The Orioles entered Friday night’s series opener against the Oakland A's with a 41-0 record when leading after eight innings.
Their 14-9 loss changed that, as All-Star closer Jim Johnson gave up six runs in the ninth, the most in his major league career as a reliever.
“An anomaly,” Johnson later called it.
Friday night’s four-hour game included five lead changes and 10 combined relievers, as the American League’s top two bullpens were stretched to the limit. And twice the Orioles rallied to take the lead, only to allow an A’s comeback the next half inning.
But the A’s are playing better than most teams. Winners of 12 of their last 14 games, they have already...