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Orioles pitcher Erik Bedard tied his longest outing of the year and won back-to-back starts for the first time in two months.

The O's left-hander was sharp as he halted Florida's nine-game winning streak. Bedard tossed eight innings of shutout ball, allowing two hits and no walks while tying a career-high with 12 strikeouts. He had lasted six innings or less in his previous six starts. Bedard improves to 7-6 on the season with a 5.09 ERA.

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Corey Patterson led the way offensively, going 3-for-4 with an RBI, a stolen base and a run scored. He is 6-for-12 with five RBIs in his last three games.

Brian Roberts also had three hits and extended his hitting streak to seven games.

Ramon Hernandez hit in the eight hole tonight, but it didn't help his slump. The O's catcher went 0-for-3 and is hitless in his last 23 at-bats.

For the Marlins, nobody put up numbers offensively. However, starter Ricky Nolasco had another solid outing. He allowed three earned runs in seven innings and didn't issue a walk. Nolasco has allowed three earned runs or less in six of his seven starts this season. He had tallied 18 strikeouts in his previous three starts but only managed two against the Orioles.

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