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In the top of the third inning, the Orioles doubled the number of hits that they have had all season with two outs and runners in scoring position. And no, I'm not joking.

The Orioles came in 2-for-44 with runners in scoring position and two outs. But after A's lefty Brett Anderson retired the first eight Orioles in order, Cesar Izturis hit a two-out single in the third. Adam Jones followed with a single. Ty Wigginton then plated them both with a two-run double to right, giving him a team-leading eight RBIs.

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Nick Markakis then made it 3-0 with an RBI single up the middle, giving him just two RBIs all season.

Obviously, the hits were long overdue but I'm a little surprised that they came against Anderson. A: He is a lefty. B: He is pretty damn good. Anderson had started the season with 14 consecutive scoreless innings before the Orioles got to him in the third.

He was three scoreless innings short of setting the Oakland record for the longest season-opening scoreless streak by a starter in franchise history. Matt Keough set that mark with 16 straight scoreless innings in 1980.

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