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McLouth enjoys career game against Royals

McLouth enjoys career game against Royals

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KANSAS CITY -- Orioles left fielder Nate McLouth, who has been a catalyst for the team's lineup all season, reached base five times for the first time in his career in Monday's 9-2 win over the Royals.

McLouth, who has posted a .290/.363/.413 line in 73 games from the leadoff spot, went 2-for-3 with a triple and three walks in the O's series-opening win against Kansas City, and has been a big part of the Orioles' recent success early in games.

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"They walked him, but he was selective. So, there's two sides of that," said manager Buck Showalter, whose club has outscored opponents 16-1 in the first three innings the past four games. "Nate's been pretty consistent since Day 1, that's kind of what his personality is about, too. There's a lot of guys in here I have no worries, I know what I'm getting when they walk through the door. Nate brings what this club is supposed to bring.

"He's been on the other side of the fence. A lot of people think the grass is greener somewhere else. Nate's a guy who has been around. He likes it here, he knows we get what it brings, and he's going to bring it. It's just a good place for him. He doesn't get outside of what he is."

McLouth signed a one-year deal to return to Baltimore last winter and he's played his way into an everyday spot in the lineup.

"It's how I hoped it would work out," said McLouth, whose signing is even more important, given left fielder Nolan Reimold's season-ending spinal correction surgery. "It wasn't something I thought a ton about. I thought if I came in and did what I knew I could do, this would be what happened. It's worked out well."

Since the All-Star Break, McLouth has gone 8-for-16 (.500) with a double, two triples and an RBI, and he extended his career-high in stolen bases to 25 this weekend in Texas. He owns a .286/.358/.419 line through 100 games overall.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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