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Reimold is double trouble for Dodgers

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BALTIMORE -- Nolan Reimold has been hitting better the last two games, and that's helped the Orioles score consecutive victories.

Reimold hit a home run for the second straight game, and his tie-breaking two-run double in the bottom of the eighth inning gave the Orioles a come-from-behind 7-5 victory over the Dodgers in the first game of doubleheader Saturday before 26,811 at Camden Yards.

Reimold finished 2-for-4 with three runs batted in and has gone 3-for-7 in the last two games to increase his average from .189 to .227.

"It's been a slow start to the year, and I had nowhere to go but up," Reimold said. "We were able to keep battling and putting runs on the board until we came out on top."

Reimold helped the Orioles (9-7) battle back from an early 4-0 deficit.

Los Angeles scored three runs in the first and one more in the second before starter Jason Hammel settled down and blanked the Dodgers (7-9) for his final four innings.

That kept the Orioles close and gave them a chance to fight back.

"I thought I did pretty well keeping our guys in it and giving them a chance to battle back, and they did it," Hammel said. "It's nice to walk away from this with a win."

Orioles manager Buck Showalter liked the way his team made the necessary adjustments after the very slow start.

"What you're seeing in the first inning is not necessarily what you're going to be seeing in the fifth or sixth inning," Showalter said.

"Hopefully, we got some guys who are going to follow that lead. It's not woe is me or the sky is falling. It's OK, let's make an adjustment and let's get our team through this and get a chance to win the game."

The game was deadlocked, 5-5, when Chris Davis started the game-winning rally with one out in the eighth, greeting new reliever Paco Rodriguez (0-1) with a one-out double off the wall in center field.

Ronald Belisario came on to face J.J. Hardy, who drew a walk. Davis moved to third and Hardy to second when catcher Ramon Hernandez was charged with a passed ball on the first pitch to pinch-hitter Nate McLouth.

The Dodgers intentionally walked McLouth to load the bases.

Reimold sliced a two-run double down the right-field line to give the Orioles that 7-5 lead. Belisario has allowed all six inherited runners to score this season, but said he's going to focus on moving forward.

"It's kind of frustrating, but you know, we have to think for the next game," Belisario said. "I feel fine."

Darren O'Day (2-0) got the win, and Jim Johnson finished things off in the ninth for his seventh save.

The game swung back and forth after Los Angeles took that early 4-0 lead. The Orioles rallied and captured the lead with two runs in the sixth after Hardy's sacrifice fly and Steve Pearce's RBI single.

The lead didn't last long, as the Dodgers rallied against Pedro Strop in the top of the seventh, scoring the tying run on the right-hander's wild pitch that brought home Mark Ellis with Adrian Gonzalez at the plate.

The Dodgers took the lead in the first against Baltimore starter Jason Hammel. Ellis and Matt Kemp hit back-to-back one-out singles, and Andre Ethier crushed a three-run home run to right with two out for a 3-0 lead.

Ethier became the 67th player to hit a home run ball onto Eutaw Street at Oriole Park.

Ellis made it 4-0 with a sacrifice fly in the second, but the Orioles cut the lead in half in the bottom of the second when Hardy hit a two-run home run.

Reimold made it 4-3 with a two-out solo home run to left in the bottom of the fourth.

Hammel settled down after giving up that fourth run in the second and retired seven of the next eight batters, not giving a hit until Ellis' double and Kemp's infield single gave the Dodgers runners on first and third with one out in the fifth.

However, Hammel worked his way out of the jam with two strikeouts, keeping the Dodger lead at 4-3.

"I had to be a little more economical with the pitches or it was going to be a short day," Hammel said. "I just did a good of being aggressive and staying aggressive."

NOTES: The Orioles came into the game having won a franchise-record 98 straight games during the regular season when they were ahead after the seventh inning. That streak dates to Aug. 8, 2011. The Yankees of 1998-99 are the only team have a longer such streak, 116 victories. ... Nolan Reimold's fourth inning home run gave him round-trippers in his last two games. He hit a home run in Thursday's 10-6 extra-inning win over Tampa Bay. The Orioles were rained out on Friday. ... Adrian Gonzalez of the Dodgers entered the game with a .500 average with runners in scoring position (7-for-14). In addition, Gonzalez had a .333 average in that category since 2006, third best in the majors. ... Matt Kemp had a .121 average against right-handed pitchers going into this series, but he got a first-inning single off right-hander Hammel which helped set up an early three-run rally, then added an infield single in the fifth and another in the seventh.

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