MLB: Baltimore 5, Cincinnati 4 (12 inn.)

June 24, 2011 at 11:43 PM   |   Comments

BALTIMORE, June 24 (UPI) -- Derrek Lee hit a leadoff homer in the 12th inning off Jose Arredondo Friday to give Baltimore a 5-4 victory over Cincinnati.

The game had been tied since the sixth, when the Reds completed a comeback from a four-run deficit. That rally began with a three-run fifth that included a two-run double by Brandon Phillips.

Arredondo (0-3) gave up a double to J.J. Hardy to open the 11th but worked out of that inning and was sent out again in the 12th.

Lee quickly ended things by sending a 1-2 pitch over the wall in left for his fifth homer of the season. That made a winner out of Mike Gonzalez (1-1), who picked up his 16th victory in a nine-year career.

Gonzalez almost gave up the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th but Joey Votto ended the inning when he was thrown out at home trying to score from first on a double by Jay Bruce.

Baltimore's Adam Jones hit a homer in the third while the Orioles were building a 4-0 lead.

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