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Orioles starter Brian Matusz finally got his first home win of the season Wednesday night, allowing one run in six innings before a rain delay forced him out of the ballgame.

The Orioles were up, 9-1, when Matusz left, but he had to sweat it out over the final three innings as the Angels hammered away at the lead. The Angels made it 9-7 in the ninth, but Alfredo Simon -- who is among the league leaders in interesting save attempts -- finally shut the door.

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Had the Orioles blown that 9-1 lead, I wouldn't have blamed Matusz for removing the Orioles bullpen from his Christmas card list. He's had a rough go of it at Camden Yards, going 0-7 with a 5.55 ERA before picking up his first win in 11 home starts.

Pitching well in front of the Orioles faithful -- and finally getting a win to show for it -- is something the struggling starter can feel good about. Hopefully he feeds off those positive vibes.

"I have thrown some good games here at home. It's just that I haven't been able to come away with a win," Matusz said after the game. "It is nice to get that."

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