Jays deep-six Brit­ton in ninth

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Baltimore Sun - - SPORTS - By Ed­uardo A. Encina

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.

“We did some good things, just not

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