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Orioles lose fifth straight on Smoak's late-game heroics

A brutal road trip reached a new low tonight when Jeremy Guthrie lost his shutout and the Orioles lost their lead on Justin Smoak's two-out, three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Guthrie, who had pitched brilliantly through seven innings, got two quick outs in the eighth before Ichiro Suzuki reached on an error by the Orioles starting pitcher. First baseman Luke Scott made a diving stop on Suzuki's grounder, but Guthrie couldn't handle his throw.

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The next batter, Brendan Ryan, blooped a single into right field, and then Smoak absolutely crushed Guthrie's 0-1 pitch deep into the right-field seats for his eighth home run.

Brandon League pitched a perfect bottom of the ninth, striking out two to pick up his 15th save. Former Oriole Chris Ray got the victory, allowing one hit and a walk in 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

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Guthrie got the loss, falling to 2-7.

The Orioles will try to avoid a series sweep and an 0-6 road trip tomorrow afternoon.


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