Orioles have been all about perfect timing

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Chris Davis' relief win will be among the many treasured moments for the Orioles this season.

It was another day of Baltimore Orioles magic, one that kept the AL East race even-steven heading into the weekend.

The Orioles have now won 13 straight extra-inning games, tied for the second-longest single-season streak in major-league history (Elias tells us: the 1949 Indians won 17 straight and the 1995 Indians won 13 straight). There’s all sorts of intrigue in mining the notes from Thursday’s win.

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The key to the win, once again, was the Baltimore bullpen.

Orioles relievers allowed one earned run in 15 innings in the series, striking out 17 and walking five. They won all three games in the series.

Manny Machado, who won Wednesday’s game with his glove, won Thursday’s with his bat, knocking in the winning run in the 14th inning. He got a hit on a pitch that jammed him up-and-in.

Machado had only one hit in 10 previous major league at-bats that ended with a pitch in the upper-third of the strike zone or higher, that was also on the inner-third of the plate or closer to him.

His second came at the perfect time. And this streak has been all about perfect timing.

Here are the highlights from this amazing run.

April 16: The streak begins with a 10-4 10-inning win over the White Sox.

Elias stat of the day: Matt Wieters hits a grand slam in the 10th inning, the first Orioles player with a grand slam in extra innings since Harold Baines in 1999.

May 6: The Orioles win a wacky one, 9-6 in 17 innings over the Boston Red Sox. Adam Jones hits the go-ahead home run in the 17th inning and first baseman/designated hitter Chris Davis gets the win with two innings of scoreless relief, including a strikeout of Adrian Gonzalez.

Elias stat of the day: Davis is the 1st player to go 0-for-8 and be the winning pitcher since Hall of Famer Rube Waddell in 1905.

June 9: The Orioles win the first of consecutive games in extra-inning walk-off fashion, taking this one on Adam Jones’ game-ending home run in the 12th inning.

Elias stat of the day: Jones tied the Orioles record for extra-inning homers in one season, established by Frank Robinson in 1969 and tied by Eddie Murray in 1978 and Rafael Palmeiro in 1998, with that one.

July 14: The Orioles rally from a deficit in the 11th inning and another in the 13th inning, winning on a walk-off home run by Taylor Teagarden.

Elias stat of the day: Teagarden is the first player in franchise history to hit a walkoff homer in his first game with the club. Before Saturday, no one had done that in his first game for any major-league team since April 4, 2005, when Joe Randa did it in his debut with the Reds.

August 7: The Orioles rally from a 5-0 deficit to win in 14 innings, beating the Mariners on a game-ending hit by Jones.

Elias stat of the day: Jones is the first player with three go-ahead hits in the 14th inning or later in the same season in the expansion era (since 1961).

Thursday: The Orioles complete a three-game sweep with a 14-inning win over the Tampa Bay Rays, winning on Manny Machado’s walk-off hit.

Elias stat of the day: The Twenty-year-old Machado is the youngest player with a walk-off hit in the 14th inning or later since 19-year old rookie pitcher Don Gullett of the Reds singled home the winning run against the Braves on May 17, 1970.