But catcher Matt Wieters didn't see the spotlight impact how the team handled the setback. Instead, he saw the same type of focus that allowed the Orioles to avoid a losing streak of longer than two games over the season's final two months.
"It was something to where I haven't experienced a playoff loss before, so you don't really know what to expect when you get back in the clubhouse," Wieters said on Monday. "But no, everybody was -- it's one game, and that's how you had to go into it. It's one game, and we all came back ready to go today with not much of a memory of what happened last night and just ready to get a win today."
Manager Buck Showalter also wasn't about to blow the loss out of proportion, even as he acknowledged the gravity of the situation.
"We've had tough losses a lot this year," he said. "That's the peaks and valleys.
"But obviously the sense of urgency changes a little bit because of the math of the series."