The Baltimore Orioles were officially eliminated from postseason play this week, but the O’s still managed to end their season with at least one positive accomplishment.
With the Baltimore 6-5 victory on Sept. 28, the Orioles will be ending the season with more wins than losses against the American League leading Boston Red Sox (97-64 record).
The O’s beat the Sox 10 out of 18 tries this season, making them the only American League East division team to have a winning record against Boston this season. It also marked the second straight year that Baltimore has claimed a season series victory over Boston, the first time Baltimore has won back-to-back season series over the Red Sox since 1992.
The 6-5 win over Boston Saturday night also saw O’s designated closer capture his 49th save of the season, good for first place in saves in the American League.
Earlier in the week, All-Star batter Chris Davis recorded his league-leading 53rd home run of the season, and also batted in his 138th RBI, also tops in the major league.
Davis is now the first player in pro baseball reach both the 53 home runs and 138 RBI milestone in the same season since Alex Rodriguez did it back in 2007. He also set a new franchise record with 28 home runs batted at home at Camden Yards in Baltimore; Frank Robinson had 27 home runs at Memorial Stadium back in 1966.
Although Baltimore will miss the playoffs, they will finish with a winning record (84-77) for the second straight season.