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The Orioles will have no excuse if they don't get to Kansas City Royals starter Kyle Davies tonight. Davies entered the game with a 1-3 record and 7.98 ERA -- allowing 54 baserunners in his 29 1/3 innings of work -- so he would appear to be ripe for the picking. Let's see if the Orioles offense is opportunistic enough to take advantage.

Brian Roberts lead off the first with a solid double into the gap in right center and eventually scored in an inning in which Davies made good on his proclivity for putting people on base. The O's hit the ball solidly and had a chance to drop a crooked number of Davies, but Matt Wieters got under a 3-1 pitch and flied out to end the inning. Three baserunners. Three balls hit hard. One run.

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Davies threw a lot of pitches in the first inning and got right back into trouble in the second, but the Orioles seem to have a penchant for making the least of their opportunities. Nick Markakis tomahawked a single to right that scored Mark Reynolds, but the O's ran themselves out of the inning when Robert Andino tried to score from first and was thrown out by -- to use a midwestern term -- a country mile.

When you're trying to win on the road, you can't afford to leave those guys out there all day, especially against a team that has been very resourceful at home this year.

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