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O's rally falls short after Gausman's tough start

Consecutive HRs can't overcome 5-run hole dug by bloop hits, poor D
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BALTIMORE -- The Phillies committed two errors in one inning on Thursday night at Camden Yards. But it was the holes in Orioles starter Kevin Gausman's outing that proved much more costly.

Gausman, who followed a clunker by fellow rotation mate Dylan Bundy, surrendered a career-high 12 hits -- many of them bloopers -- and five runs over five-plus innings in the one-game 5-4 make-up loss to the Phillies.

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BALTIMORE -- The Phillies committed two errors in one inning on Thursday night at Camden Yards. But it was the holes in Orioles starter Kevin Gausman's outing that proved much more costly.

Gausman, who followed a clunker by fellow rotation mate Dylan Bundy, surrendered a career-high 12 hits -- many of them bloopers -- and five runs over five-plus innings in the one-game 5-4 make-up loss to the Phillies.

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"It's been a long time since I've seen that many poorly-hit balls fall for a hit," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "I think it was like three out of 14 hit hard, maybe four if you go back through it. Just snake-bit tonight. [Gausman] couldn't catch a break. I've got no fault with the way Kevin pitched tonight. He deserved a lot better fate."

Video: PHI@BAL: Orioles discuss the 5-4 loss to the Phillies

Despite back-to-back homers by Trey Mancini and Jace Peterson in a three-run seventh, the O's -- who have just three wins since June 24 -- couldn't dig out of the early hole. The loss drops them to 26-68 on the season, the most games under .500 at any point for the organization since 1988.

"Any loss by one run is a tough loss. You've got to keep grinding, and at some point, things will even out," said Gausman, who exited after a sixth-inning homer by Jorge Alfaro and consecutive singles to end his first half 4-7 with a 4.33 ERA in 19 starts. "But obviously, right now, we're not where we want to be."

Baltimore, unable to capitalize on the pair of Phillies errors in the second inning, continued to showcase its own defensive warts with several players out of position and two charged errors (Mancini and Tim Beckham) in its own right.

But the most mystifying part of the Orioles' latest defeat was Gausman, who entered the game with quality starts in three of his last four outings. The righty cruised early as the 6 p.m. ET start gave way to favorable shadows, and Gausman took full advantage. But four singles in the third led to a pair of runs, and a hit batter, a walk and two more hits in the fourth allowed the Phillies to post a four-run cushion.

"I've never been a part of something like tonight, where it was so extreme. They probably had 10 hits that were pretty bloop hits, throughout the whole night," Gausman said of his 99-pitch outing. "That's the crazy thing -- I came out of the game and they were still doing it. They obviously had a good scouting plan, and just tried to make contact."

The Orioles offense responded in the seventh, homering on back-to-back pitches to pull within a run.

Mancini struck first, blasting a two-run homer off starter Nick Pivetta for his 12th homer of the year and snapping an 0-for-15 skid. Mancini, who was out of the starting lineup on Wednesday to get a little bit of a mental break, sent a 1-1 fastball into center field to also score Mark Trumbo.

Video: PHI@BAL: Mancini, Peterson belt back-to-back jacks

"It felt good at the time," Mancini said. "You never feel too good after a loss. But I've been working on some things a lot, so hopefully it will start to show up soon."

Pivetta exited after that two-out homer, but the O's offense didn't stop there. Peterson sent the first pitch he saw from right-handed reliever -- and former Oriole -- Tommy Hunter over the out-of-town scoreboard in right field. The pair of dingers marked the sixth time this season the O's have gone back-to-back.

MOMENT THAT MATTERED
Orioles can't cash in: A pair of Phillies miscues gave the O's two one-out baserunners in the second inning off of Pivetta and a wild pitch made it second and third. Adam Jones reached on an error to lead off.

Video: PHI@BAL: Jones reaches on Santana's error in 2nd

After Chris Davis struck out, Trumbo would also reach on an error, but Chance Sisco struck out and Mancini grounded out to keep the game scoreless. The missed chance would come back to haunt them later on.

Video: PHI@BAL: Trumbo and Jones safe after errant throw

SOUND SMART
The Orioles finish up the season series 0-4 against the Phillies and have lost 20 of their last 24 games at home.

HE SAID IT
"I try not to live in the world -- the reality of a loss. We were down 5-0 with a lot of things kind of out of your control, and the baseball gods -- so to speak -- not being kind to Kevin and the team. Our guys said, 'The heck with it' and battled back and got within a run. So I don't feel that way, no." -- Showalter, when asked if Thursday was a particularly tough defeat

UP NEXT
The Orioles will open a three-game series with the Rangers on Friday night, with righty Alex Cobb opposing Texas lefty Cole Hamels. Cobb will make his scheduled start after a blister forced him to leave his previous start early. He took the loss in that outing after allowing five earned runs on seven hits and one walk in five innings. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. ET.

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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