BALTIMORE -- After the Orioles went without a homer in the first three games of the series while the Red Sox belted 12, Baltimore ended the power slump with a season-high seven homers to earn a 12-7 victory in Thursday night's series finale at Camden Yards.Mark Trumbo and Adam Jones
BALTIMORE -- After the Orioles went without a homer in the first three games of the series while the Red Sox belted 12, Baltimore ended the power slump with a season-high seven homers to earn a 12-7 victory in Thursday night's series finale at Camden Yards.
Mark Trumbo and Adam Jones both went deep twice and Manny Machado blasted a two-out, three-run homer in the seventh inning off reliever Junichi Tazawa to break a 5-5 tie. The O's homered in five straight innings, including Francisco Pena's first career long ball in his Baltimore debut, to overcome a rocky sixth from starter Ubaldo Jimenez, who surrendered five runs in the frame after allowing just one hit in the first five innings.
"Runs are runs," said manager Buck Showalter, whose Orioles scored 13 runs without a long ball Wednesday. "You're going to need all you can get against them."
In the sixth, Xander Bogaerts extended his hitting streak to 26 games with a two-run single off Jimenez. Slugger David Ortiz then took Jimenez deep for a three-run shot to give Boston a 5-4 lead, but it wasn't nearly enough to overcome the Orioles' power surge. Boston starter Rick Porcello allowed five runs on six hits in six innings. He was plagued by the long ball, surrendering three for the first time since July 1, 2015.
"It was a function of two poor pitch selections," Porcello said, alluding to Trumbo's two-run shot in the fourth and Jones' solo shot in the fifth. "Those two -- the curveball to Jones and the changeup to Trumbo were tough to swallow. Those were poor pitch selections on my part. I had other weapons that I could have gone with and with the stuff I felt like I had tonight, it's tough giving up those two."
Despite dropping the first two games, the Orioles split the series to pull within one game of the first-place Red Sox in the American League East.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Bogaerts keeps hitting streak intact: On Bogaerts' hit to extend his streak to 26 games, Christian Vazquez and Mookie Betts both scored to cut the Orioles' lead to 4-2. Bogaerts' streak is tied for the second-longest among shortstops in Red Sox history (Nomar Garciaparra; 30 in 1997). More >
Twice as nice: Trumbo blasted a pair of homers to move into a tie with the White Sox's Todd Frazier for the American League lead with 17. After belting a 441-foot, two-run homer in the fourth with an exit speed of 115 mph, the fourth-hardest in the Majors this season per Statcast™, Trumbo took Porcello deep again on a 0-1 changeup in the sixth to tie the game, a 458-foot blast with an exit speed of 112 mph as tracked by Statcast™.
"I've seen him play for five, six years now," Jones said of Trumbo. "I've been able to see a lot of his home runs, and now I'm glad they're for us instead of against us." More >
Ortiz goes deep again: Ortiz extended his own hitting streak to nine games, with a three-run homer over the right-field wall. The blast gave Boston five runs in the sixth and a 5-4 lead before Jimenez could record the first out. Ortiz connected on a 2-1 pitch for his team-leading 16th home run and his fifth in the past six games. Ortiz broke a tie with Jim Rice for the third-most RBIs in franchise history with 1,454. His 519 homers leave him two shy of tying Willie McCovey, Frank Thomas and Ted Williams for 19th place.
"David did a great job with that home run," Bogaerts said. "He's been kind of putting the team on his back the whole year, so he'll just continue to be like that, hopefully."
Smooth start, rocky finish: With his spot in the rotation potentially at stake, Jimenez toed the rubber and dominated early. The righty retired the first 10 hitters in order and didn't allow a hit until Hanley Ramirez singled up the middle to lead off the fifth. But Jimenez ran into trouble the third time through the order, allowing all six batters he faced in the sixth inning to reach. He's allowed 28 runs (24 earned) in his past 21 2/3 innings.
"I had a tough inning," Jimenez said. "That's not going to erase how I felt in the first five innings. That's what I'm going to take for tomorrow, for the next day, and get ready for whenever I have to pitch next."More >
Red Sox bullpen falters: Porcello's night was done after six innings with the game tied at 5, but the Boston bullpen could not contain Baltimore's explosive bats. Robbie Ross Jr. allowed the first two batters he faced to reach to lead off the seventh, and both Ryan Flaherty and Pena would score on Machado's three-run homer off Tazawa. In the eighth, Tazawa allowed Pedro Alvarez's long ball before Noe Ramirez allowed homers to Pena and Jones -- the first two batters he faced in the Majors since April 23. In the past two games, Boston's bullpen threw 7 2/3 innings, allowing 12 hits and 11 runs (10 earned). More >
"We come through seven games in difficult environments on the road, and with our young players, these games are going to serve us well as we continue to go through the season. They're hard-fought games, but the inability to control our side of the inning on defense, particularly from the mound, that showed up here repeatedly." -- manager John Farrell, on the Red Sox's 3-4 road trip, in which they averaged more than seven runs per game in the four defeats
"It means I've been here a long time." -- Jones, whose second homer was the 200th of his O's career
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According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Red Sox are the second team in the past 75 years to have two players with hitting streaks of at least 26 games in the same season (Jackie Bradley Jr., 29; Bogaerts, 26). The 1999 Blue Jays are the other (Shawn Green, 28; Shannon Stewart, 26).
UPON FURTHER REVIEW
The Red Sox challenged Machado's slide in the fourth, arguing he interfered with Bogaerts as he attempted to turn a double play on Chris Davis' grounder. After a one-minute, 59-second review, the play stood as called.
Red Sox: The Red Sox send David Price to the mound as they begin a weekend series against the Blue Jays at Fenway Park. Price (7-1, 5.11 ERA) threw 6 ⅓ innings and allowed five hits and two runs in a 5-3 win in Toronto May 29. He is 17-2 lifetime against the Blue Jays with a 2.43 ERA.
Orioles: Baltimore welcomes a struggling Yankees squad to Camden Yards for a three-game set. Chris Tillman (7-1, 2.92 ERA) will look to build on a strong first two months of the season in the series opener.
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Ryan Baillargeon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore and covered the Orioles on Thursday.
Ben Raby is a contributor to MLB.com.