Matt Joyce

After blowing five-run lead, Orioles top A's, 8-7, on Machado's walk-off homer in 12th inning

After blowing five-run lead, Orioles top A's, 8-7, on Machado's walk-off homer in 12th inning

It took most of the month, but the Orioles finally held on to win a series after taking the first game in each of their series openers in August.

The O’s defeated the Oakland Athletics, 8-7, on Manny Machado’s walk-off home run in the 12th inning Wednesday afternoon before 20,072, ending a string of four series that began with a victory and ended with a series loss or — in one case — a four-game split.

But it wasn’t exactly cause for celebration. The Orioles blew a big lead to cost starter Dylan Bundy a win and closer Zach Britton blew a save for the first time since Sept. 20, 2015 — ending his American League-record string of 60 successful conversions.