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Didn't watch the game, but from the box score it looks like just "one of those nights" where the bats all went cold. Great effort from Tillman to go 7 innings with only 2 runs allowed. Sure it's against the Rays but you can't expect to pitch a shutout against anyone in the MLB. Good work from the BP too. Hoping the starters and BP can build on the past few games of good performances.

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Two things about this loss bothered me.

1. It seems like every time we lose a close game to the Rays, Longoria is a key part of it. You can't let him beat you, and you can't walk the guy who bats in front of him. Last night, that was Asdrubal Cabrera, who hits third while sporting a .205 BA and a .547 OPS. So he walks, Longoria gets a hittable pitch, and that's that.

2. I'll buy that Colome and the Rays BP were hard to hit, but Colome didn't seem to have great control. Yet there were only a handful of patient ABs by the Orioles, and they drew zero walks to go with their 13 Ks. Colome threw just 60 pitches in 5 innings.

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