BALTIMORE—Oriole outfielder Anthony Santander is fluent in English but conducts his interviews through translator Brandon Quinones. He listens to the questions, then responds in Spanish.
After he hit a three-run, walk-off home run to give the Orioles a 9-6 win over New York Yankees before an announced crowd of 23,819 at Camden Yards on Thursday, Santander was asked what the feeling was like as he rounded the bases and saw his teammates waiting to great him with a Gatorade shower.
“Amazing!” he responded in English with a big smile. The word fit the victory for the Orioles, who twice overcame two-run deficits and then gave away a 6-5 lead in the ninth when closer Jorge López struggled. The frustration gave way to jubilation when Santander crushed the first pitch he saw from Yankee reliever Lucas Luetge over the left-field fence for his game-winning home run, his seventh of the season. It ended a six-game losing streak for the Orioles.
“It feels incredible to finally have my first walk-off and obviously I dedicate it to my parents who have been with me, supporting me the whole way through since I was a little kid,” Santander said through his translator, Quinones.
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