Thanks to Paredes, fans can steal a home

Quicken Loans sweepstakes offers chance to win mortgage payment valued at $1,500

Thanks to Paredes, fans can steal a home

At this rate, you can expect to have a chance for a free mortgage payment in the Quicken Loans "Steal A Home" program at nearly the exact same time every Wednesday night for the rest of this season.

Remarkably, Baltimore's Jimmy Paredes stole home on a double steal in Wednesday's 5-4 win over Houston at almost the same time during an East Coast game that A.J. Pollock stole home for Arizona during a double steal the previous Wednesday at Miami.

Each time a Major Leaguer steals home this season, fans have a 48-hour window to enter for a chance to win a free mortgage payment of up to $1,500 from Quicken Loans. Now it has happened again almost as fast as Paredes getting down the line under Jason Castro's tag, and you need to enter this time by 7 p.m. ET on Friday.

The winner of the monthly mortgage payment will also receive two tickets to a game of the team of that fan's choice, two MLB jerseys, two MLB.TV subscriptions and a $150 Fathead.com gift card from the MLB.com Shop.

It could get even better. By entering the sweepstakes for this opportunity, fans are also eligible for the Quicken Loans "Steal A Home" grand-prize drawing after the regular season ends. The winner will receive one year's worth of mortgage payments (up to $12,000) and an all-expense-paid trip to the 111th World Series opener. Fans can enter that sweepstakes any time before 11:59 p.m. ET on Oct. 4.

The Paredes steal not only matters to you, but also to the Orioles in particular. They had scored only seven runs over their last 43 innings and two or fewer runs in three of their last four games, and they were ranked 13th in the American League in runs.

"That's always exciting, no matter how many runs you've been scoring," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "I'd like to think other things would have happened afterward if we hadn't. Our two players, Adam [Jones] and Jimmy, executed the play perfectly. Hats off to them. That's how it all came about, because they executed it perfectly."

The steals of home by Pollock and Paredes were the first two of the season, after eight in the Majors last year and gradually declining numbers since 14 occurred in 2011.

Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.