For old time's sake, Orioles deep-six Cards...Athletics build lead to 4
The Orioles swatted six home runs in their 12-2 laugher. The Orioles moved 17 games over .500 and maintained their five-game lead atop the AL East.
J.J. Hardy hit two of the six. Hardy hit a solo shot and a three-run drive for his 11th multihomer game. Manny Machado, Adam Jones, Chris Davis and Ryan Flaherty also connected as Baltimore, which reached double figures in runs for the first time since April 24.
The six homers came on a night when the Orioles were celebrating their 60th year in Baltimore with past sluggers Frank Robinson, Brooks Robinson, Eddie Murray, Boog Powell, Ken Singleton, Cal Ripken and Brady Anderson among those in attendance. By comparison, the Orioles' leading home run hitter during their inaugural 1954 season in Baltimore was Vern Stephens with eight.
In other MLB action:
- The New York Yankees scored five in the first and five more in the sixth and held off Cleveland 10-6. Carlos Beltran hit a grand slam and drove in five runs. Derek Jeter tied Honus Wagner with his 3,430th hit in a five-run first. The Yanks are five back of the Orioles.
- Oakland improved baseball's best record to 71-44 by holding off Minnesota 6-5. Scott Kazmir improved to 13-4. Coco Crisp hit a bases-loaded triple. The Athletics have beaten the Twins 11 straight times.
- The Athletics now own a four-game lead in the AL West. That's because the L.A. Angels lost 4-2 to Boston. Mike Napoli hit his 14th homer for the Red Sox.
- Mike Zunino hit a three-run homer, Hisashi Iwakuma pitched seven innings and the Seattle Mariners beat the Chicago White Sox 4-1 for their fourth straight victory. Zunino moved into a tie for the major league lead in home runs by a catcher with his 18th of the season.
- Freddie Freeman and brothers B.J. and Justin Upton, all touched Stephen Strasburg with early home runs and Tommy LaStella added a solo shot as the Atlanta Braves snapped their eight-game losing streak by holding off Washington 7-6. The Braves led 7-0 after five innings. The victory cuts the Nationals lead to three and a-half games over the Braves. Strasburg fell to 8-10.
- The Milwaukee Brewers routed the L.A. Dodgers 9-3 in a matchup of division leaders. Rickie Weeks hit a three-run homer and Gerardo Parra had two hits and two RBIs.
- Kansas City doubled up San Francisco 4-2 in interleague play. Billy Butler homered and drove in three runs. The Royals have won five straight.
- Miami nipped Cincinnati 2-1. Nathan Eovaldi held Cincinnati to five hits over eight shutout innings. Giancarlo Stanton hit his NL-leading 28th homer.
- Pittsburgh's Gregory Polanco and Josh Harrison had three hits each and Vance Worley outdueled Ian Kennedy as the Pirates beat the San Diego Padres 2-1.
- Bartolo Colon pitched eight innings for his 200th career victory, Travis d'Arnaud homered and the New York Mets held on for a 5-4 victory over Philadelphia.
- Nick Castellanos tied the game with a two-run homer in the ninth inning and Eugenio Suarez followed with a go-ahead shot as the Detroit Tigers rallied to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4.
- Houston won the battle of Texas by beating the Rangers 4-3. Robbie Grossman's two-run homer gave the Astros the victory. Chris Carter hit his 25th homer for the Astros.
- Arizona jumped on Colorado for three runs in the first inning and coasted past the Rockies 5-3. Miguel Montero hit his 12th homer for the D-Backs.
-Kevin Kiermaier, who entered the game in the eighth inning, drove in the game-winning run with a single in the 10th to give the Tampa Bay Rays a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.
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