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Surging Orioles run out of time; Top Angels for 11th straight win, but are eliminated from race

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Orioles won their 11th consecutive game last night. For a reward, they were officially removed from postseason consideration.

Two months ago, their dramatic 5-4 win over the Anaheim Angels would've been reason for celebration as a possible turnaround. Instead, pinch hitter Derrick May's two-run homer off Angels closer Troy Percival only extended the Orioles' longest win streak since July 12-25, 1987.

The win included three more hits from third baseman Cal Ripken, who closed within 10 of 3,000, and the first major-league win for rookie Gabe Molina, a significant moment for a journeyman who began the season in Monterrey, Mexico.

The 72-76 Orioles are...