BALTIMORE — After he blew four of five save chances during the month of May, Orioles closer Jim Johnson had quietly returned to being a lights-out reliever at the back of the bullpen.
But he gave up two pivotal runs in the ninth inning Wednesday, as he blew his fifth save of the season and the Orioles lost, 4-3, to the Indians.
The club has dropped five of its last six games, and the best it can hope for now out of the four-game set is a split with a win in Thursday’s series finale.
Johnson, who was going for the 100th save of his career, had rattled off 12 consecutive saves in his 14 appearances since the rough patch in May. He allowed just one earned run over that stretch.