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When the Orioles scored seven runs off of Brad Penny in the second inning, this game should have been all but over. Most teams won't blow a seven-run lead all year, but I'm sure that no one thought the Orioles could safely chalk up the win with the Red Sox set to bat eight more times.

Theoretically, however, the Orioles also had seven more innings to build on that lead, but that's not how it works. Don't want to go all psycho-babble on you, but teams tend to sit on a giant lead and that's exactly what the Orioles did. Instead of continuing to work the count and press their advantage, they started to waste at-bats and wait for the Red Sox to battle back into the game.

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Hate to be fatalistic, but I really think the O's jumped the shark after the seven-run rally. I think they're going to get torched the rest of the weekend in Boston. Guthrie walked too many guys with that big cushion and Danys Baez psyched himself out when he hit Kevin Youklis in the head and an opportunity to get a leg up in this tough four-game series went to waste in a very ugly way.

Too bad. It would have been a real nice win.

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