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Britton gives up two runs in 9th, Orioles lose 7-6 to Rays

Britton gives up two runs in 9th, Orioles lose 7-6 to Rays

In late September, when playoff hopes are dangling by a string, a slow-rolling baseball can do serious damage.

That was the case Sunday in the Orioles’ 7-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, when Kevin Kiermaier’s dribbler to second base turned into a game-winning infield single. It ended a tense battle and likely extinguished the Orioles’ already faint hopes of making the postseason for the third time in four years.

“I don't get (into) that gloom and doom. You guys can. We don't do that,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said following Sunday’s loss. “There's math there and good things ahead of us. And we're going to try to win the rest of our...

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