MILWAUKEE (AP) — Pitcher Yovani Gallardo delivered a pinch-hit double that drove home the winning run with two outs in the 10th inning Tuesday night, foiling Baltimore’s strategy and sending the Milwaukee Brewers over the Orioles 7-6.
With the pitcher’s spot on deck and knowing Milwaukee was out of position players, the Orioles intentionally walked power-hitting Mark Reynolds with two outs and no one on base in the 10th.
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke then sent up Gallardo – a starting pitcher who was 1 for 14 this season – to bat for reliever Francisco Rodriguez (2-1).
Gallardo drove a 2-0 pitch from T.J. McFarland (0-1) to deep center field to win it.
Reynolds earlier hit his 12th homer. The Brewers blew an early 5-0 lead, but tied it at 6 with two outs in the ninth on an infield single by Jonathan Lucroy.
Lyle Overbay singled to open the ninth and Jean Segura sacrificed pinch runner Elian Herrera to second. Ryan Braun’s ground out sent Herrera to third, and he scored when Lucroy hit a chopper and barely beat third baseman Manny Machado’s throw to first.
The Orioles took a 6-5 lead in the seventh on pinch hitter Steve Pearce’s three-run homer.
Nelson Cruz hit his major league-leading 17th homer in the Baltimore fifth. He walked to open the seventh, and an error by Segura on his flip from shortstop set up Pearce’s homer off Matt Garza.
The Brewers, who blew a 6-4 lead in the ninth inning on Monday and lost to the Orioles in the 10th, powered their way to early lead.
Carlos Gomez hit a three-run homer and solo shots by Reynolds and Khris Davis, all off starter Wei-Yin Chen, made it 5-0 through the fourth.
NOTES: Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez, on the disabled list since May 13 with a left hamstring injury, fielded grounders before the game. “It felt good. I took like 20-25 groundballs,” he said. “I am going to take it day by day and when I am ready, I am ready.” … Brewers reliever Jim Henderson, on the DL with inflammation in his right shoulder, received a cortisone injection. “Hopefully that clears it up a bit more,” said Henderson, who experienced discomfort in his shoulder during his minor league rehab assignment on Friday. “We need to free it up and be pain-free and then we’ll be good to go, really. I’m going to just ice it and make sure the injection stays in there and does its work. Then we can get back to strengthening it and exercising again.” … Gomez extended his hitting streak to eight games. … Lucroy doubled in the eighth to extend his hitting streak to nine games, the Brewers’ longest this season. … Prior to the game, the Orioles activated 1B Chris Davis from the paternity list and optioned C Steve Clevenger to Triple-A Norfolk. Davis went 0 for 4.