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Orioles closer Zach Britton's first save of 2017 wasn't pretty, but he still converted his 50th straight opportunity

Orioles closer Zach Britton's first save of 2017 wasn't pretty, but he still converted his 50th straight opportunity

Orioles closer Zach Britton converted his first save opportunity of this young season with a scoreless ninth inning in Wednesday’s 3-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays, but he needed 24 pitches to do it, loading the bases before inducing a game-ending double-play ball from former teammate Steve Pearce.

Britton’s 50th straight converted save – a streak that dates back to Sept. 20, 2015 – wasn’t his prettiest, as he allowed two quick hits and a walk. But it did give Britton the fifth longest all-time consecutive save streak, trailing only Eric Gagne (84), Tom Gordon (54), Jeurys Familia (52) and Jose Valverde (51).   

“I like the fact that he found a way to get it done,”...

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