Orioles manager Buck Showalter nearly gave Matt Wieters a day off for the team's series finale against the Washington Nationals at Camden Yards. But given the switch-hitting catcher's success against left-handed pitching this season — and the need to find any advantage possible to provide the lineup an offensive spark — Wieters found himself in the cleanup spot on Sunday afternoon.

For seven innings, the Orioles dug themselves deeper into an offensive abyss, running their slump with runners in scoring position to 1-for-33. But with one swing, Wieters turned the Orioles' fortunes — and the outcome of the series with the interleague rival Nats — in their favor.

Wieters' eighth-inning, two-run homer — his first in three weeks — not only led the Orioles to a 2-1 comeback win, but it allowed them a collective sigh of relief.