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Orioles: Going, going, going and then Gonzo

It didn't have to be like this.

The Orioles held a thin lead from the third inning on -- thanks to solo home runs by Adam Jones, Luke Scott and Matt Wieters -- until Mike Gonzalez gave up a bunch of hits in the ninth inning to blow his first Orioles save opportunity in particularly devastating fashion. But before you lay all the blame on the new closer, keep in mind that the Orioles had opportunities all night long to put some real distance between them and the Rays and were absolutely abysmal with runners on base and runners in scoring position.

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To be precise, they were 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position, when just one big hit probably would have secured the victory behind a solid performance by Kevin Millwood and the rest of the Orioles bullpen.

Gonzalez didn't look too good, but it should not have been a one-run save opportunity when the Orioles had runners at first and third with no one out. The three solo home runs were nice, but they were no substitute for good clutch hitting.

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