"You've got a guy who's kind of scattering it around a little bit," manager Buck Showalter said of Rodney. "He's trying to go away on that pitch. As a hitter, you get a feel for the catcher moving and where he's coming, and then throw it all the way across the plate. Someone said it may have nicked the corner of the plate. I know it's close. It's one of those 50-50 calls."
Rodeny struck out Steve Pearce -- fooling him on a few changeups -- next before J.J. Hardy's flare brought the deficit within two. But pinch-hitter Travis Snider grounded out to end the game.
"We haven't played consistent baseball all year," Pearce said of an Orioles club that is 17-20 on the year. "It's still early. We're only 3 1/2, 4 1/2 games out of it. We haven't been playing good baseball all year, and we're still right here. We have a chance to turn this thing around. We're not pressing yet. We're only a quarter of the way through the season."
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.