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The Orioles had runners in scoring position with fewer than two outs in four straight innings -- including that ugly bases-loaded, no-out situation in the fourth -- and did not get the ball out of the infield in eight straight at-bats before Corey Patterson poked a grounder through the middle in the bottom of the seventh. Even then, the run scored on a wild pitch.

So, was that because the hitters had a bad approach at the plate, or because R.A. Dickey did a great job of keeping the knuckler around the strike zone and winning the mental game against a bunch of anxious hitters.

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The answer is, of course, both, but you have to be impressed with the way Dickey controlled the game. It's very hard to dominate a game throwing almost all knuckleballs, but he did just that. Very impressive performance.

His line: 7 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K

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