The Orioles have left themselves with little margin for error over the regular season’s final three weeks.
This time of the year, every loss is more costly, and every mistake is magnified, and in Monday night’s series opener in Toronto, the Orioles’ blooper-riddled game helped do them in.
The Orioles weren’t really beaten by the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre, more sore giving a win away in a 4-3 loss at the Rogers Centre.
The one-run loss — their fifth straight overall and third straight decided by three runs or fewer — was magnified by an error-filled second inning that set the tone for a frustrating defeat.
With the loss, the Orioles (71-73) fell to 3 1/2 games behind the Minnesota Twins for the second American League wild-card spot --- five teams ahead of them for that spot with 18 games to go — while dropping to two games under .500 for the first time since Aug. 26.