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Orioles lose to Rangers 6-3, blooped, dribbled, and bludgeoned.

The Orioles lost tonight to the Rangers 6-3 on the backs of a disastrous and unfortunate 6th inning.

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The Battle of the Aces. Aces Wild. Ace Off. These are some of the terrible titles you could have used going into tonight's game. The very nature of a starting rotation is that someone is the number one starter and for the Orioles that's Chris Tillman. Well, for the Rangers it's Cole Hamels and Hamels is an actual ace whereas Tillman is one by subtraction. Tonight, neither of them pitched like one in a game the Orioles lost 6-3.

Both pitchers were able to work the first couple of innings clean with only one base runner allowed between them. The Orioles would touch up Hamels in the top of the third inning after a two out bloop double (this will not be the first time this phrase is used tonight) by Nolan Reimold and a line drive double to left field from the phenom Joey Rickard. 1-0 Orioles.

Well, the Orioles' lead did not last long as the Rangers would come back on Tillman in the bottom of the frame. A lead off walk to Elvis Andrus gave him first base and a wild pitch moved him up to second. With two down rookie Nomar Mazara blooped a ball in between second base and center field which scored Andrus. Hey there's that word again...bloop. 1-1 tie game.

The Orioles however would not let the tie long last as Mark Trumbo came up with two outs in the top of the fourth and absolutely destroyed an up and away fastball into right center field. An opposite field bomb. 2-1 Orioles.

Tillman was able to get out of the fourth clean. The fifth inning was a bit more difficult for Tillman helped out by some top notch defensive plays. A lead off double by Roughned Odor was negated after the Orioles caught him in a rundown on an Elvis Andrus fielders choice. The play did allow Andrus to get to second base. He was later thrown out at third base under odd circumstances. Delino DeShields Jr. singled up the middle, but it deflected off of Chris Tillman to Jonathan Schoop who hosed one to third to get Andrus who rounded third and tried to dive back in. The weirdness would only continue.

The sixth inning the Orioles batters would chase Hamels out the game which you would have thought portended well for their chances. A lead off walk from Chris Davis followed by a one out double by Matt Wieters brought J.J. Hardy to the plate with two on. Hardy singled, but the ball looked as if it might be caught which kept Wieters from running all out on contact. 3-1 Orioles. That chased Hamels from the game and Tom Wilhelmsen came in and got a double play ball from Schoop which ended the inning. Lost opportunities another theme for the Orioles throughout the game tonight. Hamels finished the night with 5.1 innings pitched, 7 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks, and 4 strikeouts. Hamels threw 106 pitches in the 5.1 innings. The Orioles were able to run him early, but did not take advantage of many of their run scoring opportunities.

Well, riding relatively high off of touching up and chasing Cole Hamels the Orioles were simultaneously nicked and bludgeoned to death. Nomar Mazara led off the inning with an almost ground ball double that split Reimold and Adam Jones in the outfield and rolled all the way to the wall. Then, with one down, Adrian Beltre came to the plate and hit a sharp single to center field. So first and third and one down. Not a great situation for a pitcher, but not the end of the world. Well, Mitch Moreland was up next and he hit a sky high pop up that fell in after long runs from both Rickard and Hardy. 3-2 Orioles and now men on second and third and still only one down.

Following that bloop, Ian Desmond hit a dribbler to the right side, but Chris Davis could not make the play at home or the play at first and another run scored. 3-3 tied. Then, Odor laced the first pitch from Tillman down the left field line for a double, 5-3 Rangers. What. Just. Happened. That chased Tillman who was charged another run on an Elvis Andrus single off of Mychal Givens. 6-3 Rangers. Final line for Tillman 5.1 innings pitched, 9 hits, 6 runs, 1 walk, and 1 strikeout. Somehow he deserved better and worse.

The seventh, eighth, and ninth innings went by quickly and without much in the way of action. Final score 6-3 Rangers. This loss drops the Orioles' team record to 7-2. Join us tomorrow to see if the Orioles can start another one of those winning streaks at 8:05pm EST to watch Vance Worley (0-1) face off against Martin Perez (0-1).