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WHEELS COME OFF:: When you're talking about an Orioles starter these days, the question really isn't whether they'll lose control, it's when. Radhames Liz fell apart in the third, largely because of two one-out walks that loaded the bases. David Ortiz hit a two-run double, Dustin Pedroia hit a sacrifice fly and Mark Kotsay hit an RBI double. All of a sudden, the Orioles trailed 4-0, and it got progressively worse.

REMEMBER WHEN? : When Fernando Cabrera struck out Coco Crisp in the fifth inning, it marked the first called third strike for an Orioles pitcher in 12 2/3 innings.

PLAY AT THE PLATE:: The Orioles have a hard enough time scoring on Jon Lester without being denied on a botched call. In the second inning, plate umpire Jim Joyce punched out Ramon Hernandez trying to score on Oscar Salazar's fly ball. Hernandez clearly got his hand in before catcher Jason Varitek made the tag.

RAMON AT FIRST:: After fouling a ball off his leg in the top of the eighth, Kevin Millar was hobbled and manager Dave Trembley sent Hernandez, who started at catcher, to replace him at first base. It was Hernandez's first chance at first base this season.

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