Orioles closer Zach Britton set an American League record for consecutive converted save opportunities with a scoreless ninth inning in Sunday’s 9-7 win over the Houston Astros.
Britton’s 55th consecutive save, which eclipsed Tom Gordon’s mark set in 1998 and 1999, was his first since April 14. He had been out until July 5 with a left forearm strain but was dominant Sunday in his first save opportunity in more than 14 weeks.
Britton struck out the first two batters he faced, including getting Yuli Gurriel after falling behind him 3-0, and worked around a two-out walk to Marwin González to retire the middle of a dangerous lineup.
“It's so hard to simulate that type...