BALTIMORE -- These were the hits the Orioles have been waiting for. Jace Peterson recorded his first homer and notched four RBIs; Trey Mancini had a positive day with a slump-busting RBI single; and Mark Trumbo had three hits and finished a triple shy of the cycle.Nine players recorded a
BALTIMORE -- These were the hits the Orioles have been waiting for. Jace Peterson recorded his first homer and notched four RBIs; Trey Mancini had a positive day with a slump-busting RBI single; and Mark Trumbo had three hits and finished a triple shy of the cycle.
Nine players recorded a hit for the Orioles in Sunday's 10-4 win over the Marlins, with Dylan Bundy pitching six solid innings. The Father's Day victory was Baltimore's 20th win of the season and first in 10 games.
"I think that's a good sign," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of his team's offensive output Sunday. "It's going to take a long period of offensive success for us to kind of feel good as a group."
Baltimore entered the game 13-8 when it scored more than four runs in a game, and the offense pounded out six extra-base hits as part of a 14-hit effort Sunday. After scoring more than four runs only once in the last 18 games, the Orioles registered their highest output since a 17-run outing against Tampa Bay on Mother's Day, which also coincided with their most recent home win.
"It's been inconsistent. It's been a struggle," Trumbo said of the offense. "Usually, when the team's struggling as a whole, the pitchers get a little more comfortable on the other side, and they cruise through some of those innings. It's important to try and kind of peck away. I'd like to see a whole lot more games that look like this going forward. I think everybody would."
While some of the top producers for the Orioles have been reaching consistently as of late, the ballclub needed its down-the-order guys to make something happen. Peterson opened the scoring with a one-out ground-rule double in the second inning, scoring Trumbo from third and Jonathan Schoop from second.
This started a stretch of four straight innings where the Orioles scored two runs to jump out to an 8-1 lead: an RBI double and single from Trumbo and Mancini, respectively, in the third; a two-run double from Adam Jones in the fourth; and a two-run homer from Peterson in the fifth.
Peterson's four RBIs matched a career high, which he accomplished once as a member of the Braves in 2015 -- also against the Marlins.
Trumbo added an insurance run with an opposite-field homer in the seventh, and Manny Machado joined the fun with an RBI single in the eighth to be safe.
Bundy, who was taken deep by Bour twice, was solid overall outside of the two mistakes to the Marlins' slugger. He struck out five while pitching with a lead for one of the few times this season. And this time, it was necessary.
"It gave us some room for error," Bundy said of pitching with a lead. "[Thankfully], they scored all those runs, so [we still had a lead] in the sixth when I gave up the three-run shot to Bour."
Bundy handed off the ball to a bullpen that soundly closed the door apart from some noise in the seventh, when Miguel Castro gave up two singles and a walk to load the bases before recording an out. Mychal Givens and Tanner Scott combined to avoid any further damage, Brad Brach pitched a scoreless eighth, and Zach Britton worked around a leadoff single in the ninth to close out the much-needed win.
"I was happy for Dylan to get a win out of that game because he's pitched so well for us this year, and [has gotten little to show for it]," Showalter said. "I thought Mychal had a big outing and Tanner came in in a tough spot. Good to get Zach back out there again and see some ground balls."
MOMENT THAT MATTERED
Givens, Scott slam the door: Inheriting a bases-loaded situation with no outs in the top of the seventh, Givens recorded a strikeout and flyout to left to temporarily evade any danger. Scott came on to face the left-hand-hitting Bour, who drove in all four Marlins runs on two homers. Scott caught Bour looking to preserve the four-run Orioles lead.
"[Scott comes] in there and it's probably hard for people to imagine that pressure with the struggles we've had," Showalter said. "I'm disappointed Miguel went out there with a two-strike breaking ball in the middle of the plate and walked a guy. But it reminds you he is 23 years old. Hopefully, he'll learn from it. Hopefully, Tanner had a nice growing experience. That's a tough spot."
With his RBI single in the third inning, Mancini broke an 0-for-21 slump with runners in scoring position. Mancini is now 5-for-51 with runners in scoring position.
"This is the first time he's gone through something like this," Showalter said of Mancini's troubles at the plate. "You're trying to be real supportive with not only him, but everybody. We have three or four conversations a day. We're going to keep trying to create some positive vibes. I'm hoping it turns for a long time."
HE SAID IT
"We're doing what we can, constantly trying to get better. It doesn't always show up, but that has to be the goal going forward. It's going to be a long road for the team, but you want to see improvement in some areas. I think if you can target those and actually do it, we'll be that much better because of that." -- Trumbo, on his team's daily attempts to improve
SISCO SCRATCHED, OPTIONED
Catcher Chance Sisco was scratched from the lineup an hour before the game with an illness and has reportedly been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk, with catcher Caleb Joseph coming back up to Baltimore. Austin Wynns went 1-for-4 with a run scored in Sisco's place Sunday. "He hasn't slept in two or three days," Showalter said of Sisco.
"He was ready to go, just didn't think it was in his best interest, with the off-day tomorrow [giving him extra time to recover]. But we'll see. A lot of factors. That was the principle one. He just hadn't slept any. Hard enough to play this game when you have."
After an off-day Monday, the Orioles will head down the coast to open a three-game series against the Nationals in Nationals Park. David Hess will get the ball, with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET. Washington will be coming off two makeup games against the Yankees on Monday and have yet to announce a starter.
** Zachary Silver ** is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore.