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After early outburst, Orioles offense sputters in 5-4 loss to Twins; team is 40 games under .500

After early outburst, Orioles offense sputters in 5-4 loss to Twins; team is 40 games under .500

The Orioles orchestrated one of their most productive offensive innings of the past two weeks by scoring three runs in the opening frame of their Saturday afternoon game against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. That gave right-hander Kevin Gausman an early cushion.

But after that first inning, the Orioles hitters reverted to their past selves — the ones we’ve seen throughout most of this season — a lineup full of undisciplined swingers trying to resurrect a lost season one desperate hack at a time.

And now, after their 5-4 loss to the Twins on Saturday, the Orioles must win Sunday’s series finale at Target Field to avoid a winless six-game road trip to Philadelphia and...

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