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Alec Asher struggles, Orioles strike out 12 times against Joe Ross in 6-1 loss to Nats

Alec Asher struggles, Orioles strike out 12 times against Joe Ross in 6-1 loss to Nats

Alec Asher hasn’t had many easy assignments when the Orioles have used him as a starter, but he didn’t make it easy on himself Thursday night against the high-flying Washington Nationals.

The host Nationals batted around in a 41-pitch first inning, scoring four runs and helping themselves to an early, easy lead against the Orioles’ fifth starter on their way to a 6-1 win at Nationals Park.

“A lot of counts not in his favor,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “He got ambushed a little bit in the first inning, and it really didn’t look like we were going to mount much.”

Said Asher: “I think my command got away from me a little bit. I...

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