These streaks are getting pretty serious for the Orioles. They have now won 11 consecutive games decided by one run and 12 consecutive extra-innings games.
The Orioles lost in extra innings on back-to-back nights at home to New York on April 10 and 11. They have not lost in extra innings since, going 5-0 in games that went to the 13th inning or later, like last night’s 8-7 win over Seattle in 14 innings.
A lot has been made of the Orioles -54 run differential on the year. But in extra-inning games, they are 12-2 on the year, outscoring their opponents 25 to 5.
More notes on an amazing O’s win:
* The Orioles moved into a tie for the second wild card spot with the victory. Here are the latest AL wild card standings:
.545 - Detroit, 60-50
.536 - Orioles & Oakland, 59-51
.532 - Los Angeles, 59-52
* The Orioles moved to within 4 1/2 games of the first-place Yankees, who lost to Detroit. The Orioles were 10 games behind New York as recently as July 18. This is the closest they have been to first since they were four games out on June 29.
* The O’s bullpen pitched nine shutout innings in the win, and has pitched 18 scoreless innings over the last five games with just three walks. Seattle went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position from the seventh inning on last night.
* The Orioles improved to 22-6 in one-run games and 38-17 in games decided by two runs or less. That is 21 games over .500 in the close games. No other AL team is more than seven games over .500 in those games, with Oakland at 29-22.
* The Orioles rallied from five runs behind to win on back-to-back Tuesdays. Last week, they trailed the Yankees 5-0 before winning 11-5 on Tuesday, and this week they trailed Seattle 5-0 and 7-2 before winning.
* Nick Markakis went 4-for-7 in the game. In 25 games since the All-Star break, Markakis is batting .360 (40-for-111) with three homers, 11 RBIs and 12 multi-hit games.
* Matt Wieters hit a pair of solo homers, and it was his third career two-homer game. He also hit two on July 26, 2010 against Toronto and April 16, 2012 against the White Sox. He is the fourth Oriole to hit a pair of homers in a game this year, joining J.J. Hardy, Adam Jones and Nick Johnson.
* The Orioles had given up just three runs total in the previous four games before yielding five runs in the first two innings last night.
* Steve Johnson is being recalled from Triple-A to start on Wednesday night. Over his past four Norfolk starts, Johnson has an ERA of 2.19 and a opponent average against of .200.