Chad Durbin

Orioles lose 9th straight game

Orioles lose 9th straight game

It's even starting to affect the usually reliable ones now, the Orioles' run of horrid pitching that continues to sink their season to embarrassing levels.

Jake Arrieta, once considered one of the few young players to make strides this season, now can't keep the ball in the strike zone or pitch deep enough into the game to get a win. Jim Johnson, perhaps the Orioles' best pitcher for the first three months, suddenly can't put up a shutout inning or protect either a lead or a tie.

It has become an epidemic, and the Orioles appear powerless to stop it. There is no end in sight to their season-worst losing streak, which reached nine games Friday night with a 6-5 loss to the...