If there was any lesson within the Orioles’ unsettling 6-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night, it was the damage that late-inning walks in close games can cause.
The Orioles bullpen was stung not once but twice, by walks in the ninth and 10th innings that led to trouble.
Before the free passes, Brad Brach was making the ninth inning look easy, well on his way to his 16th save of the season as the Orioles’ interim closer.
Brach needed just eight pitches to record the first two outs of the inning, but then his outing quickly unraveled as the Orioles bullpen took one on the chin.
Brach was one strike away from a 1-2-3 inning in...