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Cashner done in by tough 6th inning as O's fall

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BALTIMORE -- Andrew Cashner hasn't won in his past seven starts, and other than one tough inning on Wednesday afternoon at Camden Yards, he pitched well enough against the Phillies to end that streak.

Unfortunately, Cashner's opposite, Nick Pivetta, limited the Orioles to two hits and one walk in seven innings, striking out a career-high 11 batters as Baltimore lost, 4-1.

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BALTIMORE -- Andrew Cashner hasn't won in his past seven starts, and other than one tough inning on Wednesday afternoon at Camden Yards, he pitched well enough against the Phillies to end that streak.

Unfortunately, Cashner's opposite, Nick Pivetta, limited the Orioles to two hits and one walk in seven innings, striking out a career-high 11 batters as Baltimore lost, 4-1.

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Cashner (1-5) was the hard-luck loser, allowing three runs on five hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings.

"I thought I threw the ball well. In that sixth inning, the ball kept slipping out of my hand," Cashner said. "It got pretty wet there and I just have to execute better."

Video: PHI@BAL: O's turn strike-'em-out, throw-'em-out DP

Cashner, who signed with the O's as a free agent in the early days of Spring Training, won his second start of the season. Since then, he has had four losses and three no-decisions.

"It can't go this bad the whole season," Cashner said. "You can get frustrated and get down, but you just have to trust the process and keep going."

Orioles manager Buck Showalter was happy with what he saw from Cashner.

"Cash pitched well. We just didn't score," Showalter said. "We had one run and, what, four hits? … For us, that's where it lies for me. Just didn't do a whole lot, and the balls we did hit hard were in the wrong places."

Video: PHI@BAL: Showalter on Cashner's strong start

The Orioles' No. 3-4-5 hitters -- Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop and Mark Trumbo -- were hitless in 12 at-bats. Pivetta struck out Trumbo in all four at-bats.

Adam Jones hit his seventh homer in the first inning, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. Jones' career-long hitting streak is 20 games, from May 10-29, 2012.

Video: PHI@BAL: Jones belts a solo home run to center field

The Orioles won five of their eight games on their homestand, their first winning one of the season. They now have an 11-game road trip to play the Red Sox, White Sox and Rays.

"It's nice that we're building on something," Jones said. "I think we swung the bats on this homestand really, really well, so let's just try and build on that and keep swinging the bats in Boston and Chicago and Tampa, but let's start tomorrow in Boston and keep the bats hot. Keep the same approach we had the last couple of days and just try and barrel the ball up -- not try and hit the ball too far, but hit the ball hard."

Jones' home run was the only offense the O's could muster. The Phillies took control in the sixth, scoring three runs. Cesar Hernandez hit his fifth home run of the year, leading off against Cashner to tie the score at 1. Run-scoring singles by Maikel Franco and Pedro Florimon gave the Phils a 3-1 lead.

In the seventh, Hernandez's one-out triple was followed by Rhys Hoskins' double to make it 4-1.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
The Orioles had two of their four hits in the eighth. Trailing by three runs, Chance Sisco singled, and with out out, Jace Peterson doubled against former Oriole Tommy Hunter. With runners on second and third, Luis Garcia walked Trey Mancini to load the bases, but Jones flied to short center and Machado grounded to short, ending the threat.

SOUND SMART
The Orioles were held to four hits, the ninth time in 42 games they've had four or fewer hits. Not surprisingly, they've lost all nine of those games.

HE SAID IT
"I like the fact that he goes after hitters. He's not afraid. He pumps everybody up on the bench. He's into the game, if he's starting or not. The energy that he brings on an daily basis is contagious. That's something that I love to see, especially out of the starters. Get everybody up, even when it's not their turn to pitch." -- Jones, on what he likes about Cashner

UP NEXT
Kevin Gausman takes the mound as the Orioles begin a four-game series with the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Thursday. Gausman (3-2, 3.18 ERA) -- who allowed a career-high 11 hits, but only two runs, in his last outing -- hasn't lost in his past three starts. Game time is 7:10 p.m. ET. David Price goes for Boston.

Rich Dubroff is a contributor to MLB.com

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