Snider tested on defense, at plate in eventful day

Misplayed ball leads to three runs, but O's right fielder gets redemption with homer

Snider tested on defense, at plate in eventful day

BALTIMORE -- Travis Snider had no excuses for his misplayed ball in the third inning that led to a trio of runs and starter Chris Tillman's exit.

"That's a ball that has to be caught, especially because Chris pitched his backside off for us, gave us a chance to get out of the inning," said Snider, who tipped the ball in a leaping attempt after he took several steps in and watched Devon Travis' ball sail over his head. "That's one of those things you work and try and get better at."

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That wasn't the only big play in which Snider was involved in Sunday's 10-7 loss to Toronto.

"He hit a three-run homer that got us back in the ballgame," manager Buck Showalter said of Snider's fifth-inning blast off Drew Hutchison. "He made a play [in the eighth] where the wind blew the ball back in that a lot of guys may not have made. Travis is considered a good outfielder, and today he got a tough read on one ball.

Snider's diving catch

"He's already made two or three plays. He actually won a game for us defensively in Tampa just about, so just one of those things. He's a good outfielder."

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.