Wieters' blast latest in line of big hits

Catcher delivers game-tying HR in O's 12-inning victory

Wieters' blast latest in line of big hits

BALTIMORE -- While it wasn't the big walkoff homer, Orioles catcher Matt Wieters had his own clutch blow and played a big part in Friday's 3-2, 12-inning win over the D-backs.

Down to their last three outs and in a 2-1 deficit, Wieters tied things up with one swing to start the ninth, sending Arizona reliever Daniel Hudson's four-seam fastball out of the park. The pitch, the seventh of the at-bat, went soaring into right field, over the out-of-town scoreboard to bring the crowd of 37,815 at Camden Yards to their feet.

"Just trying to get a good pitch to hit," Wieters said. "Got to 3-0, then he was able to even up to 3-2. I still knew he was going to try and come with the strikes, so it's just being ready to go."

Baltimore was handcuffed by Arizona starter Shelby Miller over the first six innings, but Pedro Alvarez and Wieters managed to even things up. Wieters' blast forced extra innings and was one of several notable clutch hits for the catcher this season.

Alvarez's solo homer

"Another one that kind of gets pushed to the back [in the walkoff win]," manager Buck Showalter said. "Matty had a big blow, the long single [he hit in the 11th inning] that we had a chance there, too."

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.