BALTIMORE -- Something about extra-inning games just seems to bring out the best in the Baltimore Orioles this season.
It happened again Sunday when Matt Wieters lined an RBI double to right field with one out in the bottom of the 10th to give the Orioles a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Orioles (34-26) have won nine straight extra-inning games and are 9-2 in overtime contests this season. They won two of three games from the Phillies (29-33) in this interleague series -- both in extra innings.
"We go out there and play as we hard as we can," said Orioles third baseman Steve Tolleson, whose three-run homer in the fourth off Cliff Lee tied the game. "And if it takes more than nine innings, it takes more than nine."
Adam Jones got the winning homer in Saturday's 12-inning victory and said they would play 25 innings if that's what it took to win. This time, Jones started the winning rally by reaching on third baseman Ty Wigginton's fielding error with one out.
Joe Savery (0-1) threw two quick strikes to Wieters before the Orioles' designated hitter lined a shot that went just over the head of right fielder Hunter Pence and banged off the scoreboard. The ball skittered away from Pence, and Jones scored easily with the winning run.
"I just wanted to try and shorten up, with two strikes especially," Wieters said. "I was able to get something up and get it to that wall in right. I knew if I was able to put one off the wall (that) Jonesy'd be able to score with his speed from first."
The nine extra-inning victories are a franchise record for one season. Baltimore has outscored opponents 19-3 in extra innings.
Darren O'Day (4-0) got the win after throwing a scoreless 10th inning.
Lee earned a no-decision for Philadelphia and is 0-2 with a solid 3.18 ERA but is still searching for a victory after 10 starts.
Lee's big problem came when he gave up the three-run homer to Tolleson, and Baltimore starter Jason Hammel's troubles were rooted mainly in a three-run second inning.
Both starters gave up four runs in their six-inning efforts but kept battling. Hammel threw 115 pitches while Lee ended up with 106.
Two-out rallies hurt both pitchers. The Orioles got to Lee and took a 1-0 lead with three consecutive two-out singles in the first. Jones and Wieters started the rally, and Ronny Paulino got the RBI hit.
But the Phillies answered with their own two-out rally in the second. With one on, Jimmy Rollins walked and Juan Pierre reached on an infield single to load the bases.
Pence then got a two-run single to center followed by Jim Thome's RBI single to left for a 3-1 lead.
Philadelphia loaded the bases with two outs again in the fourth and scored on a Hammel wild pitch while Carlos Ruiz was up to make it 4-1. Hammel settled down after that and retired the final seven batters he faced.
"We had a chance to score a lot of runs early, and we couldn't get a two-out hit," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "We couldn't put them away."
The Orioles answered in the bottom of the inning -- again on a two-out rally when Tolleson hit his tying three-run homer to left off Lee. That scored Mark Reynolds (walk) and Steve Pearce (double) and tied the game 4-4.
"That was a pretty special moment," Tolleson said.
Philadelphia threatened in the 10th, but Orioles right fielder Endy Chavez ended the inning with a nice running catch of pinch-hitter Mike Fontenot's line drive. Wieters then ended things moments later.
"We just kept grinding," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "The mentality is just (to keep) competing."
NOTES: 2B Brian Roberts could be finally getting back to the Orioles on Tuesday. He's been out for over a year with problems relating to concussions, and his 20-day rehab assignment is scheduled to finish up on Monday. The final word should come Monday or Tuesday. ... The Orioles' bullpen gave up just one run in five innings Saturday, continuing the consistent work it has done all season. It leads the American League with a 2.41 ERA, 13 wins and 22 saves and is a big reason the Orioles have been in the hunt in the American League East all season. ... After his home run on Saturday, Jim Thome has 605 for his career. He needs four more to tie Sammy Sosa for seventh on baseball's all-time list. ... Manager Charlie Manuel also is drawing closer to another milestone. He needs five more wins to reach 900 as a major league skipper. ... Errors have been a big problem for the Phillies in recent days. They made 10 in their last seven games, including Wigginton's miscue. They made three miscues in one inning Saturday, which helped the Orioles score two runs.
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