The sight of Matt Wieters' home-run trot ending in a frenetic pile at home plate conjured memories of the 16 straight extra-inning wins the Orioles orchestrated last season.

But Thursday night's 10-inning 10-6 win over the Tampa Bay Rays — which ended with the Orioles' first walk-off grand slam in 14 years — deserves its own spot in Orioles lore.

The Orioles' first extra-inning game of 2013 came nearly a year to the date that Wieters hit a grand slam to help the Orioles to their first extra-inning win last season, a 10-4 win against the White Sox in Chicago last April 16. His blast Thursday was the Orioles' first walk-off grand slam since Harold Baines' on May 4, 1999 against the White Sox.

“Any time you get a get a walk-off and get to celebrate with your teammates, it's a good day,” Wieters said. “It's a big game. They are all big games, but any time after a loss you're able to come back and get a win the next day just to sort of try and get the momentum back going on your side, I feel it's a big game.”

The win gave the Orioles (8-7) their second series victory against the Rays this season — they also took two of three in the season-opening series at Tropicana Field — and three series wins in four early-season American League East matchups.

The victory also extended the Orioles' club-record streak of 98 consecutive regular-season wins when leading after the completion of the seventh inning, the second-longest for any club since 1961, trailing only the New York Yankees' streak of 116 in 1998 and '99.

For a club hovering around the .500 mark for most of this young season, it was a much needed win.

“It was huge for us,” said third baseman Manny Machado, who had a key bunt single in the 10th. “We've been battling pretty good the last couple of weeks, and this was a big win to get us going.”

After Nick Markakis opened Thursday's 10th inning with a single, Machado dropped a bunt that that hugged the first-base line for a base hit. Adam Jones hit a long single off the right-field wall to set the stage for Wieters, who took Brandon Gomes deep.

“Text book way to win a game is the bunt Manny put down,” manager Buck Showalter said. “I think about that as development — all the people in the farm system who don't let him not be good at that. Everybody thinks he's got a chance to be a run producer. That's something that, it's not their fault, it's our fault if they don't come up here with that.”

With the bases loaded and no outs, the Rays played with a five-man infield, so Wieters had wide gaps in the outfield and really just needed a fly ball to score the winning run.

“It's something to where your job is still to hit the ball to the outfield, whether they have four or one infielder on the infield,” Wieters said. “Your job is to hit the ball into the outfield, whether it's a sacrifice fly or you get something to fall in.”