The Orioles were able to bask in the glory of their four-run second inning for -- drum roll, please -- half an inning. The Marlins answered right back with a pair of two-run home runs to tie the game in the top of the third against Brian Matusz.
Gaby Sanchez launched the first one 388 feet to left center and Jorge Cantu made Matusz pay for a one-out walk to Hanley Ramirez with a similar shot over the Budweiser sign that adorns the left field fence.
Then, of course, the Orioles were back to their old tricks. Ty Wigginton led off the bottom of the third with a double and Luke Scott jumped ahead 3-0 on the count with no one out, but he was swinging 3-0 and soon was striking out on a slow breaking ball, apparently unaware that it was a tie game and a more conservative approach at the plate might move the go-ahead run to third with one out.
Sometimes, you just have to wonder what's going on in these guys' heads. Whenever they have a pitcher on the ropes, they get over-aggressive and almost invariably bail the guy out.
Earth to Luke: The other team has scouting reports and those scouting reports say that you'll swing at anything when you're ahead in the count. The same thing happened on Sunday when the O's were up 4-1 on the Padres and Miguel Tejada was ahead 2-0 on the count with two runners on and nobody out.
Instead of being afraid to go 3-0 to Tejada and possibly walk the bases loaded, Padres veteran Jon Garland threw a breaking ball at his feet and Tejada went fishing and hit into a double play that ended the rally and helped usher the Padres back into the game.