The bases were loaded. Baltimore pitcher Wei-Yin Chen had his back to third base. He waited. And waited.
That's when Houston's Jonathan Villar took off for home plate.
With the Astros already up 2-0, the rookie took a big lead from third base and sprinted home. Villar was a few feet from the plate before Chen realized what was happening and threw the ball to catcher Matt Wieters. The ball ended up hitting Villar, who scored easily to give the Astros a 3-0 lead in the third inning.
Villar is the 1st Astros rookie to steal home since Craig Biggio on 7/13/89 vs. PHI.
— Houston Astros (@astros) July 31, 2013
"Sometimes, the pitcher, he never looks," Villar said after the game, per MLB.com. "He watches first base. On his first move, I did a fake and he didn't move. I said, 'OK, I'm going to steal.' I was watching the manager and checking his face. He said, 'You got it.'"
Unfortunately for the Astros, Villar's steal was the last run they scored and the O's went on to win 4-3 on Tuesday night.