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Thoughts and observations after the Orioles' 2-1 loss in Houston
Thoughts and observations after the Orioles' 2-1 loss in Houston

HOUSTON — You don’t usually expect your cleanup hitter to drop a bunt in the ninth inning of a one-run game, but that’s just what Adam Jones did with the Orioles down to their second-to-last out in an eventual 2-1 loss to the Houston Astros on Friday night at Minute Maid Park. The Orioles had struggled to get much going, managing just three singles and a walk after J.J. Hardy’s second-inning single. Jones was trying to bunt for a hit, to give Chris Davis a chance to drive him in. He believed that by getting on base, Astros reliever Chad Qualls would hesitate to throw his slider in the dirt, thereby giving Davis a better chance at getting a pitch to hit. But...

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