That’s a Dozen - The O’s suffered their 12th straight loss with Tuesday’s 3-1 defeat at Tampa. It’s the most consecutive losses since the Birds lost 12 in a row from August 16-28 in 2004.
The losing streak is the longest in the Majors this year.
No beef - The O’s offense was held to one run on nine hits tonight. The O’s went 2 for 7 with runners in scoring position and left 8 men on base. The Birds have scored just 36 runs during the 12-game losing streak and have left 95 on base during the streak.
The Orioles have scored three runs or less in 32 of 69 games in the second half and they are just 1-31 in those games.
For the O’s, 23 of their last 48 losses have been by two runs or less. They fall to 12-20 in two-run games.
Most Losses, O’s history:
107 - 1988
100 - 1954
98 - 2001
97 - 1955, 2009
Right hander Wade Davis beat the Orioles for the second time in less than two weeks. He pitched a complete-game, four-hit shutout vs. the O’s on September 17th.
Tonight, Davis allowed just seven hits and one run over seven innings, in his 5th Major League start. He is 2-1, 3.45. In two starts vs. the Orioles, he is 2-0, 0.56. In 16 innings vs. the Birds he has allowed 11 hits and one run with five walks and 13 strikeouts.
A thorn in their side - Tampa’s Ben Zobrist was 1-3 with an RBI double in the first inning. He is batting .400 (20 for 50) with five homers and 14 RBI this year vs. Baltimore pitching. Carl Crawford had a stolen base in the game, his 60th of the year.
Tampa, now 81-76, now needs just one more win to record its second winning season in franchise history after last year’s 97-65 mark.
The Rays have won eight of 11 and are 9-5 over the last 14 games. They improve to 49-27 at home and 10-17 in September.
The O’s fall to 20-47 vs. AL East teams, including a mark of 6-28 on the road. They are now 7-9 on the year vs. Tampa, including a mark of 2-5 on the road.
Matt Wieters went 2 for 4 in the game with a pair of singles. He is 5 for 8 in this series. Over his last 15 games, Wieters is batting .439 (25 for 57) with three homers and 14 RBI. Wieters is batting .375 (33 for 88) this month. His average is up to .294 on the year.
Brian Roberts’ third-inning double was his only hit on the night, but it was his 56th double of the year. That broke the tie with Lance Berkman for most doubles in a season by a switch-hitter. With 56 doubles, Roberts is tied for 13th most in one year all-time.
Brian Roberts, 2009
Craig Biggio, 1999
Garret Anderson, 2002
Nomar Garciaparra, 2002
George Kell, 1950
Joe Medwick, 1937
Luke Scott was 1 for 4 and knocked in the O’s only run. Scott is 9 for 21 with 4 RBI during a five-game batting streak.
During the 12-game losing streak:
*O’s out-scored 80-36
*O’s team average is .254
*O’s team ERA is 6.33
*O’s losses by two runs or less - 6