Matt Lindstrom categorized his latest struggles as both "inexplicable" and "unacceptable." The Marlins won despite Lindstrom's ninth-inning meltdown on Tuesday, one in which he fell apart with a seemingly safe 6-3 lead and two outs in the ninth. The Orioles strung together four straight singles, knocked Lindstrom out of the game, and managed to send it into extra innings by scoring the tying run off Brian Sanches.
It was the second straight game that Lindstrom allowed a 6-3 lead slip from his grasp after recording two quick outs. The only difference is that he managed to escape Sunday's near collapse with a 6-5 victory over the New York Yankees after making it close by giving up two runs in the ninth.
Lindstrom did not duck blame after Tuesday's mess.
"I just can't put my finger on anything," he said. "But I've got to do a better job. It's happend two or three times this year, and it's unacceptable."
Still, manager Fredi Gonzalez said he's sticking with Lindstrom as his closer.
-- Leo Nunez left the game with a sprained right ankle but Gonzalez said he doesn't think the injury is serious. He said Nunez recently tweaked the ankle and that Tuesday's problem might have stemmed from the tape job.