For 19 straight games, the Orioles showed up to the ballpark hoping for a win only for their opponent to best them.
The streak began Aug. 3 and threatened to extend another day Wednesday when the Los Angeles Angels jumped ahead 6-2 in the fourth. But the Orioles clawed back in it and emerged with their first victory in over three weeks by pulling out a 10-6 win that prevented them from becoming the seventh team in MLB history to lose 20 straight games.
In a game started by two-way Angels phenom Shohei Ohtani, the story of the contest was a disastrous eighth inning for the Halos’ bullpen. Los Angeles had already allowed its 6-2 advantage to shrink to 6-5. Reliever Jake Petricka, pitching in MLB for the first time in two years, loaded the bases and walked in a pair of runs to give the Orioles the lead. Two relievers later, the Angels had allowed three more on an Austin Hays double and Cedric Mullins sacrifice fly.
Baltimore held on for the win, ending its historic streak at 19 consecutive losses in front of a lively Camden Yards crowd that was announced at 15,867 — its fifth-highest total since the ballpark opened at full capacity June 1. The streak isn’t the longest in franchise history. That belongs to the 1988 Orioles, who lost 21 straight to come two short of the all-time record.
With the win, the Orioles moved to 39-86 on the season. Their record stands as the worst in baseball, putting them two and a half games “ahead” of the Arizona Diamondbacks for the rights to the No. 1 overall pick in next summer’s MLB Draft. They will finish this season with a losing record for the fifth-straight year.