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For a season in which the Orioles have long been considered prohibitive favorites to finish with the worst record in baseball, they sure are breaking a lot of MLB records.

First, they beat the Indians by the same score, 13-0, in back-to-back games at the end of June. It was the *first time in Major League Baseball history* a team had ever shutout its opponent while scoring at least 13 runs in consecutive games.

Then, to cap off Thursday’s 16-inning marathon in Los Angeles, outfielder Stevie Wilkerson became the *first position player in Major League Baseball history* to ever record a save, capping off the win with a clean, 14-pitch inning in which he never topped 60 mph.

Now, the Orioles have become the *first team in Major League Baseball history* to hit multiple home runs in at least 10 straight games, reaching the mark in Saturday’s game, also against the Angels.

Noticing a pattern here?

The latest record-breaker comes amidst an unprecedented hot stretch for the 2019 Orioles. They’ve won seven of the 10 games spanning the home run streak, and all of a sudden have “fallen behind” the Detroit Tigers in the race for the top pick in the 2020 MLB Draft.

Interestingly, the old record of nine consecutive games with multiple home runs has now been reached six times in baseball history, including the active Orioles run, and three of those six streaks have come from Baltimore.

As unique as it is for a team to make MLB history three times in fewer than 25 games, it’s important to remember this is still a lost season in Baltimore. The Orioles are still in the middle of a long rebuilding process, and that won’t change this year or next.

Still, it’s fun to watch something that’s literally never happened before, and it’s even more fun when it comes from such an unexpected source. And it’s worth pointing out how hard the roster continues to play under the tutelage of Brandon Hyde, who has already won more road games in 2019 than the Orioles did in all of 2018. 

There will be a lot more losing than winning in the coming years, but little quirks like these make rebuilding seasons a bit more tolerable for O’s fans. It’s a whole lot more fun seeing history made for positive reasons rather than negative.

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