You gotta beat the teams you're supposed to beat. Yet the first-place O's fell to the Kansas City Royals, the second-worst team in the AL, 4-2 on Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards.
That being said, this was the first time all season that the Birds dropped back-to-back series, which is pretty amazing. The O's finished the homestand with a disappointing 2-4 record but are still tied with the Rays for first in the East.
Brian Matusz pitched a good game, allowing four runs (three earned) on three walks and seven hits over six innings, striking out five. Two of the hits went for solo homers. It was the second straight game the O's lost after getting a quality start after going 22-1 in that scenario since the start of the season. The bullpen allowed just one baserunner over the final three frames, but the damage had been done.
Offensively, the O's just couldn't get anything going...the club went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position and didn't score after the fourth inning. Adam Jones, who just a few hours earlier had agreed to a six-year contract extension, extended his career-best 18-game hitting streak with a double in the fifth inning.
The O's now head out on a nine-game divisional road trip starting in Toronto on Monday night. Tommy Hunter takes the mound for the Birds.