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Reynolds goes long, Orioles again come up short

Let's get the two Orioles' highlights out of the way: First baseman Mark Reynolds accounted for the Orioles' only two runs in a 7-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays with solo homers that traveled a combined 841 feet.

Reynolds' shot in the seventh inning went 450 feet into the second deck in left field and tied for the sixth longest home run in Camden Yards' history.

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"He just threw me a low heater and I hit it pretty good," said Reynolds who now has 26 home runs. "It's just one run and we ended up losing, so it's all for nothing."

The blast was the second longest at Camden Yards by an Oriole. Jeffrey Hammonds still leads the tale of the tape with a 460-foot shot on Sept. 15, 1997 in game one of a doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians.

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Reynolds' ball was also just the second homer to reach the second deck in left field in the history of Camden Yards. The California Angels' Rex Hudler was the only other guy to do it on June 11, 1995 off of Jamie Moyer.

"I think I've got a couple better in Arizona," said Reynolds when asked if that was the longest homer that he's ever hit. "The ball flies a little better out there."

Joked Orioles manager Buck Showalter: "It's too bad it only counts as one. That way you could stretch it out and maybe get an extra half a run for it."

Other than Reynolds' two at-bats, the home team didn't stand a chance against Toronto's talented lefty Ricky Romero, who is becoming the latest in a long line of American League East pitchers to dominate the Orioles.

Romero, who surrendered just two runs on four hits and struck out five over eight innings, is now 6-3 with a 3.10 ERA in 12 career starts against the Orioles.

Over his last three starts against them, Romero is 3-0 with a 1.11 ERA (three earned runs over 24 1/3 innings), and each of those starts has lasted at least eight innings. In four outings against the Orioles this season, Romero is 3-1 with a 2.25 ERA, and he's allowed just 22 hits and 10 walks while striking out 31 over 32 innings.

Going back a little further than that, Romero is 6-1 with a 2.08 ERA in his last eight starts against the Blue Jays' American League East foe.

"He's a good pitcher, period, but it's one of those things you know exactly what he's going to try to do and he's able to do it," said Showalter. "It's hard with the cutter. He just pounds the inner half and it just opens up so many things for him. We talked a lot about the approach. He's pretty adjustable, too. He won't just stay one way. If he sees you make an adjustment, he'll go a different way. He's a good one, and a really good athlete. He's a challenge for everybody, but it seems like especially us."

The Orioles have lost all four series against the Blue Jays this season and are 7-23 against them over the past two seasons. They haven't won any series since taking two of three from the Cincinnati Reds June 24-26.

"It's frustrating because it's something that, we'd like to win all three," said Showalter. "Where we are, we need to make up some ground just from a W and L standpoint."

The Orioles will start a four-game series against the Chicago White Sox tomorrow night.

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