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King of the Hill

Orioles starter Rich Hill pitched seven scoreless innings, retiring the final 14 hitters he faced, and didn't allow a base runner after yielding a one-out single to Yuniesky Betancourt in the third. He had seven strikeouts and threw a season-high 106 pitches. Hill's outing gave the Orioles four consecutive quality starts, their most since they had six straight April 28-May 3 last season.

Gifts that keep on giving

Adam Jones and George Sherrill, both acquired in the trade with Seattle for Erik Bedard, factored in the outcome. Jones doubled in the sixth, scoring the game's lone run on a sacrifice fly by Aubrey Huff, and Sherrill worked a scoreless ninth for his 11th save of the season.

The road ahead

The Orioles (24-28) opened their six-game West Coast road trip with a 1-0 win Monday, improving to 8-15 away from Camden Yards and 6-6 in one-run games. They've won seven of their past 10 games overall. The Orioles conclude their series in Seattle at 10:10 tonight when Brad Bergesen (2-2, 4.94) faces Mariners left-hander Jason Vargas (2-0, 1.65), who allowed two runs and four hits in 6 1/3 innings in a win over the Los Angeles Angels in his last start.

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