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Believe it or not, tonight's late-inning meltdown was brought to you by the Texas Rangers, who jumped out to a four-run lead, but couldn't hold off the Orioles down the stretch. The O's got home runs by Scott Moore and Felix Pie to get back in the game, but it was a bullpen blowup starring Rangers relievers Frank Francisco and Darren Oliver that allowed the O's to overtake the Rangers in the eighth.

The inning started with an error by Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus and featured two hit batsmen and a bases-loaded walk. It was the kind of late-inning disaster that Orioles fans have grown accustomed to during the first half of this discouraging season.

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Frankly, I was a little surprised the O's were equal to this challenge, though they almost didn't have a choice. They scored two runs in the seventh and appeared to be on the verge of tying the game with one out before Miguel Tejada came up with runners at first and third and fished for a couple of bad pitches -- the second of which he tapped weakly to shortstop to start an inning-ending double play.

All's well that ends well, but there have been too many games this year where that kind of at-bat led to a different outcome.

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