Brewers 7, Orioles 6: Gallardo can walk(off) on his ankle

Mike McGinnis

The Brewers steal one against the Orioles as Yovani Gallardo smacks a walkoff double in the bottom of the tenth inning.

Win: Francisco Rodriguez (2-1)
Loss: T.J. McFarland (0-1)

HR: Carlos Gomez (11), Mark Reynolds (12), Khris Davis (8), Nelson Cruz (17), Steve Pearce (4)

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Before Yovani Gallardo got a chance to prove his ankle was okay on the mound, he did so with his bat by crushing a walkoff double in the tenth inning of a tie ball game on Tuesday night to give the Brewers a walkoff win.  Gallardo's double allowed the Brewers to sneak out with a victory that they seemingly had given away earlier in the night.

Scoring runs was not a problem for the Brewers early on tonight as they scored three runs in the game's opening frame.  After a shutout inning from Matt Garza, Jean Segura and Ryan Braun singled from their new spots in the order to set the table for Jonathan Lucroy.  Lucroy wasn't able to score either runner as he struck out, but Carlos Gomez continued to enjoy the cleanup spot with a three-run home run.

After another shutout inning from Garza, Mark Reynolds stretched out the Brewers lead with a home run to left.  The home run allowed Reynolds to retake ownership of the team lead in home runs (12) as Gomez's first inning home run had briefly tied him with Reynolds for the team's top spot.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Khris Davis continued his dominance of left-handed pitching and hit a home run to give the Brewers a five run lead and a seemingly comfortable lead after four innings.

Things continued to go well for the Brewers until the top of the fifth inning when Garza gave up a solo home run to Nelson Cruz.  Besides the home run, Garza looked good in the first five innings as he only gave up the one run while striking out eight batters.

Sadly, though, his struggles began in the sixth inning.  After going up 0-2 against Delmon Young, Garza managed to walk the Oriole's leadoff batter.  Nick Markakis followed with a double to score Young from first.  Following a sacrifice bunt from Manny Machado, an Adam Jones sacrifice fly gave the Orioles their third run of the evening.

With Garza's struggles in the sixth, it seemed obvious that Ron Roenicke would go to the bullpen, but instead Roenicke opted to get Garza through another inning.  Garza started the inning with a leadoff walk to Nelson Cruz before J.J. Hardy lined out to center field for the first out.  An escape seemed possible with a sharply hit ground ball to shortstop, but Segura's toss to Rickie Weeks was well off the bag and the inning continued.

Again, it looked as though Roenicke would remove Garza as he went to the mound after the error, but decided to stick with Garza.  For a second time, it looked as Garza might escape after a Jonathan Schoop ground out for the second out, but alas it was not meant to be as Steve Pearce gave the Orioles a 6-5 lead on a three-run home run.

The Brewers threatened early in the eighth with a leadoff double from Lucroy.  Eventually, the Brewers were able to load the bases, but came up empty as Manny Machado made a play few other third basemen can make and robbed the Reynolds of a possible three-run double.

Lyle Overbay gave the Brewers a chance with a leadoff single to start the ninth inning and the Brewers took advantage.  Elian Herrera entered to pinch run for Overbay and was bunted over to second by Segura to give Braun and Lucroy a chance.  Braun didn't capitalize and it looked as though Lucroy wouldn't either as he chopped one down the third base line, but Machado's throw was off target and pulled Chris Davis off the base allowing the Brewers to score the tying run and force extra innings for the second straight day.

After blowing a save yesterday, the Brewers called Francisco Rodriguez on for the tenth inning and he delivered with a scoreless inning.  The bottom half of the inning looked pretty bleak for the Brewers as Gennett and Davis grounded out for the first two outs.  With two outs and the pitcher up next, Buck Showalter decided to walk Mark Reynolds to force Ron Roenicke to use a pitcher as a pinch hitter and Yovani Gallardo was that pitcher.  Gallardo worked a 2-0 count before getting the green light and driving a ball to deep left center field for a double off the wall that scored Reynolds from first and gave the Brewers an unlikely walkoff win.

Yovani Gallardo will have another chance to get a win tomorrow as he will take the mound for the first time since missing a start because of a left ankle sprain in Atlanta.  The Brewers will have a chance to win the series tomorrow night in their third and final game against the Orioles.  First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.

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