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Davis makes no excuses for his role in another brutal Orioles' loss

I'll say this: There aren't too many people rushing forward to take accountability for this Orioles mess, but Blake Davis proved that he's not looking to make any excuses or point any fingers after an awful team-wide performance in a 7-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels today.

Making his first start all season at third base -- he had started one game at third at Triple-A Norfolk earlier this year -- Davis made two errors and was initially assessed three, but the official scorer took away one on Vernon Wells' second-inning grounder.


If there was a silver lining, none of those base runners came around to score.

"I was terrible," Davis said. "There's no way around it. Not a good showing, so you just take it and swallow it, and it is what it is. I was terrible."


Orioles manager Buck Showalter gave Davis the start at third and benched Josh Bell, who was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk after the game.

"I think Blake played 24 games [at third] last year," Showalter said. "I felt bad for him ... but

it's something where, supposedly, he's a utility guy and plays all over. It was a tough day for him. There's been some really good players that have had a day similar to that, so I have a little empathy for that. But at the same time, if you are going to do the things that Blake is going to have to do to play here, you have to be able to do those things. But he wasn't by himself."

Indeed, the Orioles were terrible in getting swept out of Anaheim, Calif., for the first time since 2006. Left fielder Felix Pie lost a ball in the sun. Catcher Craig Tatum threw a ball away, allowing a run to score. Brian Matusz didn't pitch well, allowing six runs (five earned) on nine hits and a walk over four innings.

And the offense was just as dreadful, getting just one run on Matt Wieters' homer over seven innings against journeyman Angels starter Jerome Williams. Williams, who started this season pitching for the Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League, hadn't started a big league game since May 15, 2007, and hadn't won one since Sept. 25, 2005.

The low point was the Orioles' loading the bases with no outs in the fourth inning of a 3-0 game and not scoring.

"The first three innings, he looked like a Cy Young winner," Orioles center fielder Adam Jones said. "We had three opportunities [in the series] with the bases loaded and less than two outs, and we haven't gotten any runs off it. Three times. You understand once, maybe twice, but not three times. I don't want to say focus harder, but point blank, we got to get it done as a team."