Thu, 27 Apr 2017 05:29:51 GMTBALTIMORE -- First, Seth Smith circled the bases on a single. Then, much later in a very strange game, he drove in the winning run without lifting the bat off his shoulder. Smith drew a bases-loaded, four-pitch walk from Danny Farquhar to force in the deciding run with two outs in the 11th inning, and the Baltimore Orioles rallied to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 on Wednesday night. The 4-hour, 8-minute contest featured a play more appropriate for the Little League -- or the Big Top. The wacky sequence began when Smith singled with Ryan Flaherty on first. After Kevin Kiermaier threw wildly to third base from center field, starting pitcher Alex Cobb retrieved the ball near the Tampa Bay dugout.
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:30:09 GMTMarch comes in like a lion, goes out like a lamb. April, though, comes in like a Cub and goes out like a National. The rankings (records through Wednesday’s games): 1. Washington Nationals (15-6; Previous: 5): Nats really focused on their first 100 wins