Orioles' Zach Britton's AL-Record Consecutive Save Streak Snapped at 60 by A's

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistAugust 23, 2017

BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 21:  Zach Britton #53 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches in the ninth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on August 21, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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Baltimore Orioles closer Zach Britton had his American League saves streak snapped at 60 Wednesday afternoon after he allowed a game-tying sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning against the Oakland A's. 

Britton, who entered with the Orioles clinging to a 7-5 edge, allowed three straight hits to open the frame, including an RBI single to Marcus Semien before Matt Joyce plated Boog Powell with a sac fly to center.  

Britton's streak dated back to September 2015. It spanned the entire 2016 season as Britton led all AL closers with 47 saves while recording a career-best 0.54 ERA and 0.836 WHIP en route to a fourth-place finish in Cy Young Award voting. 

However, his 2017 season hasn't been as smooth. 

Britton missed roughly two months due to forearm troubles, and he's struggled to regain Cy Young-caliber form when healthy. 

Prior to Wednesday's uncharacteristic slip-up, the 29-year-old touted 11 saves and a 2.88 ERA in 25.0 innings.  

For the Orioles to have any chance of making a September charge and closing the gap in pursuit of a wild-card spot, they'll need Britton to put those woes behind him and harness last season's brilliance in a hurry. 

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