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Britton finally looks human; Orioles trail 4-1

In his first 15 2/3 big league innings, including two tonight, Orioles rookie left-hander Zach Britton allowed just one run on seven hits.

In the third inning alone tonight against the Cleveland Indians, Britton was touched for four runs and six hits.

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True, aside from Matt LaPorta's leadoff triple, which should have been an out but third baseman Mark Reynolds couldn't handle left fielder Luke Scott's throw, there wasn't any ball hit particularly hard.

However, the Indians were able to find holes, resulting in six straight hits at one point. It actually could have been worse for Britton, who already trailed 3-0 and had the bases loaded and no outs. But he struck out Shelley Duncan for the first out and then Travis Hafner hit a sacrifice fly to right to make it 4-0. However, the Orioles appealed that Asdrubal Cabrera left second too early on his way to tagging up, and second base umpire Ed Hickox called him out to end the inning.

The Orioles just got on the board in the top of the fourth on Luke Scott's two-out RBI single off Justin Masterson. They trail 4-1 with Britton heading to the mound for the bottom of the fourth.

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