Ori­oles hit six home runs in Mother’s Day rout of A’s

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By SEAN GRO­GAN

sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig

— Buck Showal­ter wanted to put on a show for the 43,690 fans that de­cided to spend a beau­ti­ful Mother’s Day af­ter­noon at Cam­den Yards.

The Bal­ti­more Ori­oles obliged their man­ager Sun­day, hit­ting a sea­son-high six home runs in an 11-3 rout of the Oak­land A’s.

“With all the weather and all the stuff that we’ve played in through this sea­son so far, you couldn’t have di­aled up a more per­fect day to play base­ball,” Showal­ter said. “You just re­ally want to play a good game, an en­ter­tain­ing game that you win on a day like to­day be­cause you don’t get many op­por­tu­ni­ties where you got a full house and the weather’s

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per­fect. It’s kind of a Bal­ti­more com­ing out af­ter the weather we’ve had in April … It kind of re­minds us why we do what we do, and a lot of peo­ple work 9-5 out in the stands, do what they do so they can come out and en­joy a day like to­day. That’s what I took out of it.”

April’s Amer­i­can League MVP Manny Machado pro­vided his fair­share of the en­ter­tain­ment with a pair of home runs, in­clud­ing an eighth-in­ning grand slam that opened the flood gates to bring the score to its 11-3 fi­nal. It marked Machado’s third ca­reer grand slam and sec­ond of the sea­son, while the six runs he bat­ted in were a ca­reer best.

“It’s a great day. I was able to out there and get some good swings and hit a cou­ple of homers,” he said. “It’s an over­all great game. I just got to take it in and then put it be­hind me, come out to­mor­row—new pitcher, new at bat, new at­mos­phere—and hope­fully get another win and put some more good swings on some balls.”

Machado’s big day at the plate came to the de­light of start­ing pitcher Chris Till­man, who over­came a shaky start to throw six and onethird in­nings.

“It’s al­ways fun to watch Manny,” Till­man said. “Al­ways has been, al­ways will be. As long as he’s here and we’re on the same team, it’s go­ing to be fun to watch. When I’m on the other side—if I’m on the other side, if he’s on the other side—it won’t be fun. He’s a good player, he’s got a bright fu­ture. He comes ev­ery­day ready to play and as a start­ing pitcher, you ap­pre­ci­ate that.”

Till­man gave up six hits and al­lowed three runs. All three runs and four of the hits came in the top of the first in­ning.

The right-han­der set­tled down to al­low just a pair of hits over five and one-third score­less in­nings. He struck out seven bat­ters on the af­ter­noon.

“He al­ways does it to me: He gets to 100 [pitches] in his best in­ning,” Showal­ter said.

Till­man struck out the side in or­der in the top of the fifth in­ning on a to­tal of 10 pitches. Af­ter walk­ing the first bat­ter in the sixth in­ning and strik­ing out the sec­ond, he was re­lieved by Brad Brach. Till­man has thrown at least 100 pitches in four-straight out­ings.

“They got some key hits and he got out of [the first] in­ning with just three runs,” Machado said. “Then we went back on that mound and dom­i­nated. That’s what he needs to keep do­ing, that’s what he’s been do­ing.”

Bal­ti­more (18-12) kept the fourth run of the open­ing in­ning off the board with an im­pres­sive re­lay from left fielder Joey Rickard, to Machado at short­stop, to catcher Matt Wi­eters, who tagged Oak­land’s Danny Va­len­cia out at home plate to es­cape the in­ning.

The Ori­oles quickly chipped away at their three­run deficit. Rickard earned a lead-off walk and Machado fol­lowed with his first home run of the af­ter­noon.

“It got us right back in the game. They picked me up huge,” Till­man said. “By the third in­ning we were back on top. I was hap­pier to see the de­fense. That de­fense was pretty spe­cial all the way around. The whole game, they hit a lot of hard-hit balls off of me that we made a lot of re­ally good plays on.”

Des­ig­nated hit­ter Pe­dro Al­varez and sec­ond base­man Jonathan Schoop led the sec­ond in­ning with back-to-back homers to put the Ori­oles ahead for good. Al­varez smacked his lead- off shot over the score­board in right field and out of Ori­ole Park. It be­came the first home run of the sea­son to land on Eutaw Street this sea­son and the 83rd to do so since the sta­dium opened in 1992.

“That was a big-ol’ boy home run, that one,” Showal­ter said.

Right fielder Mark Trumbo, who was a dou­ble shy of bat­ting for the cy­cle, hit a two-run blast in the third that scored Chris Davis. Bal­ti­more put two runs on the board in each of the first three in­nings.

Rickard joined the home run party the fol­low­ing in­ning with a solo shot to left for the Ori­oles’ sev­enth run and last un­til Machado’s grand slam in the eighth frame.

The six home runs al­lowed were the most by the A’s since April of 1994.

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