Jays deep-six Britton in ninth
TORONTO — The Orioles’ playoff hopes took another big hit Tuesday night in Toronto, as a game that was nearly scripted as one of the team’s grittiest wins of the season, quickly took a tumultuous turn with closer Zach Britton on the mound.
Fewer situations could have made manager Buck Showalter feel more confident than handing a one-run lead to Britton, whose American League-record 50-game save streak gave the Orioles a sense of security that the closer could wriggle his way out of any mess. Instead, the Orioles walked off the field 3-2 losers after shortstop Richard Ureña hit a game-winning RBI single over Britton’s head and into center field to send the Orioles to their sixth straight loss.
With the loss, the Orioles (71-74) fell to three games below .500 for the first time since Aug. 23, and they weren’t able to take advantage of one of the team’s most tenacious starting pitching performances of the season from right-hander Dylan Bundy, who despite holding the Blue Jays to one run over six innings, recorded his final out of the night down1-0. And despite being held scoreless for the first six innings by Toronto right-hander Joe Biagini, the Orioles rallied in the late innings, capped by shortstop Tim Beckham’s solo home run off Biagini in the eighth to give them a 2-1 lead.
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