MLB betting: A .219 hitter's 9th-inning home run won a 10-team parlay worth $72K

Sam Cooper
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It’s always fun to assemble a big parlay that is a complete long shot to make you any money. Once in a while, though, that long shot actually comes to fruition.

On Tuesday, it happened for one BetMGM customer in Michigan who put down $84 on a 10-team MLB parlay. The parlay involved four moneyline bets — including three underdogs — and six bets on the run total.

All 10 hit, and the bettor won a whopping $72,286.

Here’s what it looked like:

  • Detroit Tigers (+110) vs. Minnesota Twins

  • St. Louis Cardinals (+100) at Miami Marlins

  • Boston Red Sox (+125) vs. Tampa Bay Rays

  • Milwaukee Brewers (-110) at Chicago Cubs

  • Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals over 7.5 

  • Houston Astros at Los Angeles Angels under 9 

  • Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees over 8.5 

  • Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds over 9 

  • New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies over 9 

  • Toronto Blue Jays at Texas Rangers over 9.5 

Extra-inning drama in Detroit, Boston

Of the four moneyline bets in the parlay, only the Brewers’ 4-0 win over the Cubs came and went without drama. In fact, the parlay was almost doomed from the start.

The Tigers and Twins went to extra innings with the score tied 3-3, but Detroit walked it off thanks to another clutch hit from Akil Baddoo, who has been on fire to open his first season in the big leagues. Baddoo ripped a single to right field to score Willi Castro and give the Tigers a 4-3 win.

There was more extra-inning drama in Boston. The Red Sox needed a solo home run from Christian Vazquez in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings. The Rays then went ahead in the top of the 11th, only for the Sox to tie it in the bottom of the frame. Tampa Bay then went ahead again, this time 5-4, in the top of the 12th. In the bottom of the 12th, though, J.D. Martinez came through with a two-out, two-run double to give Boston a walk-off win, 6-5.

Down in Miami, the Cardinals trailed 2-0 entering the sixth inning but surged ahead with three runs in the top of the sixth and then added an insurance run in the ninth via a Dylan Carlson home run to pull out a 4-2 victory.

What about the six over/under bets?

Three of the over/under bets cashed comfortably. The Braves and Nationals went over 7.5 by the third inning, only six runs were scored in the Astros-Angels game and the Reds hit the over themselves by posting 14 runs in a blowout win over the Pirates.

Three of the others, though, came down to the wire.

The total in the Yankees-Orioles game was 8.5 runs, and the bettor had the over. With Gerrit Cole on the mound for New York, the Orioles struggled mightily on offense. Cole pitched seven shutout innings, and the Yankees held a comfortable 4-0 lead by the time he exited the ballgame.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Yankees tacked on three more runs, thanks to a moon shot home run from Aaron Judge. That extended the lead to 7-0, but things were still looking shaky for the over to come through.

Baltimore’s first two hitters were retired in the top of the ninth, but Ryan Mountcastle kept hope alive with a base hit. The next batter was Rio Ruiz, a lifetime .219 hitter. He worked the count to 3-1 and was rewarded with a fastball over the heart of the plate. He got under it a bit, but managed to deposit a two-run homer into the short porch in right.

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It was a home run that had no effect on the outcome of the game (the Yankees won 7-2), but it hit the over and kept this bettor’s parlay alive.

It took all nine innings for the over to hit in the Phillies-Mets game as well.

It was a pitchers' duel early on as the Mets took a 2-1 lead into the seventh inning. That’s when the wheels fell off for Phillies reliever Vince Velasquez. Velasquez struck out the side in the sixth, but walked four Mets in the seventh, allowing New York to add four runs to itsI lead. All of a sudden, going over nine runs seemed feasible.

And when the Phillies made it 6-2 in the bottom of the seventh, the bettor was right on the doorstep of keeping the parlay alive. In the ninth, it was a two-out, two-run home run from Mets slugger Pete Alonso that eventually did push the game over the total. The Phillies would add two more in the bottom of the frame to make the final score 8-4.

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The 10th leg of the parlay hit out in Texas in the top of the eighth inning when the Blue Jays’ Bo Bichette hit a solo home run to cut the Rangers’ lead to 6-4 and go over the nine runs.

That’s how one bettor managed to miraculously turn $84 into $72,286.

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