Since 1954, the Orioles have scored nine or more runs and lost 64 times. Prior to Sunday it happened most recently on May 17 2013, when the O’s dropped a 12-10 decision to the Tampa Bay Rays.
In 2013, a six-run eighth inning wasn’t enough to carry the Birds after Jason Hammel was dinged for seven earned runs and Alex Burnett, who pitched all of two games for the O’s, allowed three earned runs and recorded only one out.
Prior to Sunday, the Orioles had lost after scoring nine or more runs and hitting five home runs only once before. It first happened on April 17, 1965, when the O’s lost 12-9 to the Boston Red Sox. In the reverse of Sunday’s game, the O’s scored five first-inning runs in that 1965 contest, but Boston chipped away and finally sealed the deal with a four run bottom of the eighth inning.
On three occasions the Orioles have scored nine or more runs in a loss and did not homer. It happened on July 22, 2006, Sept. 10, 1993, and April 17, 1955. Get this, the 1955 game, which came exactly 10 years prior to the aforementioned 1965 game versus Boston, finished with the exact same score against the exact same opponent.
Finally, if yesterday’s game felt frustrating, consider that the Orioles scored nine or more runs in a loss on five different occasions in 2000. It doesn’t only happen to losing clubs, though. The 1996 and 1997 Orioles both had three different games where they scored nine or more and lost.