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Guthrie at a loss; Reynolds erring often

Now 6-17 on the season after getting a loss in the Orioles' 8-1 defeat to the Tampa Rays today, Jeremy Guthrie is now tied for the sixth most losses in a single season in franchise history, and he still has as many as four starts remaining.

Guthrie also lost 17 games in 2009, and he's now the first pitcher since Kip Wells (2005 and 2007) to lose that many games twice in his career.

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Guthrie also now has 48 losses from 2009-11, nine more than any other pitcher in the big leagues during that span. Guthrie's former Cleveland Indians teammate, Fausto Carmona, is next at 39.

He also remains a decent candidate to become the first 20-game loser in the big leagues since Detroit Tigers' left-hander Mike Maroth dropped 21 decisions in 2003. The last Oriole to lose as many as 20 games was Don Larsen, who went 3-21 in 1954.

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"My main goal coming into the year was hopefully to win double-digit games for us," Guthrie said. "As it stands, I got four more chances to win four games and that would put me at 10, which is a small accomplishment for the season. That's what I've been shooting for. That's where my focus has been since Day One, to try to win and I haven't done a good job of that."

After excelling defensively the past couple of weeks as the regular first baseman, Mark Reynolds returned to third today and made two more errors.

Reynolds, making his first start at third since Aug.14, booted Brandon Guyer's two-out groundball with the bases loaded in the Rays' four-run third inning. That allowed one run to score and prolonged the inning for Reid Brignac to hit a three-run double. Reynolds then allowed Evan Longoria's hard groundball to get through his legs in the eighth inning.

The two errors gave Reynolds 26 for the season, a club record for a third baseman and the most for an Oriole at any position since Cal Ripken Jr. made 26 errors in 1985. The 26 errors are also tied for the sixth most in a single season in Orioles' history. Infielder Willy Miranda heads the list after making 34 errors in 1955.

"I mean, it sucks," said Reynolds who has started 111 games at third this season, and 24 at first. "I have been putting in a lot of work over at first. I haven't been back at third in a while. I guess [manager Buck Showalter] wanted to give a couple of guys the day and he asked if I would play third. I said, 'yeah, no problem.'

"It's crazy if you don't work at something how fast you feel a little awkward over there, but it's no excuse. I'm a freaking big league ballplayer, I should be able to field groundballs. It's very frustrating. I guess I'll just put in double work during [batting practice] taking groundballs at third and first."

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