Rookie left-hander Wei-Yin Chen, who entered the day having lost consecutive starts for just the second time this season, turned in his longest outing in more than two months, allowing just two runs and scattering eight hits over 7 1/3 innings with seven strikeouts and one walk.
That lead came on backup catcher Taylor Teagarden’s two-run double in the bottom of the seventhoff Rays reliever Wade Davis, which put the Orioles ahead 2-1.
The Rays answered in the eighth, when Ben Zobrist’s slow roller to third scored Desmond Jennings from third with one out, chasing Chen from the game. Chen had issued a leadoff walk to Jennings, who advanced to second on a passed ball and later stole third.
Darren O’Day relieved Chen and induced a flyout to center from Evan Longoria, then struck out Sam Fuld looking. O’Day has allowed just six of 38 inherited runners to score this season.
The Orioles managed just four hits off Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson, who didn’t allow a baserunner past second base in his five innings of work.
The O’s had their opportunities to break through against Hellickson, most notably in the fourth when they had runners on first and second with one out before Machado hit into a 4-3 double play. The Orioles also had two runners in scoring position against Joel Peralta in the eighth inning, but Machado and Mark Reynolds both struck out swinging to end the inning.
But for this team, it was just a matter of time.
“I was thinking in the dugout, ‘If we’re so good at [winning extra-inning games], why didn’t we do it in the 10th inning?’” Showalter deadpanned after the game.
“For us to have as many extra-inning wins as we do, it speaks a lot to the character of this team, but also the talent on this team,” Davis said. “We expect to win every night we go out. I think if you’re not expecting to win, you shouldn’t go out and play the game. We’ve been fortunate lately to have some things go our way, but we’re playing really good baseball.
Longest consective losing season streaks in MLB history
19: Pittsburgh Pirates, 1993-current
16: Philadelphia Phillies, 1933-48
15: Boston Red Sox, 1919-33
15: Philadelphia/Kansas City Athletics, 1953-67
14: Baltimore Orioles, 1998-2011
14: Philadelphia Phillies, 1918-31
14: Seattle Mariners, 1977-90
13: Philadelphia Athletics, 1934-46
12: Milwaukee Brewers, 1993-2004
12: Detroit Tigers, 1994-2005