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Orioles Lose Sixth Straight As Zach Britton Allows Two Late Runs

September 13, 2017
As the season slips away from the Orioles, the defeats become more painful. 

After seizing a one-run lead on shortstop Tim Beckham's eighth-inning home run, Zach Britton showed again that he's not infallible.
The Orioles' closer, whose American League record 60 consecutive converted save streak ended Aug. 23, blew his second save of the season, allowing two runs in the ninth during a 3-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.
It was the Orioles' sixth straight loss, and their record falls to 71-74. They have just 17 games remaining and trail Minnesota by 4.5 games for the second wild card.
The Orioles' 10-game road trip to Cleveland, Toronto and New York looked difficult when it began, but they have lost the first five games and watched their road record fall to 27-44.
Against the Blue Jays, the Orioles' bats were again quiet. They had just six hits for the second straight game, and in the six losses have scored just 10 runs.
Their season-high losing streak was seven from May 21-28.
Perhaps one positive was that the Orioles struck out just four times, but first baseman Chris Davis was responsible for three of them.
For the third time in the last four games, the Orioles didn't draw a walk.
Right-hander Dylan Bundy turned in a solid start, allowing one run in six innings, though he was helped by solid outfield defense. Bundy struck out eight.
Beckham's home run was his ninth since joining the Orioles Aug. 1. It was the team's 220th of the season.
Britton has been used irregularly because there haven't been many save opportunities recently. He had two saves since his streak ended and had pitched four times in September. The Orioles hadn't had a save opportunity since Aug. 30 -- Britton's last save.
Davis has now struck out 174 times, and despite missing a month with an oblique injury, is on pace to strike out 200 times if he plays in each of the team's final 17 games.
The season is beginning to resemble 2015, when the Orioles had to win their final five games to finish at .500.
While the postseason seems like a dream now, the Orioles will try to finish above .500, which would represent their sixth straight non-losing season.
NOTES: OF Craig Gentry was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list. Gentry, who broke his right middle finger Sept. 1, will be limited to pinch-running. The Orioles don't have anyone on the DL. … C Welington Castillo told reporters in Toronto that he was sore after getting hit in the groin, but the injury wasn't as severe as the one that sent him to the disabled list earlier in the season. … RHP Kevin Gausman (10-10, 4.99) will face RHP Marcus Stroman (11-7, 3.18) Sept. 13.

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