Jim Johnson - Orioles closerIt almost feels like Orioles fans are paying for the magic they enjoyed in 2012. The memorable wins for a season ago have turned into heartbreaking losses in 2013.

After going 29-9 in one-run games last season, the Orioles dropped 27th one run game on Thursday night falling to the Yankees 6-5. They’re now 16-27 in one-run games.

You think that’s crazy? Listen to this.

Orioles closer Jim Johnson, who leads the league in blown saves with nine, had never surrendered a run via a wild pitch before last night. Unfortunately, that run was the game-winner for the Yankees. It was also JJ’s first wild pitch of 2013.

With the loss, the Orioles fall to 28-32 against AL East opponents this season. They finish the season series 9-10 against the Yankees.

They’re 7-8 when tied after eight innings and 6-6 in September.

The Birds head to Toronto for three games against the Jays, then travel to Boston for a three game set and Tampa Bay for four. Things aren’t going to get any easier, but at just 2.5 games back of the Wild Card, the O’s are still very much in the race.