On bended knee, Manny makes slick play

On bended knee, Manny makes slick play

BALTIMORE -- Manny Machado continues to amaze.

The Orioles' third baseman, well known for his terrific defense, was at it again with a highlight-reel play in the top of the 11th inning on Monday against the Blue Jays. The O's went on to win, 3-2, on Mark Trumbo's walkoff solo homer in the bottom of the frame.

Toronto second baseman Devon Travis smoked a ball down the third-base line and Machado lunged for it to make the stop. From one knee, he turned and threw across his chest, sending a perfect one-hopper to first baseman Chris Davis to get the second out of the inning.

"That's the thing that makes him great," Orioles starter Kevin Gausman said of Machado. "Most guys wouldn't even get to that ball, first off. ... If they do throw it, they're definitely not going to get the guy. So for him to get there, make the play and throw from his knees and get a good runner, too, pretty impressive."

Machado, who had thrown so hard from the ground that he fell onto his back, remained there for a moment as the sellout crowd at Camden Yards jumped to its feet and chanted, "Manny, Manny."

"He's a good third baseman. That's just another Monday for Manny," former Oriole and current Blue Jays first baseman Steve Pearce said. "He makes those plays all of the time, and it definitely hurts when he does it against you."

While Machado was momentarily on his back, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he was initially worried about where the ground had scraped Machado, who took a dive on his arm just to get to the ball.

"He's got a pretty good skin-mark on top [of his hand], and that was what I was worried about was how he got it caught up underneath him," Showalter said. "What's better, the play or the throw? Who else makes that throw? Nobody."

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.