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akoiki-passport2 – by Adesina O. Koiki
A Lot of Sports Talk editor-in-chief

BALTIMORE — Heston Kjerstad came to bat in the fifth inning on Saturday night’s game in a situation that dreams are made of: bases loaded, his team down, and fans at full throat cheering him on and hoping for a big hit.

The reality proved to be even better than the dream.

Kjerstad fourth career home run gave the Orioles the lead in dramatic fashion, as his two-out grand slam propelled the Orioles to a 6-5 victory over the Texas Rangers, Baltimore’s fourth consecutive victory.

“Close game. Sold-out stadium. Bases loaded. Those are the moments you want to be part of,” said Kjerstad, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 draft. “Anytime you can come through for the team and put runs on the board for our pitchers and help win a game, that’s huge. Big time.”

*Editor’s note: Above the byline is the photo gallery from Friday evening’s game, with photos taken by DC-area photographer Michael R. Smith. After clicking on a photo to enlarge the picture, press the left and right arrow buttons on either side of the caption to scroll through the rest of the pictures that appear on the first page, Also, click on the numbers and/or arrow appearing immediately below the picture grid to load the next set of photos. There are 15 pictures in total.

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