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BAL@CWS: Wieters smacks a grand slam in the 10th

CHICAGO -- Better late than never.

The Orioles, who sleepwalked through most of Monday's first eight innings, put on a laser show in a six-run 10th inning -- powered by Matt Wieters' first career grand slam -- that turned the tables on the White Sox, handing Baltimore a stunning 10-4 win as a result.

"When we started hitting home runs, it was like, 'Is this about to happen?'," said first baseman Chris Davis, who drove in the tie-breaking run in the 11th, narrowly missing a homer himself. "But it's one of those things. With our team, it's not a selfish effort. We're going to stand up for one another. We're going to have each other's back and we're going to keep battling until our last out, and that's what we did."

"A couple years ago, we were down 4-2 on the road, we were probably losing 4-2," added Adam Jones, who clubbed a game-tying homer with two outs in the ninth to force extra innings. "It's a different team, we're a different breed right now. We are just enjoying taking one game at a time and not doing anything else, but play our style of baseball."

Early on, that style didn't look so good. The Orioles committed three errors in the field and loaded the bases in the second and third innings, with Davis' 11th inning RBI just the second hit in 21 at-bats with runners in scoring position over a three-game stretch. Down 4-1, Wieters hit his first homer of the night in the top of the eighth inning, before Reimold -- the Orioles' go-to ninth-inning man -- again worked his magic to pull the O's within one.

All three of Reimold's home runs this year have come in the ninth inning, -- and in the last three games he has played -- and the typically reserved Reimold cracked a smile when asked if he ever planned on going deep earlier in the game.

"Good question," said Reimold, who didn't even enter the game until the seventh inning with manager Buck Showalter being overly cautious with his left hamstring. "I'll take 'em anytime. Anytime they come is fine by me, [and] I'm sure good with everybody."

"We are trying to get him in a crazy attitude of 'who gives a [darn]'," the outspoken Jones said of Reimold, who is hitting .400 with three doubles, three homers and six RBIs over a seven-game hitting streak. "And it's slowly starting to work. He's a work in progress, we are really trying to get him to maximize his opportunity. He's one of the most talented athletes I've seen. He's fast, strong, he just has to have that mindset that he can do it and he can."

The Orioles channeled that same mindset and set season-highs in hits (15), and overcoming a season-high in errors and 11 runners left on base, making sure a stellar 6 2/3 innings from starter Jake Arrieta -- who tied a career high with a 114-pitch effort -- wouldn't go to waste.

"We gave them some runs and we didn't take advantage of some things," Showalter said of the game's turnaround, joking that it felt more like four games in one. "I think it was kind of almost like letting out some frustration, all the opportunities we had missed and some of the things we helped them with."

Once the game went to extras, the Orioles zoned in, lighting up White Sox reliever Zach Stewart for a half-dozen runs, five of which were unearned. Mark Reynolds' deep fly ball, ruled a three-base error on Alejandro De Aza, to open the 10th gave the Orioles the go-ahead run 90 feet away, and Davis gave the O's a long overdue piece of productive hitting with an RBI double that just missed eclipsing the left-field fence. Davis' hit improved the Orioles to 2-for-21 with runners in scoring position over a three-game stretch and also helped atone for his pair of defensive blunders -- one of which was one of the team's three official errors -- that helped give way to an unearned run in the sixth. Reimold's left-field single increased the Orioles' lead to two, before Wieters put the game out of reach with his second homer of the night.

"This year, nothing's really come easy so far," Wieters said of an Oriole club that improved to 6-4. "We've been battling every game just to make it close so it's nice to finally have a big inning and put some things together."

Arrieta received a no-decision but deserved a much better fate, taking the hill in the sixth with 65 pitches and only one run, A.J. Pierzynski's solo homer, to his name. But Davis struggled on a pair of plays and Wieters, who made just five errors in a Gold Glove season in 2011, also committed a pair of throwing errors which led to an unearned run in the seventh.

"Jake was the difference," Showalter said of Arrieta, who watched the final two innings in the clubhouse. "Everything will be forgotten, but Jake was outstanding. That was very encouraging, the way he pitched again tonight. I won't throw it out the window."

"We had a couple errors, a couple miscues on defense and had to face a few more hitters than necessary, but they picked me up and that's what good teams have to do," said Arrieta, who struck out seven and was charged with four runs (two earned) on seven hits and a walk. "We're going to make errors on defense just like everybody else in the league, but it speaks highly of our offense being able to put that behind us and really come out and continue to swing the bats well." Comments