The Baltimore Orioles defeated the Los Angeles Angels by a 10-6 final (GameTracker) on Wednesday night, snapping a 19-game losing streak and securing their first victory since August 2. The Orioles had been two losses away from tying the record for the most losses in a row since 1900.
The Orioles staked out an early 2-0 lead against Shohei Ohtani thanks to solo home runs by Cedric Mullins and Anthony Santander. Baltimore's lead didn't last for long, with the Angels tying the game in the second inning and taking over in the fourth. Yet the Orioles stormed back with a five-run eighth that turned a 6-5 Angels lead into a 10-6 Orioles advantage.
Baltimore's lineup did most of its damage against the Angels bullpen. Ramón Urias and Kelvin Gutiérrez drew back-to-back bases loaded walks to tie then pull the Orioles ahead. Austin Hays then doubled to give Baltimore a 9-6 advantage. Mullins then notched his third run batted in of the evening with a sacrifice fly to put the Orioles up by a 10-6 margin.
It's worth noting that the Orioles' bullpen held strong after a shaky start to the night. Chris Ellis, recently claimed off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays, gave up three runs in three innings. Reliever Marcos Diplán then yielded three more runs without recording a hit. From there, Baltimore had five pitchers combined to throw six shutout innings, including Conner Greene and Dillon Tate, each of whom notched more than four outs on the evening.
The Orioles had been just two games away from tying the longest losing streak in Major League Baseball history (or, at least, since 1900). Here's a look at all the teams who have dropped at least 19 consecutive games.
- 23 games - 1961 Phillies (July 29-Aug. 20)
- 21 games - 1988 Orioles (April 4-April 28)
- 20 games - 1906 Red Sox (May 1-May 24)
- 20 games - 1916 A's (July 21-Aug. 8)
- 20 games - 1943 A's (Aug. 7-Aug. 24)
- 20 games - 1969 Expos (May 13-June 7)
- 19 games - 1906 Braves (May 17-June 8)
- 19 games - 1914 Reds (Sept. 6-Sept. 23)
- 19 games - 1975 Tigers (July 29-Aug. 15)
- 19 games - 2005 Royals (July 28-Aug. 19)
- 19 games - 2021 Orioles (Aug. 3-present)
Coming into Wednesday night, the Orioles had been outscored during their 19-game losing streak by a 163-55 margin, or by 108 runs. (That's more than five runs per contest, for those unwilling to break out a calculator.) Ten of those 19 losses had been by at least five runs.