Newcomer Beckham hits O’s 10,000th homer in comeback win
baltimore — Tim Beckham stood in the Baltimore Orioles’ dugout, buoyed by the roar of fans at Camden Yards on Saturday night. After Beckham’s 15th home run of the season, in the eighth inning of Baltimore’s 5-2 win over the Detroit Tigers, the 33,911 fans stood cheering, asking for a curtain call from the newest Oriole. He emerged moments later, both hands in the air, and the crowd erupted.
A week ago, Beckham was with the Tampa Bay Rays, before he was traded to Baltimore at the trade deadline Monday. And now he is on a tear. He has multiple hits in each of his first five games with the Orioles and has homered in the last three. Of the 13 hits he has accumulated since the trade, seven of them have been for extra bases. And on Saturday he even earned a small place in Orioles history because the solo blast in the eighth inning was the 10,000th homer in franchise history.
“It’s a great feeling, just to come in and help the club win a couple of ballgames and be a part of the Orioles organization,” said Beckham, who is batting .650 for Baltimore.
After a month of deciding whether to buy or sell at the trade deadline, the Orioles didn’t trade away Zach Britton or Brad Brach. Instead, they acquired Beckham, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 draft. Beckham struggled to become the impact player in Tampa Bay that his draft slot might suggest, but he may well help the Orioles as they continue to push for a spot in the American League wild-card race. The Orioles (54-56) moved to within three games of the second wild card with Saturday’s win.
Baltimore fell behind early, in danger of losing its third straight against the Tigers following a five-game winning streak earlier in the week.
With a runner on first and one out in the top of the first, Baltimore starter Wade Miley threw Justin Upton a knee-high slider on the lower-inside corner that Upton sent to the seats in left.
But after the rough first inning, Miley pitched about as well as he did in his previous start — a win Sunday against the Texas Rangers. For the second consecutive outing, he allowed two runs on four hits in five innings with five strikeouts.
“I was able to get in a little rhythm there in the third, fourth and fifth,” Miley said. “I was able to get ahead. That’s the big key. I was getting ahead of guys.”
As Miley held the Tigers scoreless from the second through the fifth, the Orioles were able to tie the game against Detroit’s starter, Drew VerHagen.
In the third, Adam Jones doubled to the gap in left. One batter later, Jonathan Schoop did the same to slice the Tigers’ lead in half. Schoop’s hit produced his 80th RBI of the season, tying him with former Oriole and current Seattle Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz for the most RBI in the American League.
In the fifth, Jones sent a hanging curveball by VerHagen 391 feet to the left field bleachers. It was Jones’s 20th home run of the season, giving him seven straight seasons with at least that many.
VerHagen, making his second career start, was pulled after five. It was up to the Tigers’ bullpen to hold the Orioles. It didn’t.
Welington Castillo hit the goahead home run in the seventh inning. Then the Orioles added two more runs in the eighth, including one on Beckham’s latest homer.
“He’s the first overall pick,” Miley said. “I’m pretty sure he’s supposed to be doing some stuff like that.”
“It’s a great feeling, just to come in and help the club win a couple of ballgames,” said Tim Beckham, rounding the bases on a homer.