Orioles closer Jim Johnson hadn't blown a save in exactly a month, had converted 12 consecutive save opportunities and had allowed just one run in his previous 14 outings before he took the ball with a one-run lead in the ninth Wednesday.
His rough stretch in May seemed to be becoming a distant memory.
All that goodwill, though, disappeared quickly on Wednesday night when Johnson started the ninth with a four-pitch walk, allowed a double on his fifth pitch and then allowed successive RBI groundouts in a 4-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians that spoiled a potential Orioles' comeback and a strong outing by starter Jason Hammel.
“I came real close to keeping it tied. But...