Will the game remember Zach Britton for the 47 saves in 47 chances, the 0.54 ERA in 67 innings over 69 games, or his exclusion from the top three vote-getters for the American League Cy Young Award and the immediate — maybe long-term — shift in relief pitching philosophy that was the defining storyline of the playoffs after Showalter didn't use him?
The Orioles nearly survived one of the worst starts in the career of right-hander Chris Tillman, but they ultimately gave up a late run to lose, 9-8, to the Pittsburgh Pirates in a sloppy game that featured a combined 24 hits and 16 runners left on base.
The Orioles were an out away from making a clean getaway on Friday night when Red Sox pitcher Mark Melancon drilled O¿s second baseman Robert Andino in the side of the head with a pitch. Andino left the game and underwent concussion testing. He also was scheduled to undergo a CT scan after the game.
Miguel Gonzalez outpitched Orioles killer Jon Lester, allowing just two runs on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings, as the O¿s won their fifth straight, 4-2, in front of an announced sellout crowd of 37,731 at Fenway Park.