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Orioles Lose Franchise Record 108th Game

September 19, 2018 - 1:01 pm

By Joe Schiller

The Baltimore Orioles were in the driver’s seat for a win on Tuesday night through six innings but defensive blunders fueled a four-run inning for the Toronto Blue Jays in the seventh as they came away with a 6-4 win.

The loss marked the Orioles’ 108th defeat on the season, setting a franchise record for the most in team history.

Cedric Mullins’ leadoff home run jumped the O’s out to an early 1-0 lead over Estrada. Breyvic Valera added a sacrifice flyout in the fourth inning, which scored Trey Mancini. And a pair of throwing errors from Estrada and Billy McKinney scored Chris Davis from second in the same inning, extended the lead to 4-0.

A comfortable lead for Dylan Bundy was crucial and the starting pitcher took care of business on the mound. He allowed two earned runs in 6.2 innings pitched and the quality start should have been enough for a victory.

But beyond his control, the defense faltered.

Steve Wilkerson’s throwing error in the seventh scored two Blue Jays runners to tie the game at 4-4, setting up the game-winning runners on second and third base for Lourdes Gurriel Jr. He knocked a two-run RBI single off Paul Fry and it proved to be the difference.

Bundy earned his 15th loss on the season and in a game where the Orioles could grasp victory, it was taken away due to costly errors, dropping the team to 43-108 on the season.

While disappointments have been at the center stage of this season, the Orioles were also on the right side of sports history in a very special moment. The team wore uniforms with Braille lettering in honor of the National Federation of the Blind.

The series finale kicks off tonight with first pitch at 7:05 p.m. from Camden Yards. Jimmy Yacabonis will face Marco Estrada on the mound as the Orioles will look to avoid the three-game sweep.