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Jakubauskas out; Berken in; game hanging in balance

Jason Berken entered in the sixth, meaning Chris Jakubauskas is done for the night.

He faced a very good Cincinnati Reds lineup and yielded three runs on five hits and three walks through five innings. Certainly not ideal, but serviceable.

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The problem is the Orioles are 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position through five innings. They had Reds starter Edinson Volquez against the ropes continuously and couldn't pile on. Volquez allowed seven hits and five walks in 4 1/3 innings. But he surrendered just four runs.

Jakubauskas had a 4-0 lead and nearly handed it back, giving up three runs in the fifth when the converted reliever was clearly out of gas (he threw 76 pitches, 50 for strikes). But he had the Orioles in a position to win.

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A one-run lead against the Reds, though, is not nearly enough. And that was proven in the top of the sixth, when Berken allowed the Reds to score on a Paul Janish RBI single to tie the game at 4-4.

Strap yourselves in. This one won't be decided for a while.

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