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Manager Dave Trembley took the loss relatively philosophically, though he'll probably toss and turn some tonight wondering how many things had to go wrong to waste that great outing by Koji Uehara.

"It would have been a good one to win and a tough one to lose,'' Trembley said. "They got the hits at the end. We needed one more out. We needed one more pitch. We had chances to score more runs and we didn't."

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Uehara had little to say afterward, other than the obvious. He was pleased with his outing. The difference between tonight's performance and his previous appearance against the Rangers came down to pitching ahead in the count more. He showed little emotion or regret about the victory getting away.

"That was our closer,'' he said through translator Jiwon Bang. "He gave up the runs, so you forget about it and come back tomorrow."

Catcher Gregg Zaun said George Sherrill's decisive pitch to Michael Young was on the outside part of the plate but up. He preferred to give some credit to Young for powering it over the right field fence.

"In that situation, you're trying not to let one of those guys beat us to the pull side with a homer,'' Zaun said. "He (Sherrill) got one up and he (Young) did what he does. It's an impressive swing for the guy to go over there. if you're going to get beat, you want to get beat the hard way."

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