“It’s been a long journey,” Gonzalez said. “Just thinking about it in January, not knowing where to go, whether I was going to go to Mexico or play in the states. And having the opportunity to be with the Orioles this year, it’s been great. They’ve redone history. I think we’ve been doing a pretty good job.”
The Orioles' bullpen delivered again. Left-hander Brian Matusz got two key outs in the seventh – and now owns a 1.35 ERA since becoming a reliever – and Darren O’Day recorded his 15th hold with a perfect eighth.
Jim Johnson extended his team-record save mark to 51 with a scoreless ninth, giving the Orioles a chance to win a division title on the final day of the regular season.
“When you have a plane scare I think you bond really close,” Johnson deadpanned, referring to the flight here Sunday night that needed to take an emergency landing. “It’s just been fun. The guys, for the people who have been with us the whole year, they see how we act inside the clubhouse. In years past it hasn’t been like that so, we have fun. We are not supposed to be here. So why not have fun and see what happens and let it all hang out?”