Just as it seemed as if one big swing in the eighth inning from beleaguered first baseman Chris Davis had erased the sting of a letdown start from Alex Cobb, closer Zach Britton allowed a rare home run to level the game at seven in the ninth.
The pending return of third baseman Tim Beckham could mean the Orioles have a daily lineup headache with too many players — Danny Valencia, Chris Davis, Mark Trumbo, Colby Rasmus and Trey Mancini — for the spots available.
The Orioles return home Sunday from a .500 road trip through Washington and Atlanta with, if not tangible improvement to their inconsistent season, an idea of what that improvement will look like going forward.
Pose the question to anyone in an Orioles uniform, and the pause before he speaks is pregnant. The sigh is audible, the stare far away. The question is almost as loaded as the possible answers — and there's no one answer: How did the Orioles' season fall apart so fast?
Former Orioles star Nick Markakis is enjoying a career year in the fourth year of his deal with Atlanta, with he and Ryan Flaherty providing the upstart Braves much of what they did for the Orioles, showing what their old team lacks in the process.
After thinking it was a scheduling fluke earlier in the season, the Orioles will see a Yankees pitching staff that like the rest of the league won't throw many fastballs and will challenge the Orioles' aggressive approach.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter on how the team prepares to face three relievers as starters this weekend against Tampa Bay, and what's next for injured All-Stars Darren O'Day (elbow) and Mark Trumbo (knee)
A day after he had four of the Orioles' seven hits but dropped a fly ball in the right field corner that turned a 2-0 lead into a 3-2 loss to the White Sox, Mark Trumbo was left out of the Orioles' lineup Wednesday with a sore right knee.
Orioles shortstop Manny Machado is the only player on the team who has been good all season. But he's been far from perfect, and making sense of how to evaluate that is another complicated part of his 2018 season.
The Orioles hope to get Jonathan Schoop back sooner than usual for the oblique injury he is rehabbing and Mark Trumbo could be in the lineup against the Angels next week. Tim Beckham's surgery went well, but he's out for at least six weeks.
Orioles rookie outfielder Anthony Santander has had his flaws exposed as the Rule 5 draft pick has been forced to play every day. The team hopes the experience will provide him with a blueprint of what's required to succeed in the major leagues.
Orioles designated hitter Pedro Álvarez didn't exactly transform himself in the minors, but believes he's become a more disciplined version of himself on his forced baseball exodus in Norfolk last year.