SEATTLE -- Sometimes, it has been quick and sudden. Sunday, it took closer Chris Ray just seven pitches to blow a one-run lead as he gave up a game-winning, two-run home run in the ninth inning to Los Angeles Angels slugger Vladimir Guerrero.
Other times, the Orioles' meltdown has been protracted and unpredictable. Monday night, the Orioles had a one-run lead over the Seattle Mariners in the eighth inning, and setup man Chad Bradford had gotten two quick outs. It appeared Ray would get the ball in the ninth with another one-run lead to protect.