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Orioles lose big lead, but complete sweep of Reds with 9-7 win
Orioles lose big lead, but complete sweep of Reds with 9-7 win

Although they’d never say it publicly, the Orioles knew heading into last week just how important it was to flex their muscles in an 11-game homestand against three clubs with losing records. With Thursday’s 9-7 victory over the Cincinnati Reds before an announced 21,114 at Camden Yards, the Orioles posted their fourth sweep of three or more games this season. More impressive, the Orioles finished off their longest homestand of the year with a 9-2 record, outscoring the Tampa Bay Rays, Minnesota Twins and Reds by a combined 67-38. “That was huge for us,” said Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy, whose two-run single in the seventh was ultimately the game winner. “I...

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