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Adam Eaton pitched his heart out Thursday night, answering the criticism from all quarters. Eaton, who had thrown 193 pitches just to get through eight innings in his first two starts, struck out nine batters for the first time since 2005 and earned his first win since last July.

And when it was all done, he walked off the field to a rousing ovation from the Camden Yards faithful. Eaton acknowledged the reaction by twice touching his cap, and after the game, manager Dave Trembley lauded the crowd for the appropriate response.

“I dare say the people who were here tonight, when Eaton walked off that mound, they gave it back,” he said. “You give an honest effort, you do well, you’ll get reciprocated for it. You don’t do well, you deserve to get whatever comes with it. Everybody knows that. Everybody’s a big boy here. But it’s nice to know that people appreciate it.”

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