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Matusz not sharp; Hardy puts Orioles on board

For the second straight outing, Orioles young starter Brian Matusz struggled to consistently find the strike zone.

Matusz was just lifted from the game with one out in the fourth after he allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks. He needed 65 pitches (39 strikes) to get 10 outs.

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It's important to note that the Orioles' defense wasn't exactly sharp behind him. Second baseman Cesar Izturis dropped Brandon Inge's pop-up in the first inning, leading to a run. First baseman Josh Bell and Matt Wieters also overran a foul pop-up in the first, prolonging the innings and upping Matusz's pitch count.

Matusz retired eight of the final 10 hitters he faced, but one of those guys, Towson University's own Casper Wells, hit a solo homer.

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The Orioles trail 4-1 in the bottom of the fourth. They had just one hit, a leadoff single by Vladimir Guerrero in the second inning, until J.J Hardy just slammed a solo homer.

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