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In their quest to find as many different ways to lose as possible, the Orioles got a total of four runs on 18 hits in last night's loss to the Washington Nationals, which is one of those good news/bad news stats that -- I guess -- says that somebody was doing something right and everything still turned out wrong.

This O's team is about as proficient at wasting scoring opportunities as I've seen in my lengthy career, and I've been around a lot of bad Orioles teams. Twice, they put the first two runners on base with no one out and immediately hit into a double play each time. When the Nationals created the same situation against O's starter Zach Britton with the Orioles up 2-0 in the fifth, pitcher Jason Marquis laid down a solid sacrifice bunt and Mark Reynolds fired the ball down the right field line to facilitate a big inning that featured three unearned runs.

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Manager Buck Showalter wasn't ready to lay the blame for another ugly loss on just one player, but he may be ready to explode.

"We had plenty of opportunities to make that not matter,'' he said. "Hanging it on one player...I'm not going to do that...Those things are correctable."

The Orioles are five games under .500 and they've lost enough games they should have won to be a solid .500-plus team right now.

No, I'm not saying they are better than this. The way they are playing right now, they might be overachieving to only be 10 games out of first place.

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