For the second straight night, Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles crushed a home run. Also for the second straight night, however, the Arizona Diamondbacks erased a late deficit to once again win in walk-off fashion. All-Star Paul Goldschmidt, who homered in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie the game at 3, launched a game-ending home run in the eleventh to give his team their 61st win of the season.
The O’s had a commanding 3-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh. Davis’s two-run shot in the fourth and J.J. Hardy‘s solo homer in the fifth had put Baltimore in a good position to take the victory. Yet, the Snakes once again showed resiliency and roared back to cut the lead to one in the seventh. After an Aaron Hill triple, Martin Prado grounded into a fielder’s choice which scored Hill. The next batter to step up to the plate, Gerardo Parra, slugged his eighth homer of the season over the wall in right field.
Still, the D-Backs went into their final three outs down by a run, with the league leader in saves, Jim Johnson, on the mound. That did not bother Goldy, who took Johnson deep for a game-tying home run. After Brad Ziegler got through the tenth inning unscathed and Heath Bell pitched a perfect eleventh, Goldschmidt, once again stepped into the batter’s box and hit the first pitch he saw from T.J. McFarland for a walk-off home run, just one night removed from Adam Eaton‘s game-ending homer.
Randall Delgado got through seven solid innings of work, allowing three runs on five hits. While the 23-year-old did not factor into the decision, Arizona has not lost a game he has started since July 8. Baltimore starter Miguel Gonzalez cruised for most of the game before losing some gas and running into some trouble in the seventh.
For the 22nd time in the last 25 games, the Los Angeles Dodgers won. This kept the Diamondbacks 7 1/2 games back of first place in the National League West. The Cincinnatti Reds, who currently hold the second and final wild-card berth in the National League, also won, maintaining a 5 1/2 game lead over the D-Backs.
Arizona will go into Wednesday night’s game looking to sweep the O’s out of Chase Field. Check out our Series Preview here for a look at the pitching match-ups.