Baltimore Orioles defeat Toronto Blue Jays, 5-4
Markakis' walk-off With the bases loaded and one out in the ninth, Nick Markakis singled sharply past a drawn-in infield to give the Orioles a 5-4 win.
Markakis, who grounded into a double play in his first at-bat, singled in each of his last three at-bats. Corey Patterson, who singled to lead off the inning, scored the winning run. After a sacrifice bunt, Brian Roberts was walked intentionally and Melvin Mora drew a walk to load the bases.
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It took until the 16th game of the season for outfielder Jay Payton to join the Orioles' active roster.
He had to wait at least one more night to join the lineup.
The Orioles activated Payton from the disabled list yesterday and optioned Jon Knott to Triple-A Norfolk. Manager Sam Perlozzo decided to ease Payton back into major league competition, rather than start him against Toronto Blue Jays starter A.J. Burnett, whose fastball reached 98 mph last night.
The first punishment came from Aubrey Huff, who sprinted out of the dugout and jumped on the back of Nick Markakis. Then Melvin Mora ran and leaped on Markakis and other Orioles around first base.
Finally, Markakis emerged from the celebration to do a post-game interview and he promptly got a shaving-cream pie thrust in his face, courtesy of reliever Jamie Walker.
Blue Jays@Orioles Tonight, 7:05, MASN, 105.7 FM Starters: Josh Towers (1-1, 2.03) vs. Adam Loewen (1-0, 3.95)