GAME SUMMARY: Rookie Lance McCullers limited the Orioles to a run on four hits in pitching a complete game as the Houston Astros beat Baltimore 3-1 on Wednesday night.
McCullers (2-0) struck out 11 and walked none in his fourth major league start.
Chris Carter homered twice and George Springer hit one off Miguel Gonzalez (5-4).
The Orioles (23-29) scored in the fourth on a triple by Adam Jones and a single by Delmon Young.
Gonzalez pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing just four hits. He struck out eight without walking any.
Houston (34-20) has its best record through 54 games in its history. The Orioles (23-29) have lost five straight.
THE GOOD: Gonzalez pitched effectively, but was undone by the home runs.
THE BAD: The Orioles swung at first pitch after first pitch against McCullers.
THE UGLY: The Orioles have now scored two or fewer runs in 19 of their 29 losses.
NOTABLE: The Orioles equaled their longest losing streak of the season.
STRUGGLING: With the loss, the Orioles are six games below .500 for the first time since September 2011.
OUCH: J.J. Hardy missed his third straight game with a sore left side. It’s unknown when he’ll return.
MINOR MATTERS: Bud Norris pitched four hitless innings against Gwinnett in his final rehab start. Matt Wieters, who will start on Friday at Cleveland was 3-for-5 with a home run in a doubleheader.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: Norris told the Virginian Pilot he didn’t know what came next. “You tell me and I’ll let you know. This Showalter guy, he keeps all of his chess pieces close, so I have no idea."
COMING UP: Wei-Yin Chen (1-4, 3.21) faces Dallas Keuchel (7-1, 1.76) on Thursday at 2:10 p.m.