Orioles rock Shohei Ohtani, snap 19-game losing streak just short of dubious history

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Sometimes the completely unexpected happens in sports. 

Camden Yards was the scene of one of those moments on Wednesday.

The Baltimore Orioles are the worst team in baseball. They entered the day riding a 19-game losing streak, two short of the longest such streak in AL history. They were taking on the Los Angeles Angels and pitcher/slugger Shohei Ohtani, who's remarkable season is being called by some the best in baseball history

So go ahead and ink in loss No. 20 in a row, right?

Not so fast.

Orioles hitters knocked Ohtani out after five innings and rallied for five runs in the bottom of the eighth to secure a 10-6 win, putting an end to their run to baseball ignominy while snapping a four-game winning streak by Ohtani.

Orioles take Ohtani deep on first pitch

Things got off to a bad start for Ohtani, who entered the game 5-0 on the mound with a 1.58 ERA in his previous six starts. Outfielder Cedric Mullins sent Ohtani's first pitch over the centerfield wall to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead. 

Two batters later, outfielder Anthony Santander got ahold of another Ohtani pitch, sending it into the right-field bleachers to extend Baltimore's lead to 2-0.

By the time Ohtani's night on the mound was done, he'd given up three home runs and four earned runs through five innings. He didn't fare much better at the plate, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. But he was still in line for the win after five with the Angels holding a 6-4 lead. 

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - AUGUST 25: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels walks to the dugout after striking out in the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on August 25, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
Shohei Ohtani didn't have his best stuff on Wednesday. (G Fiume/Getty Images)

Big eighth fends off dubious history

A monster eighth inning by Baltimore ensured that he wouldn't pick up a cheap win. The Orioles loaded the bases with their first three batters against reliever Jake Petricka. After Angels relievers walked in two runs to give the Orioles a 7-6 lead, outfielder Austin Hays entered the game as a pinch hitter. And he did this.

That's a two-run double off of reliever James Hoyt that extended Baltimore's lead to 9-7 and gave the scattered Camden Yard faithful hope they might actually get a return on their investment of time and ticket money. An insurance run before the end of the eighth and a 1-2-3 inning by Baltimore reliever Tyler Wells in the top of the ninth ensured that they would. 

Reasons to celebrate Orioles baseball are few and far between. Here's hoping Baltimore's soaking this one in.

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