BALTIMORE -- Manager Dave Trembley was shocked and thankful for Tuesday night's surprising victory, but he wasn't at a loss for words. Baltimore's manager called the 10-9 win the best he's ever been a part of immediately after the game, and he expounded on that emotion in the hours before Wednesday's series finale against the Yankees.
"There could be a bounce effect either way," he said, referencing the hangover an adrenaline-fueled win can leave behind it. "You'd like to think it will be in your favor, especially when you realize what's at stake here playing the third game against the Yankees. ... If anything, you should feel pretty good about yourself, and you should welcome the challenge."
Baltimore battled back from two four-run deficits on Tuesday night, and they overcame a career-worst outing by southpaw starter Brian Burres. The Orioles worked back into the game on the strength of five home runs and didn't earn their first lead until the 11th inning, when Alex Cintron poked a deep single over the heads of a drawn-in outfield.
"That's the kind of stuff that happens in low A-ball," said Trembley. "That was unimaginable what happened last night -- in the big leagues and against the New York Yankees? That's pretty special. You root for your guys. It was fun. You remember it for a long time. It kind of allows you to wake up this morning, and the cup of coffee tastes a little bit better."
New York took a 4-0 lead in the second inning and an 8-4 lead in the fourth, but Baltimore refused to let the game get out of hand. The Orioles tied the game in the bottom of the second and then again in the fifth before settling in for an extended staring match. Even then, the O's overcame several situations that may have crushed them under other circumstances.
Perhaps the game's true breaking point came in the 11th inning, when Baltimore escaped a bases-loaded and no-out jam. The Orioles nearly avoided any damage at all on a hard-hit 4-2-5 double play, but the Yankees scratched out one run and then yielded to the home team's quest for a game-winning rally. One day later, the feeling hasn't subsided.
"We never quit -- that was the best thing for me," Trembley said. "You don't take credit for that, but you feel like someone's listening. You feel like the message and the attitude and the approach and the philosophy and the foundation [are being maintained]. ... Last night was the epitome of that. That's what made it unbelievable."
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.