BALTIMORE -- Perhaps the rest did him well. Or maybe he's been able to channel the nerves of being with a new team. Whatever the cause, Welington Castillo has been on fire since returning from the disabled list.
The Orioles' backstop, signed this winter to replace longtime catcher Matt Wieters, homered twice and delivered the first walk-off homer of his career -- at any level -- in Friday's 5-3, 10-inning win over the Blue Jays.
"Welington's had a good track record of being a good offensive catcher, and he's done a good job for us defensively, obviously. It was big," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Castillo's second homer. "It's funny, I looked up there and it doesn't feel like he had one home run coming into the game. He's a real tough-minded guy. He's got a certain mental toughness about him. As you're around him, you really have an appreciation for it."
After the second rain delay of the night, Castillo -- who hit a two-run homer off Jays starter Aaron Sanchez in the sixth -- dug in against Blue Jays reliever Jason Grilli with two outs and Mark Trumbo on first base. After working a 1-2 count, he delivered with a shot to left-center field.
"I don't have a lot of success against [Grilli]. I used to face him a lot when he was with the Pirates," Castillo said. "That's a guy who has a lot of good life on his fastball, a good sinker, good slider. I know at some point he's going to come in with a fastball. And he gave me a fastball inside, and a slider swing-and-miss. I never went away from my plan. I was looking for a fastball in and he gave it to me. And I was able to put my best swing on it."
Castillo is now batting .365, and has recorded four consecutive three-hit games.
"He's swinging the bat well," Orioles starter Chris Tillman said. "He has been I feel like all year so far. I mean, I think it's no surprise to us what he's capable of doing. Tonight he put on a show."