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Lough's defense a high point for Orioles

BALTIMORE -- Two impressive catches by left fielder David Lough highlighted a strong defensive game by Baltimore in a 2-0 loss to Texas on Thursday night.

In the second inning, Lough, shaded toward center field, had a great jump on an Elvis Andrus fly ball down the left-field line. As the ball kept carrying, Lough kept sprinting, and eventually he made a leaping grab, colliding with the wall just below the foul pole.

"That was pretty early," Lough said. "I don't know if it was a point in time when I thought it was going to be a dogfight to the end, but it's unfortunate, because [starter Kevin Gausman] pitched such a good game, and we couldn't get any runs for him."

As Lough made the long jog back to the dugout, he received a long ovation from the impressed Baltimore fans.

In the eighth inning, with the game still scoreless, Lough robbed Robinson Chirinos of a base hit and the Rangers of a leadoff runner, charging and sliding to keep a flare from hitting the grass.

Video: [email protected]: Lough makes a fine sliding grab in left

"What a great game we had defensively," said manager Buck Showalter. "David made two good plays that not many left fielders make. Even the ball coming in looks semi-routine, but it's not, especially where he's playing."

Lough contributed offensively as well, with a pair of hits, and he was the only Orioles player to reach third base.

Jacob Emert is an associate reporter for
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