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Manny (3 HRs) walks O's off with epic slam

August 18, 2017

BALTIMORE -- There's hot, there's two homers in a game, and then there's a walk-off grand slam for your third homer of the game. It's the latter territory where Manny Machado finds himself right now. Machado's eighth homer of August, and third of the night, was a game-ending slam as

BALTIMORE -- There's hot, there's two homers in a game, and then there's a walk-off grand slam for your third homer of the game. It's the latter territory where Manny Machado finds himself right now. Machado's eighth homer of August, and third of the night, was a game-ending slam as the Orioles beat the Angels, 9-7, at Oriole Park on Friday night.
Machado's seven RBIs almost single-handedly propelled the O's to the come-from behind win, which pulled them within two games of the Angels and Twins for the second American League Wild Card spot.

"I was looking for a pitch and I got it," Machado said of his 26th homer of the year, which caused a mob scene at home plate after he tossed his helmet to the side in glee. "I made a good swing on it. Off the bat, I knew it was going to go far. It's always good to get yourself in the situation that you could try to put the team above you, and try to go for it."

Machado, who hit an 0-1 pitch from Keynan Middleton for his 26th homer of the year, turned in his fourth career walk-off hit and his third career walk-off homer in the process. Machado also went deep in the third and fifth innings off of Angels starter Andrew Heaney.
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"I cannot tell you how hard it is to do, but there's always that potential when you're dealing with guys like Manny," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Machado's impressive night. "I know sometimes because of how fluid he is, sometimes people don't know how much he cares and how hard he works."

The O's' late effort, which included a leadoff single that marked the first career Major League hit for Rule 5 pick Anthony Santander, handed the red-hot Halos just their second loss in nine games.

The Angels hit five home runs including Jose Pujols' historic shot in the defeat. Michael Trout, Kole Calhoun, C.J. Cron, Kaleb Cowart and Pujols each went deep, with Pujols' two-run shot off Orioles starter Jeremy Hellickson in the first inning moving him into eighth place on baseball's all-time home run list. Pujols (609) also tied Sammy Sosa for the most homers hit by a foreign-born player.

"Every time [Albert] hits them, he's catching somebody and putting himself in a sentence with somebody," Angels manager Mike Scoiscia said.
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Heaney allowed five earned runs over five innings, allowing seven hits and striking out five in his first MLB appearance since April 5, 2016. Hellickson turned in his worst outing since joining Baltimore at the non-waiver Trade Deadline, surrendering four homers over his first four outs. The O's righty went 4 2/3 innings and gave up seven earned runs.

Baltimore got five homers on the night as well, with Caleb Joseph and Mark Trumbo also going deep.

Petit, Halos' 'pen unravel:Yusmeiro Petit, who worked a scoreless eighth, got into trouble in the ninth. After Santander's single, pinch-hitter Seth Smith walked. That chased Petit from the game in favor of Middleton. After Timothy Beckham singled, Machado went deep on the second pitch he saw, sending it over the center-field fence.

"For a young player to go through the struggles he did [in the first half] with that kind of talent," Showalter said, "to get back is a real testament to him and his makeup."
Basher ball: The 42-minute rain delay didn't dampen the Angels' bats early against Hellickson. The first time through the batting order yielded four homers and a 5-0 lead, starting with the historic Pujols blast and ending with Cowart's solo drive. When Trout went deep, it marked the 38th time in franchise history the Angels hit at least five home runs in one game. The previous power display occurred Sept. 3, 2016, at Seattle.

"It's like a game where everybody's dunking. No [jump] shots tonight." -- Showalter, on the 10 homers hit by both teams

"I was warming up. Once Manny hit it, I knew it was gone. [Darren] O'Day would have disowned me had I not caught that ball." -- Orioles closer Zach Britton, on catching Machado's slam
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The Orioles challenged whether Trout was safe in his attempt to steal second base with two outs in the ninth inning. The on-field call of safe was overturned.

In the seventh, the Angels called for a replay after Ben Revere was ruled out at second on Trout's grounder. Jonathan Schoop dropped the ball while covering the base and attempting to transfer the ball from his glove for a throw to first. Revere was ruled safe.

Each of Cam Bedrosian's three previous appearances ended with the right-hander earning a save. He entered Friday's game with Los Angeles leading, something closers do. Except this time Bedrosian took the mound in the sixth inning rather than the customary ninth. With Scioscia using a "mix-and-match" approach, Petit, the third reliever used, worked the eighth and recorded one out in the ninth before leaving with two runners on.

"We thought we had Petit at the end for two [innings]," Scoiscia said. "That's what we thought going in, we could spend those other guys a little. Didn't quite get there."
Middleton entered aiming for his third save. Instead he allowed a single and Machado's game-winning grand slam.
Angels:JC Ramirez (10-10, 4.26) will aim for a better start in his second look at the Orioles this month on Saturday at 4:05 p.m. PT. Ramirez allowed six runs -- four on Machado's grand slam -- in seven innings in Los Angeles' 6-2 loss on Aug. 7. He bounced back with a solid five innings against Seattle last Saturday, settling for the no-decision in a 6-3 win. 
Orioles: The Orioles will send righty Kevin Gausman to the hill for Saturday night's 7:05 p.m. ET game against the Angels. After a rough start, Gausman has rebounded, pitching to a 3.26 ERA over his last three starts. The O's righty has a 5.08 ERA on the season.
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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for since 2010. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

Ben Standig is a contributor to and covered the Angels on Friday.