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The Orioles keep waiting for something to click with Brian Matusz and it just isn't happening.

The young lefty was just knocked out of the game after just 4 2/3 innings, having allowed six earned runs on nine hits, including three homers, and a walk while striking out five over 4 2/3 innings. Reigning National League Most Valuable Player Joey Votto slammed a three-run homer off Matusz in the third inning, and then a two-run shot in the fifth, giving the Cincinnati Reds a 6-4 lead.

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Over his last three starts, Matusz has allowed 14 earned runs on 20 hits, including four homers, and eight walks over 11 1/3 innings. His ERA after five starts now stands at 6.85, and that mark over the last three outings is 15.88.

He's given up seven home runs in his last 13 1/3 innings.

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And still, the Orioles would have a decent chance to win this game if they'd stop hitting into so many rally-killing double plays. With men on first and third and one out in the fourth, J.J. Hardy bounced into an inning-ending double play.

The Orioles just had men on first and second and no outs in the fifth and Vladimir Guerrero all but killed the rally with a double play.

The Orioles have gotten homers from Adam Jones, Nick Markakis and Matt Wieters, but they trail 6-4 in the top of the sixth.

They also have a big decision to make on whether they can afford to keep sending Matusz out there every five days against big league hitters.

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