“I liked the way he handled himself,” Showalter said of Pomeranz. “He had a lot of mound presence and attacked the strike zone. He hides it well, but you know there had to be a lot of emotion flowing around out there. I was real proud of him. That was probably the highlight for us.”

The Orioles' offense didn't fare much better than the pitchers Monday, with only Hardy registering a hit against Matt Harrison until the sixth when Robert Andino homered, his third of the season and second in two games.

Wilson Betemit hit a two-run homer against Harrison in the seventh, his fourth of the season. Harrison (4-2) left after that inning, allowing six hits and three walks while striking out two. Hardy had three of the six hits against Harrison, including two doubles, but never scored.

The Orioles defense also seemed asleep at times. Third baseman Mark Reynolds was charged with a throwing error in the ninth and also couldn't cleanly field two others that were ruled singles. He now has six errors this season.

There were few remnants from Sunday's emotional victory on the field Monday, but the fans that came to Camden Yards didn't let the Orioles forget what they had accomplished.

In his first plate appearance in the third inning, first baseman Chris Davis, who threw two scoreless innings to get the win Sunday in his only pro pitching appearance, received a standing ovation.

Davis promptly struck out in the at-bat — a fitting representation of this night.

Ultimately, the Orioles will dismiss Monday's beating as a bad performance against a great team — the two-time defending league champion. Showalter is hoping this was also just one rough outing for Matusz, who had two consecutive quality starts after not getting good results in his first three.

“I think it is [disappointing] for him. I'm frustrated for him. I'm sure he's frustrated by it,” Showalter said. “[Matusz] just wasn't the guy we had seen the last three or four starts. I'm sure Texas had something to do with that, too.”

dan.connolly@baltsun.com