The Baltimore Orioles offense erupted for 10 runs on 13 hits as the Birds take two of three from the Oakland A’s and pull within two games of a wildcard spot with a 10-3 victory Sunday afternoon.
Baltimore scored in five different innings yesterday including three innings that produced multiple runs.
The Birds offense was in the mood to have the lead as they immediately answered an Oakland run in the first inning with two of their own in the bottom half courtesy of a RBI single from Adam Jones and a sac fly from Matt Wieters to take a 2-1 lead; a lead that the Orioles would not relinquish the rest of the afternoon.
Baltimore added three runs in the second, one run in the fourth and the sixth and three more in the eighth. Eight of the nine Orioles starters recorded at least one RBI, and seven of the starters also accrued a hit in the game, which is good to see the offense spread out as opposed to coming from two or three guys.
Nate McLouth and Manny Machado each had two RBI apiece to lead the team. McLouth (2-5, HR, double, two RBI), Machado (2-3, two RBI), Chris Davis (2-4, RBI), Nick Markakis (2-4, HR, double, RBI), and JJ Hardy (3-4, HR, double, RBI, three runs).
Markakis ended his 31 game streak without an extra base hit, and hit 51 game homerless streak yesterday as he did not only hit a home run, but also added a double for two extra base hits in the game.
"I'm just glad I hit the ball hard," Markakis said. "Where it goes, sometimes you have no control over it. I just want to go up with a good approach and hit the ball hard. Just continue to look for a good pitch, put a good swing on it, and wherever it goes, it goes."
Orioles starting pitcher Scott Feldman (4-3) struggled a little bit, but found a way to limit the damage and give the team at least five innings. Feldman only allowed three hits in his five innings of work, but he did give up four walks in the win. Bottom line for Feldman is that he found a way to limit the A’s offense to one run over his five innings.
In a series that was of vast importance, the Orioles seemed to return to their form a little bit as they ended up taking two of three from the second wildcard leading A’s to pull within two of a playoff spot.
The Orioles will enjoy an off day today before starting an absolutely HUGE nine game road trip where the Birds will play three teams in the AL Playoff race with three against the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians.
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