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Orioles fall behind early again, offense sputters in 5-1 loss to Rays

Orioles fall behind early again, offense sputters in 5-1 loss to Rays

The Orioles have struggled to solve the Tampa Bay Rays’ unconventional pitching experiment – using relievers to start games before a traditional starting pitcher enters in the second or third inning – scoring just three runs over the first two games of their weekend series at Tropicana Field.

But after the Orioles’ 5-1 loss to the Rays on Saturday — the ninth time in 11 games in which the Orioles scored three runs or fewer — manager Buck Showalter said the struggles his offense has faced has less to do with the opponent’s newfangled strategy and more with a batting order that been wildly inconsistent all season long.

“It’s been a challenge...

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