They hit a franchise-record eight home runs on Tuesday night in a 19-3 victory over the Phillies at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Manny Machado (twice), Chris Parmelee (twice), Jimmy Paredes, Chris Davis, David Lough and Ryan Flaherty each homered for Baltimore. They were the most homers the Orioles had hit in a game since moving to Baltimore.
"We squared up a lot of mistakes they made and had a lot of good at-bats with the walks," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "It just kind of snowballed."
The Orioles (33-31) have won 10 of their last 12 games to move two games over .500 for the first time since April 19.
The Phillies suffered their first winless road trip of eight or more games (0-8) since the franchise's inaugural season in 1883, when they went 0-9. They snapped a 24-inning scoreless streak with a run in the fourth. Maikel Franco hit a two-run homer in the sixth for the team's first homer since June 7.
"Well, it's not going over well with us here," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said, when asked how the road trip might have played with Phillies president Pat Gillick and others in the front office. "We've got to do something about it. We've got to come out and put together a game to get it going the other way. That's up to us down here. That's the way I look at that."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Homer-crazy Orioles: Machado got the offense going in the first inning with a leadoff home run to left. That was just the beginning. Machado blasted another home run to lead off the second, and Paredes and Parmelee both added homers in the frame. Lough hit a home run to right in the third and Davis smoked a long shot to right in the fourth. Davis' home run was the seventh of his career that landed on Eutaw Street, which is the most by an individual in Camden Yards history. Parmelee tied the club record in the sixth with his second shot, and Flaherty broke it with a solo home run to center in the eighth. The Orioles are the first Major League team to hit eight or more home runs in a game since the Red Sox hit eight on Sept. 4, 2013.
"You don't put much thought into that," Flaherty said. "It just was one of those things that kept going on and on and on and it was a good night to hit." More >
Anything but average debut: Parmelee was called up to Baltimore mainly because he had an opt-out clause in his contract for June 15. He was activated on Tuesday and made the most of his opportunity. In his Orioles debut, Parmelee went 4-for-6 with two home runs and two singles. It was his first four-hit game of his career and his second ever multi-home run game, the last one coming on June 22, 2013, against Cleveland. According to STATS LLC., Parmelee is the second Oriole since 1954 to hit two home runs in his Orioles debut, joining Sam Horn, who did so, April 9, 1990, at Kansas City.
"It's pretty special. I've always loved playing here at Camden," Parmelee said. "Yesterday I was actually sitting in here watching the game because I wasn't activated. That was torturous. Just watching the game from the TV knowing it's 100 feet outside. I wasn't too happy about that, but that's the way it goes." More >
Frenchy pitches: Things got so bad for the Phillies that right fielder Jeff Francoeur pitched the seventh and eighth innings. He had pitched 7 1/3 innings last season with Triple-A El Paso, but never in the big leagues. No matter. Frenchy pitched a perfect seventh inning, the first scoreless inning of the night for the Orioles, before allowing two runs in the eighth.
"It's not that easy, but it was fun -- getting a punch out, doing some [pitchers fielding practice], breaking a bat, giving up a homer, hitting a guy, walking a guy," Francoeur said. "I kind of got everything a pitcher experiences over a year in two innings. For me, the big thing was trying to save [the bullpen] because they had to throw extra innings in Pittsburgh." More >
Williams splits early: Phillies right-hander Jerome Williams already allowed four runs in the first inning when he uncorked a wild pitch to allow two more runs to score. But Williams strained his left hamstring when he unintentionally did a split while trying to field a throw at the plate from Carlos Ruiz. Williams left the game with a 6.43 ERA, which is the second-highest ERA among qualified pitchers in baseball. More >
SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS Phillies right-hander Dustin McGowan allowed five home runs in just 3 1/3 innings. He is the first reliever in franchise history to allow five home runs in a game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He is the first reliever to allow five homers in an appearance since Milwaukee's Andrew Lorraine in 2002, and the fifth reliever since 1914.
The 19 runs were the most Baltimore had scored since Sept. 28, 2000, when they scored 23 against the Blue Jays. The 19 runs were the most the Phillies had allowed since Sept. 4, 1999, when they allowed 22 to the Reds.
BILLINGSLEY PITCHES Phillies right-hander Chad Billingsley (strained right shoulder) made a rehab start with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He allowed three hits, one unearned run and one walk in three innings.
"I felt a lot more comfortable knowing that I'm coming back from a month off as opposed to two years off," said Billingsley, who missed two seasons following a pair of elbow surgeries.
WHAT'S NEXT Orioles: The Orioles will look for their third straight win over the Phillies when Ubaldo Jimenez (4-3, 3.19 ERA) takes the mound on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. ET in Philadelphia. He is coming off a win in his last start against the Yankees, but has never beaten the Phillies in his career. Jimenez has a lifetime 0-2 record and 11.25 ERA against Philadelphia in three starts.
Phillies: The Phillies have lost 12 consecutive games on the road, so they hope their luck improves at home. They open a two-game series Wednesday night against the Orioles at Citizens Bank Park. Right-hander Kevin Correia (0.00 ERA) makes his second start for the Phillies.