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Arrieta has career-worst outing as Orioles fall to Phillies, 9-6

Opening Day starter is now 2-8 with a 6.32 ERA

June 09, 2012|By Dan Connolly

"It didn't get off to a great start, down 7-0 in the second inning, but you see the fight in this team," Jones said. "We put up six when we were down by seven right out of the gate. It was too big of a hole to crawl out of, but we sure ... tried to escape it."

The Orioles (32-26) have lost nine of their past 12 and 12 of 17, and fell from first place to third in the American League East with wins Friday night by the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees.

"We're not playing the best baseball right now. We can easily change that around, but it's still a collective effort," Jones said. "We're going to sit on this loss tonight. Everybody in here is [upset] when we came in here after the game."

No one, though, was more affected than Arrieta, who might not get a chance to redeem himself right away.

"I can get big league hitters out. There's no question about that, and I can do it at a high level," he said.

"Just not being able to put it together for a complete start right now in a stretch of four or five outings is very frustrating. I think everyone here knows what I can do. Going out there tonight in front of 40,000 people and having a clubhouse full of guys out there who count on you to go out there, and [you] give it up like that is pretty frustrating."

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