BALTIMORE (AP) - Zach Britton set an American League record by converting his 55th consecutive save opportunity, blanking the Houston Astros in the ninth inning the seal the Baltimore Orioles' 9-7 victory on Sunday.
Britton struck out the first two batters and issued a walk before pinch-hitter George Springer bounced into a force play to end it.
Britton broke the AL mark held by Tom Gordon, who notched 54 straight saves with Boston from 1998-99. Britton started his run on Oct. 1, 2015, added 47 in a row last season and is 6 for 6 this year.
The major league record of 84 is held by Eric Gagne of the Dodgers from 2002-04. Saves became an official statistic in 1969.
Britton earned his fifth save on April 14 and endured two months on the disabled list with a strained left forearm before returning on July 5.
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