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What could be better?

How about the Orioles keeping the rare lead and finishing this thing off in the ninth for Juan Samuel's first managerial win?

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Didn't happen.

Will Ohman, who received the club's first save opportunity since before Alfredo Simon got hurt (May 23), couldn't hold the one-run lead.

He allowed a couple singles and a sacrifice fly to Dustin Pedroia in the top of the ninth. Then the Orioles couldn't score on Jonathan Papelbon in the bottom of the inning. But they nearly did. Lou Montanez crushed a ball to center but Mike Cameron made a nice, behind-the-back running catch to end the threat.

So we go to extras, where the Orioles are 4-2 this season and 3-1 at home.

The 27,774 fans had already gotten their money's worth since the first nine innings took roughly 17 hours to complete (and only 6 runs were scored).

Where's Joe West when you need him?

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