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BALTIMORE -- Given the option, the Baltimore Orioles would prefer not to work overtime.
If they must, however, they intend to make it worthwhile.
Matt Wieters doubled in the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th, and the Orioles defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 on Sunday to extend their run of successive extra-inning victories to nine.
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Baltimore took two of three from the Phillies, including a 12-inning victory on Saturday. The nine consecutive extra-inning victories is an Orioles record, breaking the mark of eight set twice previously.
"We'd rather win games in nine, but if you're going to go extras you want to win those," Wieters said. "The key is our bullpen has been able to keep teams where they're at -- especially when we get to extra innings -- and just give our offense the chance to get a timely hit."
Then came the Baltimore 10th.
Adam Jones led off against Joe Savery (0-1) by reaching on a fielding error by third baseman Ty Wigginton. Wieters then launched a drive to right that hit the scoreboard, inches over the outstretched glove of Hunter Pence. The bouncing ball eluded Pence long enough for Jones to score the unearned run.
"I wasn't sure it was going to go quite far enough, and it went just out of Pence's reach," Wieters said. "With Jonesy's speed, you know he's going to score if you can get it off the wall."
It was the eighth loss in nine games for the last-place Phillies, who left 10 on base and went 3 for 11 with runners in scoring position.
"You got to keep going," manager Charlie Manuel said. "We've always rebounded by the end of the season. We're thinking about winning."
Lee allowed four runs in six innings in his 10th start of the year. The left-hander struck out eight, but his record remained at 0-3 after Tolleson's home run wiped out Philadelphia's 4-1 lead.
"A cutter up and in," Lee said. "Right where I wanted to put it. He put a good swing on it. You have to give him credit right there."
Before this season, the former Cy Young Award winner had not gone more than three starts without a win to begin the year.
"I guess it seems to be frustrating, but I can only control what I can control," Lee said.
Baltimore starter Jason Hammel gave up four runs and six hits over six wild innings. The right-hander issued a season-high five walks, hit a batter and threw a wild pitch.
But Hammel limited Philadelphia to 3 for 8 hitting with runners in scoring position and retired the last seven batters he faced.
The game attracted 45,267 fans, many of them clad in red and rooting for the Phillies. It was the second straight sellout crowd at Camden Yards and third of the season.
After Philadelphia loaded the bases with one out in the first inning and failed to score, the Orioles went up 1-0 in the bottom half on singles by Jones, Wieters and Ronny Paulino.
The Phillies again stranded three runners in the second, but not before taking a 3-1 lead. With the bases loaded and two outs, Pence grounded a two-run single up the middle and Jim Thome followed with an RBI single.
Hammel had a 1-2-3 third but struggled again in the fourth. A single and two walks loaded the bases before Juan Pierre scored on a wild pitch. But the Phillies stranded runners at the corners, upping their left-on-base total to eight.
"In the first four innings if we got another hit we'd score some runs," Manuel said. "We scored four runs but it didn't hold up. We just didn't get it done."
In the bottom half, Philadelphia's lead vanished. With two on and two outs, Tolleson hit a 1-2 pitch into the left-field seats.
"That was a pretty special moment," Tolleson said. "That was a big spot in the game because it was tied back up, then we let Wieters do what he does in the 10th. That was fun."
|Adam Jones is welcomed home after scoring from first base on Matt Wieters' hit to help create team history for the Orioles. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Jimmy Rollins, SS||4||1||0||0||1||0||0||.240|
|Juan Pierre, LF||4||2||2||0||1||0||1||.322|
|Hunter Pence, RF||4||0||2||2||1||0||0||.281|
|Jim Thome, DH||4||0||1||1||0||0||0||.242|
|Shane Victorino, CF||3||0||0||0||2||1||3||.253|
|Carlos Ruiz, C||4||0||1||0||0||2||8||.347|
|Ty Wigginton, 3B||5||0||0||0||0||0||1||.262|
|Hector Luna, 1B||5||1||1||0||0||1||1||.308|
|Michael Martinez, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.200|
|a- Mike Fontenot, PH-2B||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.333|
|a-flied out for Martinez in the 10th|
|RBI - Hunter Pence 2 (38), Jim Thome (4)|
|2-OUT RBI - Hunter Pence 2 (11), Jim Thome (2)|
|SB - Juan Pierre (11, 2nd base off Hammel/Paulino)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|DP - Rollins-Martinez-Luna|
|E - Ty Wigginton (9, Misplayed grounder)|
|Joe Savery (L,0-1)||0.1||1||1||0||0||0||0||3.06|
|Pitches-Strikes - Cliff Lee 106-74, Michael Schwimer 42-29, Joe Savery 12-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cliff Lee 1-8, Joe Savery 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Cliff Lee 26, Michael Schwimer 11, Joe Savery 3|
|Robert Andino, 2B||5||0||1||0||0||1||1||.243|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||5||0||0||0||0||2||1||.248|
|Adam Jones, CF||5||2||2||0||0||2||1||.300|
|Matt Wieters, DH||4||0||3||1||1||0||0||.255|
|Ronny Paulino, C||4||0||1||1||0||2||3||.289|
|Mark Reynolds, 1B||3||1||0||0||1||2||2||.206|
|Steve Pearce, LF||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.231|
|Steve Tolleson, 3B||4||1||1||3||0||1||0||.237|
|Endy Chavez, RF||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.167|
|2B - Matt Wieters (10, Savery), Steve Pearce (1, Lee)|
|HR - Steve Tolleson (2, Lee)|
|RBI - Matt Wieters (27), Ronny Paulino (5), Steve Tolleson 3 (6)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ronny Paulino (1), Steve Tolleson 3 (4)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Darren O'Day (W,4-0)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.78|
|HBP - Thome (by Jason Hammel), Ruiz (by Darren O'Day)|
|WP - Jason Hammel (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jason Hammel 115-68, Troy Patton 30-22, Jim Johnson 12-7, Darren O'Day 19-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Hammel 6-8, Troy Patton 3-2, Jim Johnson 3-0, Darren O'Day 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Jason Hammel 30, Troy Patton 8, Jim Johnson 3, Darren O'Day 4|
|Attendance - 45267|
|Game Time - 3:08|
|Temperature - 90|
|Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Adrian Johnson, Third Base - Gary Cederstrom|