The Baltimore Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox 6-3 Sunday, then took scoreboard watching to a new level by staying on the field and rooting for the Texas Rangers to beat the Los Angeles Angels.
If the Angels had lost, Baltimore would have clinched its first playoff berth since 1997. After celebrating their fourth straight win, nearly two dozen Orioles gathered around the first-base line to watch the ninth inning, which began with Texas winning 4-3.
Many in the crowd of 41,257 stood and watched, too.
But a two-run double by Torii Hunter put the Angels in front and ruined the party. As the players and coaches walked off the field, manager Buck Showalter waved to the crowd and offered a fist-pump of encouragement.
The Angels' 5-4 win kept the Orioles' magic number to clinch a wild-card berth at one.
Baltimore, however, is looking to go into the postseason as AL East champions. The Orioles remained tied atop the division with the New York Yankees, who beat Toronto 9-6.