Former Nevada Wolf Pack outfielder Chris Dickerson hit a three-run game-winning home run Friday night to carry the Baltimore Orioles to a 7-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers in Baltimore.
Dickerson drilled a 2-1 pitch from Tigers’ closer Jose Valverde into the right field seats for his walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning.
The Tigers and Valverde had taken a 5-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth. The Orioles’ ninth-inning rally against Valverde started with a solo home run by Nick Markakis, cutting the Tigers lead to 5-4. Adam Jones and Chris Davis then singled to put the tying and winning runs on base with no outs.
Valverde, though, retired Matt Wieters and J.J. Hardy as the Tigers still led 5-4 with two outs, Dickerson, though, then came up to the plate and ended the game on Valverde’s fourth pitch.
The home run is Dickerson’s fourth of the season. He now also had 11 RBI and is hitting .333 (15-for-45) this season in a part-time role. It was also Dickerson’s first home run since he hit two in one game against the New York Yankees on May 21.
Dickerson’s had gone 1-for-12 since hitting his two home runs against the Yankees before connecting against Valverde. He was also 0-for-3 on Friday with two strikeouts before the ninth inning.
Dickerson played three (2001-03) season for the Wolf Pack. He was 137-for-479 at Nevada (.286) with 25 career doubles, six triples, 17 home runs, 91 RBI and 15 stolen bases.