Painful close

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them­selves out­side the play­off mix.

The lat­est loss ended with up-and-down slug­ger Chris Davis tak­ing a called third strike with the bases loaded in a one-run game, af­ter Seat­tle Mariners closer Ed­win Díaz nearly giftwrapped the Ori­oles a win.

Af­ter­ward, the Ori­oles re­treated to the visit­ing club­house at Safeco Field fol­low­ing their 7-6 loss to pack their equip­ment bags won­der­ing what could have been. Their trip to Ana­heim, Oak­land and Seat­tle ended with a 4-6 record and with­out a series win af­ter they dropped two of three to the Mariners on the fi­nal leg.

“I as­sess it that it’s over, it’s be­hind us, what­ever hap­pened,” Ori­oles man­ager Buck Showal­ter said. “There was a chance for it to be bet­ter. I’m not go­ing to say a chance for it to be worse. I’m not go­ing to look at it that way. We had some op­por­tu­ni­ties and we also won some games in tough places and stayed en­gaged in the com­pe­ti­tion, and we’ve given our­selves a chances these last six weeks.”

Four of their six losses on this


Mark Trumbo is hit by a pitch, forc­ing in a run in the ninth to cut the Ori­oles’ deficit to 7-6. Four of the club’s six losses on their 10-game West Coast road trip were by two runs or fewer.

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