Baltimore Sun Sunday

Mountcastl­e’s big day

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In tearing up major league pitching in his first stint as an Oriole, Mountcastl­e lived up to the lofty expectatio­ns he carried with him to Camden Yards. After struggling in the opening month of his first full season as a big leaguer, he’s back to doing just that.

After batting .198 while struggling defensivel­y in April, Mountcastl­e has hit .308, slugged .596 and posted an OPS of .927 since. At .769, he has not ended a game with his OPS higher than when he completed his 35-game 2020 season at .878.

“I was seeing the ball well and I felt like I was on everything,” Mountcastl­e said.

After the Blue Jays’ two home runs off Kremer in the first inning, Mountcastl­e’s first home run in the second cut Toronto’s lead in half. Mullins tied the game in the third, Mountcastl­e’s two-run blast provided Baltimore its first lead in the fourth and Stewart quickly added to it before the benches-clearing plunking.

With a chance at the major leagues’ 17th four-home run game, Mountcastl­e smoked a 108.6 mph single to left on the first pitch he saw in the eighth for his second career four-hit day.

“He put on a show,” Kremer said.

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