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Orioles recap: J.J. Hardy’s RBI single in 10th lifts Birds over Reds, 2-1

The Orioles didn’t necessarily bring their bats to Cincinnati, scoring a total of seven runs in their three games against the Reds at the Great America Ball Park, but they continued their early-season trend of emerging from close games victorious.

Shortstop J.J. Hardy provided the extra-inning heroics in Thursday night’s interleague series finale, hitting a two-out RBI single off reliever Blake Wood, scoring Mark Trumbo from second base for the winning run in the 2-1 victory.

After taking two of three in Cincinnati, the Orioles (10-4) have won six of their past eight games and finished their first road trip of the season — a three-city, nine-game trip through Boston, Toronto and Cincinnati (9-7) — with a 6-3 record. They are 4-0-1 in five series this season.

Eight of the Orioles’ 10 wins this season have been decided by two runs or fewer.

“Pitching, timely hitting, hit some homers, it’s kind of the way we expect to play,” Hardy said. “I don’t think we’re too surprised about the way things are turning out. We’ve got a lot of confidence in here.”

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