Adley Rutschman Walk-Off HR Keeps Orioles' Sweepless Streak Alive by Mere Inches

The star catcher's homer went just far enough to extend Baltimore's impressive streak.
Baltimore Orioles catcher Adley Rutschman records a hit against the Toronto Blue Jays
Baltimore Orioles catcher Adley Rutschman records a hit against the Toronto Blue Jays / Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
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The Baltimore Orioles are the owners of one of baseball's most impressive streaks, having avoided being swept for a jaw-dropping 105 consecutive series. The run dates back exactly two years, with the O's last sweep coming on on May 15, 2022 at the hands of the Detroit Tigers.

Their long-standing streak was nearly put to an unceremonious halt on Wednesday, when Baltimore found itself with its back against the wall in a matchup with the division rival Toronto Blue Jays. Trailing 2-1, the Orioles were down to their final three outs of the game when star catcher Adley Rutschman delivered a miracle two-run walk-off homer to keep the streak going.

It was no sure thing, either, as Rutschman's home run just narrowly left the confines of the field, scraping over the right field wall by a matter of inches.

The series between the AL East rivals spanned just two games, so the teams ended up splitting with one win apiece. The Orioles will once again look to avoid a sweep in their next series, a three-game set against the Seattle Mariners.

If successful, they'll tie the 1903-'05 San Francisco Giants at 106 straight series without being swept, second all-time behind the St. Louis Cardinals, who evaded such a fate across 125 series from 1942 to '44.

The two-run blast was Rutschman's ninth of the season and the second walk-off home run of his career.

Karl Rasmussen


Karl Rasmussen is a writer on Sports Illustrated’s Breaking & Trending News Team. A University of Oregon alum, his work has appeared on 12up and ClutchPoints. He’s a loyal Tottenham, Jets, Yankees and Ducks fan.