O's closer loads bases, but doesn't allow earned run for 39th straight outing
By Justin Wise
OAKLAND -- By working his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth inning of a 9-6 Orioles win over the A's on Thursday, Zach Britton recorded his 39th consecutive appearance without allowing an earned run, setting a new Major League record.
Britton, who is 35-for-35 in saves opportunities this season, passed Brett Cecil and Craig Kimbrel on the all-time list with his latest scoreless outing.
Khris Davis then hit a chopper up the middle for an infield single. However, Eibner rounded third and Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop threw to Manny Machado, who tagged Eibner before he got back to the base to seemingly end the game.
The A's challenged the call, though, and it was overturned after review, bringing up the potential go-ahead run. But Britton induced a grounder to second from Danny Valencia just two pitches later to preserve the win and his streak. The closer has allowed just three earned runs in 48 innings this season.
Justin Wise is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area and covered the Orioles on Thursday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.