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Rich Hill struck out the side on 10 pitches in the first inning and gave up five runs over the next two, another study in contrast for a team that refuses to be pigeonholed on any level. How do you explain a three-game road sweep over the defending world champion Philadelphia Phillies and what is shaping up as three-game meltdown against the Florida Marlins at Land Shark Stadium?

No sense even trying to explain what happened to Hill, who pitched so well and delivered a decisive hit on the way to an uplifting victory in the series opener against the Phillies. Tonight, he gave up two homers and six earned runs over 4 1/3 innings before giving way to Mark Hendrickson.

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Maybe the O's have another late rally in store for the Marlins, but the competitive pendulum is swinging way too far in each direction right now to seriously believe the Orioles can make a run at .500. This lack of consistency -- along with the string of fundamental errors that have accompanied the downturns -- has to reflect on the team's mental toughness and intensity.

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