeback from as Carlos Villanueva went seven innings with two earned runs and six strikeouts. Final Score: Chicago Cubs 6, Texas Rangers 2.

The San Francisco Giants lost to the Milwaukee Brewers with Matt Cain on the mound. Cain went six innings and gave up seven runs on seven hits with four strikeouts for the Giants. Yovani Gallardo gave up just one run in six innings with six strikeouts. Brewer leftfielder Ryan Braun hit his third home run of the year, a two run shot in the first inning off Cain. Brandon Crawford just keeps hitting. The San Francisco shortstop went 3 for 4 with a home run, a double and two runs scored. He is riding a decent 11 game hitting streak while batting .432 with three home runs during the streak. Final Score: Milwaukee Brewers 7, San Francisco 2.

The Colorado Rockies were able to avoid snow on Thursday and were able to beat the New York Mets. The Mets got an okay start from Jon Niese and then the bullpen gave up eight runs in two innings. Jon Garland got his second win for Colorado. He went seven innings with four strikeouts while giving up two runs. Troy Tulowitzki went 2 for 4 with his fourth home run for the Rockies. Final Score: Colorado Rockies 11, New York Mets 3.

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The new Big Red Machine was in full force for the Reds in their win over the Miami Marlins yesterday. Reds centerfielder Shin-Soo Choo went 2 for 4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored. Todd Frazier went 2 for 3 with his fifth home run, three runs scored and two RBIs for Cincinnati. Tom Cingrani made the first start of his career and went 5 innings with one earned run and eight strikeouts to get the win for the Reds. Final Score: Cincinnati Reds 11, Miami Marlins 1.

In other games…

The Chicago White Sox and Toronto Blue Jays split their four game series with a 3-1 victory by the Blue Jays yesterday. Adam Wainwright got the win as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 4-3.

Weekend series to watch

Oakland at Tampa Bay, Atlanta at Pittsburgh, Yankees at Toronto, and Detroit at Anaheim. The only interleague series this weekend will be the Los Angeles Dodgers at Baltimore.

Kevin J. Wells writes about Major League Baseball and punk rock music.  Follow him on Twitter @WellsOnBaseball


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Kevin J. Wells was born and raised in the Los Angeles area in a town called Montrose.  He currently plays guitar for and is a founding member of the Los Angeles punk rock band Emmer Effer.  He has worked in a number of different career fields including Behavioral Therapy, Commodities, Insurance, and most recently a food cart in Portland, OR. Kevin has been both a sports and entertainment columnist and editor for The Washington Times Communities since January 2013.

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