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Astros jump on Ubaldo Jiménez early, hold on for 8-7 win over Orioles

Astros jump on Ubaldo Jiménez early, hold on for 8-7 win over Orioles

The Orioles came into their three-game series against the high-flying Houston Astros with a little bit of momentum after sweeping a four-game series against the Texas Rangers, but manager Buck Showalter has a saying about that.

He tends to dismiss the concept with the baseball truism that “momentum is only as good as the next day’s starting pitcher.”

On Friday night, that was doubly true in the Orioles’ 8-7 loss before an announced 25,784 at Camden Yards.

Right-hander Ubaldo Jiménez (4-6) is too often the antidote for momentum and that was the case from the get-go. He struck out two of the first three batters he faced, but — as so...

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