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Gausman gives away another big lead as Orioles are swept by Royals

Gausman gives away another big lead as Orioles are swept by Royals

Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman went into this season ready to build on last year's strong second half, but through his first nine starts of 2017, the 26-year-old's season has been an almost constant battle, whether it's been with his control, his mechanics or his morale.

In the Orioles' 9-8 loss to the Kansas City Royals — a defeat that sent the Orioles out of Kansas City having been swept at Kauffman Stadium for the first time in 17 years — Gausman was gift-wrapped a five-run lead as he took the mound for the bottom of the fourth inning.

His pitch count was already high, having thrown at least 20 pitches in each of his previous three innings, but he wasn't locked in the...

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