‘‘That last at-bat that I had with the bases loaded was obviously the key at-bat of the game,’’ McLouth said. ‘‘I missed my pitch 0-1. He gave me a fastball that caught a lot of the plate and I fouled it back. He just made a really good pitch 1-2 and I wasn’t able to come through.’’
Called up from the minors in August after being acquired from Pittsburgh in late May, McLouth was the Orioles steadiest bat these five games. He went 7 for 22 (.318) with a team-high three RBIs in the series.
The guys in the middle were duds. Jones went 2 for 23. Wieters was 3 for 20. Chris Davis 4 for 20. They had no RBIs and Wieters’ double was their only extra-base hit.
‘‘We fought, fought, fought,’’ Jones said. ‘‘It’s just unfortunate a lot of guys got cold at the wrong time.’’