Tom Gordon

Zach Britton's AL-record save streak ended by Athletics; closer will have MRI on knee

Zach Britton's AL-record save streak ended by Athletics; closer will have MRI on knee

As Zach Britton achieved one of the most efficient stretches of any closer in major league history, Orioles manager Buck Showalter constantly reminded those around him to take note because that level of dominance wouldn’t likely be seen again.

And while the closer’s season hasn’t nearly been as seamless as last year — he spent most of the first half on the disabled list with a left forearm strain — he still continued to add to his American League-record consecutive-saves streak.

But that streak ended Wednesday as Oakland Athletics outfielder Matt Joyce’s sacrifice fly to center field scored the game-tying run in the ninth inning, handing Britton his first blown save in...

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