Orioles left-hander Zach Britton slogged through another sloppy, shaky first inning Thursday night in which an early exit again loomed menacingly.
Give the rookie a smidgen of credit, though, since he survived the first and then battled until the sixth in the Orioles' 9-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals.
That's pretty much where the good karma ended for Britton, who allowed a career-worst 12 hits in 5 1/3 innings in an outing that can be labeled only as not as bad as his past two.
"You are going to have [adversity] your whole career, you might as well get used to it," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Britton. "And the more things that we can expose...