Yovani Gallardo

Balk helps Orioles rally past Angels, 3-2

Balk helps Orioles rally past Angels, 3-2

The 2016 Angels are bound to approach 100 losses, and it stands to reason that certain centenary defeats will come in unusual fashion. The laws of randomness insist as much. But the way they succumbed Saturday at Camden Yards seemed like more than baseball adhering to order.

Joe Smith had his foot on the rubber and a baseball in his glove. Baltimore’s tying run stood at third base. Trusty shortstop Andrelton Simmons had ranged far into center field to secure the second out of the seventh inning, and Smith had replaced J.C. Ramirez to face Adam Jones.

Then, at the very moment Smith leaned into his first delivery, he dropped the baseball onto the dirt. Before he could pick...