The Washington Post Sunday

After losing no-hitter, Baltimore implodes



baltimore — With only seven innings scheduled and six completed in breezy fashion with no hits allowed, Baltimore Orioles rookie left-hander Keegan Akin was well on his way to a quick and memorable, albeit unofficial, no-hitter.

Just as quickly to begin the seventh, he lost his bid — and the game along with it.

Leading 1-0 thanks to a home run by Cedric Mullins in the third inning, Akin allowed a single to Vladimir Guerrero Jr. on his first pitch of the seventh inning and a go-ahead home run to Bo Bichette four pitches later.

That reversal of fortunes set off another incredible meltdown for the Orioles, who went from needing just three outs for a no-hitter to losing 11-2 and being swept in Saturday’s doublehead­er by the Toronto Blue Jays before 10,219 at Camden Yards.

In each game, the Orioles (46-96) lost a lead in Toronto’s half of the final inning — 11-10 in the first game after entering the seventh with a 10-7 lead. This one featured far less offense, at least until the end. Akin was mostly responsibl­e for that.

He ran the count full to George Springer to lead off the game then retired the next 15 Blue Jays he faced until Randal Grichuk walked to begin the sixth.

Beginning with Guerrero’s single, Toronto had six straight hits in a seventh inning in which it sent 16 batters to the plate and scored 11 runs on 11 hits. Struggling left-hander Tanner Scott retired one batter and allowed six runs on six hits, with Marcus Semien hitting a home run off him as well.

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