“I’m just trying to play the game,” Machado said. “Obviously, it’s bigger than any other games I’ve played before. I’m just gonna try to go out there and give everything I can to try and help this team win.”
The Orioles bullpen held the lead, tossing four scoreless innings — capped by Jim Johnson's scoreless ninth for his 49th save — and improving the club's record when leading after seven innings to 72-0.
After the game, several current Orioles looked back to the pregame ceremony honoring Robinson – Mr. Oriole – and the tonesetter.
“I had [goosebumps] the whole time,” Reynolds said.
“I just think it was really special to be a part of that,” Davis said. “You heard all the people talk about how good a person he is.. ... To have him out there and just being able to be in his presence, it was an honor for us to go out there and win. I think it was a great night for the Orioles tonight.”