Adley Rutschman didn’t know if it was gone.

He didn’t have time to stop and stare; he had to run out of the box and start sprinting the bases. By the time he got to first, the ball had landed safely on the right field concourse and he could finally celebrate.

It was a walk-off, two-run home run to propel the Orioles to a 3-2 win over the Blue Jays. The regular-season sweepless streak, which started two years ago on this date, was safe. And they once again have Rutschman to thank for it.

The streak, which started in the series before Rutschman was called up in 2022, is now at 105 series.

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“I think we take every game pitch by pitch; we try to really compartmentalize stuff,” Rutschman said. “I think that’s the result of guys just continuing to get better. I think we are focused on the long-term picture and getting to where we want to be. I think it’s a cool testament to our team.”

Rutschman’s heroics, though, came at the end of what was an otherwise lackluster game for the Orioles offense. Aside from Jordan Westburg, who hit a leadoff home run in his first time playing that spot in a major league game and then a single to open the bottom of the ninth, the rest of the offense was unable to produce as manager Brandon Hyde attempted every move possible to try to maneuver the Blue Jays.

With the team down by a run, James McCann opened the seventh by hitting a single. Austin Hays, pinch hitting for the slumping Cedric Mullins, followed with a double. But, because Hays is still dealing with the sore calf that placed him on the injured list, Kyle Stowers had to pinch run.

The bases were loaded after Rutschman was intentionally walked, but Ryan Mountcastle popped out, then Gunnar Henderson grounded out to end the inning.

Jordan Westburg (right) celebrates a leadoff home run in the first inning with Adley Rutschman. Westburg was on base for Rutschman's walk-off homer. (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Stowers, called up Monday, stayed in the game in left filed, moving Colton Cowser to center. To open the bottom of the eighth, with the Orioles still down a run, Anthony Santander doubled. Jorge Mateo hit a sacrifice bunt to advance Santander to third, and Cowser was intentionally walked to set up men on first and third with one out for James McCann.

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Manager Brandon Hyde considered pinch hitting for McCann, which would have meant a double switch because he was catching, but the Blue Jays had left-handed pitcher Tim Mayza up and they likely would have made a change. Then would have come Stowers, who hasn’t hit well throughout his career against left-handed pitching, or Ramón Urías, who hasn’t hit well against anyone this year.

So instead Hyde opted to keep McCann in. Hyde gave McCann the bunt signal, and McCann attempted to twice before Hyde took it down. McCann tried again, this time succeeding. But they did not know at the time that Santander, who ran into the wall earlier in the game, had banged his knee up even more when running to second on his double. The bunt could have been enough to bring him home, but Santander was tagged out just before touching the plate.

It was a game that most teams would not have won, especially considering the Orioles went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left 11 runners on base.

But these Orioles are known for their come-from-behind magic.

“We have big-time character,” Hyde said. “Our guys definitely play to win; we don’t make it easy on ourselves sometimes. We’d like to start cashing in some of these runs to start getting some runs and stop playing these types of games. We definitely will take the win.”

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Kyle Bradish, making his third start after beginning the season on the injured list with a right UCL sprain, made it just four innings. His first was as efficient as they come, needing just 10 pitches to get through the top three of Toronto’s order.

The second inning taxed him, Bradish throwing 30 pitches to get three outs. The third was a long affair as well, Bradish giving up his two runs on a double from Bo Bichette. The bullpen did its job the rest of the way, combining to pitch five scoreless innings.

“You normally don’t win games like that when you leave that many men on base and have that many scoring opportunities,” Hyde said. “But we did because of our pitching today.”

Danielle Allentuck covers the Orioles for The Baltimore Banner. She previously reported on the Rockies for the Denver Gazette and general sports assignments for The New York Times as part of its fellowship program. A Maryland native, Danielle grew up in Montgomery County and graduated from Ithaca College.

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