The Orioles’ latest one-run loss was Saturday at Camden Yards. Coco Crisp hit a homer in the top of the ninth and Oakland beat the Orioles 2-1.
One season after the Orioles had a 29-9 record in one run games, to post the best win percentage in major league history, they are now nine games under .500 in the one-run decisions.
The Orioles have gone from first to worst in the American League in this stat and they are now 14-23 in one-run contests.
It gets a bit worse. The Orioles have lost seven one-run games in a row and and are 1-9 since the All-Star break. They are just 2-12 in these decisions since July 4.
The worst AL records in one-run games:
.378 - Orioles (14-23)
.385 - Los Angeles (15-24)
.390 - Houston (16-25)
.405 - Toronto (15-22).
The other AL East teams have winning records in one-run games with New York at 22-14, Tampa Bay 21-17 and Boston at 16-15.
The O’s do have the AL’s best winning percentage in two-run games, going 15-5, so there is that.
But they’ve gone from 20 games over .500 to nine games under in one-run contests from 2012 to 2013.
Other O’s notes:
* Last season, Darren O’Day had a batting average against of .207 and OPS of .664 with four homers allowed in 87 at-bats versus left-handed batters. This year, he has given up an average of .325 with a .961 OPS and five homers over 77 at-bats against left-handed hitters.
* The Orioles went 5-for-31 in Saturday’s game and 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. In their first five games this year against Oakland, they scored 37 runs with a team average of .298 and they hit .351 (20-for-57) with RISP.
* Saturday’s outing marked the fourth time on the year that Chris Tillman pitched eight or more innings. The O’s went 3-0 in the first three games.
* Nick Markakis went 1-for-4 Saturday, but he has now gone 51 games, since June 24, since his last home run. Markakis has gone 31 games without an extra-base hit since July 20. It is the longest drought of his career and second longest in the AL this season. Seattle’s Brendan Ryan did not record an extra-base hit in 32 consecutive games to start the 2013 season.
* Adam Jones went 0-for-3 yesterday to end a seven-game hitting streak. He went 12-for-31 (.387) with three homers and nine RBIs during that stretch.
* Manny Machado hit his major league-leading 44th double yesterday. But it was just his fifth double over his past 40 games.