For the last week, Jim Johnson’s locker has been the most popular stopping point in the Orioles clubhouse. Three times he stood there and explained what went wrong.

Never made any excuses, never any whining.

On Tuesday, his space was a happier place. After blowing three straight saves, Johnson picked up a win after pitching a flawless 10th inning. After Nate McLouth’s game-winning home run, Johnson could breathe a lot more easily.

The Orioles had lost six straight, and their 3-2 win over the New York Yankees in 10 innings before 29,040 at Oriole Park made for a lot of happy people.

“I’m glad the fans are worried because they care,” McLouth said.

“It’s our job to come out that night and play that game and not let the previous day – or two or three or six – affect what we do tonight.”

Perhaps bigger news was made after the game when an industry source confirmed a report that last year’s No. 1 draft choice Kevin Gausman was expected to make his major league debut with the Orioles in Toronto on Thursday.

Manager Buck Showalter said he had no problem with Johnson saving the game. “Watch it again,” he said on Monday night. There was no game to save.

After Miguel Gonzalez’s excellent seven innings, Tommy Hunter came on to relieve him, and as the game headed to the ninth, Johnson was warming up in the bullpen.

When the game remained tied at 2, Hunter came out to pitch the ninth and Johnson (2-4) watched.

He pitched the top of the 10th and quickly retired the Yankees in order.

McLouth hit his fourth home run of the year off Vidal Nuno (1-1) and the Orioles (24-21) had the win.

“There were a lot more good positive things than a guy that pitched in the 10th inning tonight,” Johnson said.

“It’s been tough, but when I go home at night, it stays here. When I come to the field, I try to work just like I’ve done many years since I’ve been up here. I’ll continue to do that.”