BOSTON — Backs against the wall, winning probabilities at their slimmest? That’s where the Orioles flourish.
At least, that’s what the O’s have displayed over the past eight days, with their come-from-behind 12-8 win over the Red Sox on Friday at Fenway Park the latest example of a collective clutch gene that has grown in this recent spell of comeback victories.
What the Orioles did on Friday was simple: they surmounted a six-run hole after seeing Kyle Bradish hit around; they scored 10 unanswered runs from the seventh inning on, tying the game in the eighth and then going ahead for good in the ninth; they set a season high with 12 runs; and they continued to showcase the revamped culture that they feel is festering this season.
All came within a week of three walk-off victories over a course of four days.
But Friday may have been their most improbable. It was the Orioles’ first comeback win of at least six runs in nearly six years, not accomplished since a postseason-bound team did so on Aug. 14, 2016, against the Giants in San Francisco.
On Friday, they faced that deficit twice. It was a resounding lift to a day that appeared destined for anything but.