The greatest O's comeback ever (updated)
The Orioles were surprisingly subdued in the clubhouse after their incredible 11-10 comeback victory over the Red Sox, some of them unaware that the nine-run comeback was the largest in the 55-year history of the franchise.
"It was great,'' said Nick Markakis, who hit the game-winning two-run double in the eighth inning. "Everybody was doing everything a team should do in a situation like that."
Most notably Markakis, in a classic at-bat against premier closer Jonathan Papelbon.
"Against a guy like that, who's one of the best closers in the game right now, you just try to relax and hit the ball where it's pitched,'' Markakis said. "I got a good swing and we got two runs in there."
Dave Trembley didn't hide his delight with the performance of his team, which has come under criticism at times for not displaying enough focus and intensity.
"That was probably the best game I've ever been involved in,'' he said. "When they talk about playing all 27 outs, that's 27 outs. Pretty impressive, wasn't it?"
Dave's favorite moment?
"(Oscar) Salazar coming off the bench and hitting a three-run home run,'' Trembley said. "Tremendous fight. Tremendous resolve. It has got to mean the world to these guys and rightfully so. They (the Red Sox) threw their best out there, one after another. It was the shootout at the OK Corral except it was Camden Yards."
Red sox starter John Smoltz, who has been around the game awhile and probably is headed for the Hall of Fame, summed it up pretty well afterward.
"It's just one of those games,'' he said, "you shake your head and you can't believe what you just saw."
Red Sox manager Terry Francona tipped his cap to the Orioles offense, which just wouldn't be denied.
"We just had no answer,'' he said. "We went through just about everbody. There were balls everywhere. That was as bad as we've seen."
Adam Jones update: Jones, who was shaken up crashing the fence in pursuit of Kevin Youkilis's first-inning home run, was removed from the game when he complained of a headache. He was examined by the team physician and it was determined that no CT scan would be necessary. His status for tomorrow's game is undetermined.