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Adam Jones' tie-breaking homer helps O's halt five-game skid, avoid sweep in Houston

Adam Jones' tie-breaking homer helps O's halt five-game skid, avoid sweep in Houston

One swing didn’t cure all of the Orioles’ woes Thursday afternoon, but it did give them the one thing this reeling team needed most. A win. Center fielder Adam Jones’ solo homer in the eighth off reliever Chad Qualls gave the Orioles a 3-2 victory over the Houston Astros, ending their five-game losing streak and avoiding a four-game sweep on the first stop of a two-city, seven-game road trip. “I don’t talk about streaks and slumps. What’s it mean tomorrow?” said Orioles manager Buck Showalter, who was ejected following the top of the second inning for arguing balls and strikes. “We will take it. They are a very good team. You’ve got...

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