Orioles' offense still looking for answers

Baltimore scratches across just one run in loss to Astros

Orioles' offense still looking for answers

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles had hoped scoring four runs in Monday's Memorial Day win would be enough to push the struggling offense over the hump. But Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Astros saw the bats go right back into hiding.

Baltimore had five hits, three of which belonged to Jimmy Paredes, on Tuesday and have now scored just seven runs over its last 40 innings. Take away Paredes and the O's, who have scored two or fewer runs in three of their last four games, were 2-for-25 off Houston starter Scott Feldman.

"We're pressing a little bit," said first baseman Chris Davis, who pushed the team's only run across on a sacrifice fly. "Myself, trying to go out there and do too much. I've got to swing at balls in the strike zone. That's one thing. It doesn't matter if your swing feels good or if it feels bad, if you're not swinging at balls in the zone, you're not giving yourself a chance.

Paredes' 6th-inning double

"That's probably the most frustrating thing for me. Right now, I'm going out there and doing all the work early and hitting in the cage and doing everything I can, and once the game starts trying to slow it down and really relax and kind of let the game come to you, just trying to do to much right now. At some point, it has to change."

O's starter Chris Tillman took the loss despite a quality seven-inning start, with the Astros adding two more runs off Brian Matusz, which were charged to Tommy Hunter.

Tillman's strong outing

"Tilly was the reason we were in the ballgame by the way he pitched," manager Buck Showalter said. "Of course, their guy [Feldman] pitched pretty well, too. We didn't make many adjustments to patterns we knew were coming.

"Once again, we can sit here and talk about all [the bullpen], and rightfully so, but just until we get some things going offensively, it really makes for a tough atmosphere to pitch in."

But how do the Orioles get going?

"I just think we've got to slow the game down," said Davis, who is batting .208 with a team-leading 64 strikeouts. "When you're not scoring a lot of runs, you're not swinging the bats well or like you know you can. The tendency is to press and try to overdo it, and I think you've seen that in the last few games, just guys getting out of their approach, out of their rhythm and trying to do too much with pitches that aren't good pitches to hit."

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.