The game wasn't so much on the line, but Brady Anderson's streak was. It was the eighth inning yesterday, the Orioles were down 5-2 and Anderson had not been on base through his first three at-bats against Chicago White Sox starter Jack McDowell.
"I was hoping I would have kept it going," Anderson said of his on-base streak, which had reached 28 games, and of the Orioles' two-run rally. "It's nice to have some sort of streak."
Anderson's on-base streak -- the longest by an Oriole since Cal Ripken reached in 28 straight games four years ago -- ended with a slicing line drive that Tim Raines ran down in leftfield. It marked the first time Anderson didn't get on since the second game of the season.