Baltimore Orioles Daily: Late rally can’t save Birds from 8th straight road loss
By Sam Belden
The Baltimore Orioles scored five runs in the ninth inning, but it wasn’t enough to down the Halos.
The Baltimore Orioles struggled to get on base against the Los Angeles Angels for most of Wednesday night. Then the ninth inning happened.
Trailing by eight runs with just three outs to burn, the Birds authored one of their most thrilling rallies of the year. Angels reliever Eduardo Paredes kicked off the inning by giving up three straight singles, the last of which scored Danny Valencia from second base. Then Anthony Santander walked to load the bases, and Jace Peterson hit a line-hugging triple to clear them again. All of a sudden, the score was 10-6.
Take a look at Peterson’s huge hit:
The next at bat saw Trey Mancini send Peterson home with a sacrifice fly, making it 10-7, but that was as far as Baltimore got. Jim Johnson, the former Orioles closer, entered the game for Paredes and made short work of Manny Machado and Adam Jones, handing the Birds their eighth straight road loss.
Even when they produce, the Orioles just can’t catch a break this year. That offensive explosion would have been enough to win most games, but Dylan Bundy’s seven-run outing was too much to overcome. The Birds are now 8-22 on the season, 14 games behind the Red Sox in the AL East.
On Thursday, they’ll play to avoid a sweep. Until then, here’s what you may have missed yesterday.
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