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The thing that distinguishes this bad season from many of the others is the Orioles' uncanny ability to find new ways NOT to score. Tonight, it was a bases-loaded, no-out opportunity in the fifth that evaporated on a shot through the box by Cesar Izturis. Rays shortstop Jason Bartlett made a nice play to knock it down and was able to force out Matt Wieters at the plate because the runners had to freeze on the liner in case it was caught. After that, anybody who didn't know the next sound you would hear was an inning-ending double-play ball hasn't been paying attention.

I take it all back. This stuff does not appear to even out.

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Meanwhile, the meteor shower continues for the Orioles pitching staff, which has given up more home runs than any other team in the American League (157). Chris Tillman pitched pretty well after a rocky start, but he allowed solo homers to Pat Burrell, Ben Zobrist and B.J. Upton over the course of his six-plus innings.

The O's are creeping up on the Milwaukee Brewers, who lead the majors in gopher balls with 162. Can't be long now.

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