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Bullpen fails to hold lead for Ubaldo Jimenez as Orioles lose third straight, 5-2, to Astros

Bullpen fails to hold lead for Ubaldo Jimenez as Orioles lose third straight, 5-2, to Astros

Leaning against the railing of the visiting dugout at Minute Maid Park, all Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez could do Monday evening was watch in silence as one of his best starts of the season went to waste. Jimenez, who had held the Houston Astros to one run on three hits through his first six innings of work, received a surprisingly quick hook from manager Buck Showalter after giving up a leadoff single in the seventh on his 91st pitch of the night. He walked off the mound with a one-run lead, but saw usually dependable reliever Brad Brach blow that cushion as the Astros rallied for a gut-punch four-run seventh inning, handing the Orioles a 5-2 loss in front of 17,259. ...

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