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Hardy is waiting to end a game on home run

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Hardy is waiting to end a game on home run

BALTIMORE – For the first time in 17 years, the Orioles have ended consecutive games with home runs. They’ve done it a major league-leading five times this season.

Big home run hitters end games with home runs. Chris Davis did it on Saturday. Manny Machado concluded Friday’s game with a homer.

Matt Wieters has game-ending home runs in four straight years. Jonathan Schoop and David Lough, who was designated for assignment on Friday have the others.

Too early to be talking about September additions

Wieters has four in his career, Davis three, Machado and Adam Jones two each.

One Oriole who has never hit a game-ending home run is J.J. Hardy. Hardy has 174 lifetime home runs without winning a game with one, the fifth most among active players according to STATS.

Who has the most? It’s Mark Teixeira who has 394. Orioles tormentor Jose Bautista is next with 275 followed by former Oriole Mark Reynolds (234) and Bautista’s Toronto teammate Troy Tulowitzki (191).

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The most unbelievable catch of the Orioles' dismal season came in the team's final game

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The most unbelievable catch of the Orioles' dismal season came in the team's final game

It's not how you start, it's how you finish, and boy did Orioles right fielder Steve Wilkerson make sure the team went out with a bang against the Boston Red Sox.

Bottom of the eighth, game knotted at four, Jackie Bradley Jr. sent what seemed to be a moonshot to right field...

But what happens next is arguably the best catch of the entire MLB season. 

This catch by Wilkerson is nothing less than spectacular. Not only did he possess the focus to track the ball beyond the wall, but the athleticism to make the catch while almost tumbling over backwards into the crowd. 

This year may have been a huge let down for Baltimore, but here's to a bright spot heading into the offseason. 

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Orioles Roundup: Baltimore topples Blue Jays, 11-4

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Orioles Roundup: Baltimore topples Blue Jays, 11-4

The Orioles are now five games better than last season's woeful 47-115 record. While they continue to win meaningless games late in the season, their poor season won't go away. 

Player Notes:

Dylan Bundy gave up only two runs in seven innings pitched against the Blue Jays, bringing his season's ERA down to 4.79. 

Also, Trey Mancini went a perfect 5-5 in the Orioles win Tuesday night. He's now batting .373 against Toronto, hitting 25 of his 94 RBI this season against Toronto. Dwight Smith Jr. also impressed with a 3-4 showing, hitting a homer and three RBI of his own. 

Injuries: 

OF Mason Williams, knee, out indefinitely

RP Hunter Harvey, biceps, sidelined, day-to-day

RP Josh Rogers, elbow, 60-Day IL, out indefinitely 

SP Alex Cobb, back, 60-Day IL, 2020

Coming Up: 

Wednesday, Sept. 25: Orioles at Toronto, 7:07 p.m. at Rogers Centre

Thursday, Sept. 26: Orioles at Boston, 7:10 p.m. at Fenway Park

Friday, Sept. 27: Orioles at Boston, 1:05 p.m. at Fenway Park