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Orioles finally lose a game when leading after seven

May 18, 2013, 11:55 PM EDT

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It was not a matter of “if”, but “when”. All good things must come to an end. And other cliches. Today, the Orioles finally lost a game when leading after seven innings for the first time in 110 games, per ESPN Stats & Info.

The Orioles led 6-4 over the Rays heading into the ninth. Closer Jim Johnson had his 35-game consecutive save streak end on Tuesday, when the Padres scored two runs in the top of the ninth to eke out a 3-2 victory. Johnson once again did not have his stuff today, as he would be shellacked for five runs on two walks and three hits (including a Kelly Johnson solo home run) as the Rays hung a six-spot in the ninth en route to a 10-6 win, ending the Orioles’ illustrious streak.

The loss is the fourth in a row and the sixth in eight games for the slumping O’s. With the Yankees winning again, they drop to 3.5 games out of first in the AL East.

  1. buffalo65 - May 19, 2013 at 5:34 AM

    They are what we thought they were.

  2. pensfan603 - May 19, 2013 at 6:56 AM

    johnson blew his second straight game.

  3. philswfc08 - May 19, 2013 at 7:01 AM

    Orioles magic, feel the luck run out!

  4. scoobies05 - May 19, 2013 at 7:12 AM

    its called a slump. all teams have them. check back in october

  5. watermelon1 - May 19, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    While this particular game is then result of another blown save, you get the feeling that what this team really lacks is that one name-brand player. They need a star before they become a team everyone actually takes seriously or “fears.”

    Whether that be an ace pitcher or a slugger… I don’t think it matters. They just need that star to lead this team of all-around “pretty good” players.

    • oriolesforlife - May 19, 2013 at 10:52 AM

      Maybe if we had traded the farm for former all-stars like the Blue Jays did we’d be better off. Or if we had paid huge money to hitters like the Angels. Then we wouldn’t have lost 4 straight.

      • manchestermiracle - May 19, 2013 at 7:58 PM

        Or you could opt for the highest payroll in the game while occupying the division cellar. In other words, being a Dodgers fan.

  6. cj685 - May 19, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    That’s a very misleading B.S. stat. It sounds like that never lost for a long time at the end of a game. Just last Tuesday, the Orioles lost a game after leading after 8 innings.

    • jwbiii - May 19, 2013 at 12:01 PM

      Yes, this is a BS “stat.” But after 7, the score was tied. They’ve been tied after 7 and eventually lost the game four times this season.

  7. tombstoned - May 19, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Dude, this is like the 3rd game they’ve lost in the past couple weeks when leading after 7 innings. This is BS story.

  8. beachnbaseball - May 19, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    The O’s are slowly returning to their usual level of suckitude. The “magic” was a con game.

  9. scoobies05 - May 19, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    this team can hit and close out games. they have starters on the dl with one due back on tuesday. while having a superstar would be nice what they do have is a core of very good players in their 20’s(weiters,davis,jones,machado,markakis,tillman,johnson) as good as any in the game. dodgers and angels have many stars and are not good teams

  10. ravensallday2012 - May 19, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Orioles just need an ace. 1 big time pitcher because they can score runs as good as anyone

  11. pdowdy83 - May 19, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    That stat is pretty odd. Tuesday’s game didn’t count since they were tied after the 7th inning, even though they took the lead in the 8th and Johnson blew the save in the 9th? It seems like the stat is a bit of a reach. Kind of like how people used to track game winning RBIs even though the game winning RBI could have come in the 1st inning.

  12. 11thstreetmafia - May 19, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    This just goes to show you how extremely overrated Mariano Rivera is.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - May 19, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      Pray tell, how does this make sense?

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