NEW YORK -- What can fans expect from the Orioles over the next two months?
The question was posed to veteran Adam Jones following Tuesday's roster gutting that included trading Jonathan Schoop, Kevin Gausman and Darren O'Day. Jones, who opted to invoke his 10-and-5 rights to quash any potential trades, grinned.
"Might not look pretty some days, might look pretty some days," Jones said. "It's not going to be all grandeur and all that stuff. We are going to struggle the next two months."
Yes, there could be some rough times ahead. But a day removed from an emotionally draining non-waiver Trade Deadline, the Orioles finally got a much-needed lift with Wednesday's 7-5 win over the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Baltimore used a five-run second inning against Yankees starter Sonny Gray to prevail in the rain-delayed contest and mark its fourth win in five games.
"It was big. Yesterday was a strange day to say the least. Saying goodbye to all those guys was tough. But that's how the business works," Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini said. "The year hasn't gone our way, hasn't gone how we wanted it to. You have to move on. But yeah, it was a tough day. Tough to say goodbye to guys you are friends with and see every day."
As the dust continues to settle following the trade of six major players that netted the Orioles 15 young players and prospects, there is still plenty for the O's lineup to play for as the organization starts a rebuild.
Mancini, who has taken over the departed Schoop's role as the hottest Oriole, singled in a run in the second and had a solo homer in the third. Renato Nunez -- a May waiver claim -- had three hits, including a two-run double over right fielder Shane Robinson's head in the second. Timothy Beckham -- now the club's everyday shortstop -- capped the big second inning and prompted Bronx boos for Gray with a two-run single that made it 5-0.
"Had a couple baserunning things that kept us from doing a little bit more, but Nunez had good at-bats all day, and I thought [Jace Peterson] had some good at-bats," manager Buck Showalter said of the second inning. "A lot of good at-bats by a lot of people."
There was also a commendable job by starter Alex Cobb, who waited out a 39-minute rain delay in the third inning to fire six strong frames. Cobb's only blemish on the afternoon was Gleyber Torres' solo homer, and the righty scattered six more hits, turning in his first start of one run allowed since June 22.
"You know, it went by pretty quick for me," Cobb said of being sharper after the delay. "The pace of the game, just the flow of it early on, was just terrible. I'm not going to complain about it. We were putting up good runs, but there was a lot of sitting around. You just try to make sure you don't tighten up and lose that energy that you worked to gain. The rain went by pretty quick, so it really didn't affect me too much."
Torres also went deep for a three-run homer off Mike Wright Jr. with two outs in the ninth, with two of those runs charged to lefty Paul Fry.
MOMENT THAT MATTERED
Tim turns 2: With the Yankees threatening in the eighth, loading the bases and scoring a run off righty Mychal Givens to cut the O's lead to 7-2, Showalter turned it over to Fry with one out. Fry got a ground ball from pinch-hitter Neil Walker, as Beckham made a great stop by second base, tagged the bag and threw to first to complete a big inning-ending double play.
Cody Carroll, acquired in the trade last week that sent Zach Britton to the Yankees, made his big league debut in the bottom of the seventh inning. The righty -- using an upper-90s fastball -- tossed a scoreless frame, working around a two-out double by Giancarlo Stanton.
"He's a confident kid in a good way," Showalter said. "I think he's glad to get that behind him, but not in a nervous, anxiety type of way ... he was kind of wondering why we took so long. His presentation is very confident."
HE SAID IT
"It shows that we kind of turned the page a little bit since the All-Star break. I just noticed a difference in energy, and we all are starting to hit and play as a team a lot better. I don't know what the reason is, but it's been pretty fun." -- Mancini, on the O's winning four of five
New Oriole Jonathan Villar, acquired in the package from the Brewers in exchange for Schoop, is expected to be activated for Thursday's series opener against the Rangers in Texas. Andrew Cashner will get the ball opposite former Oriole Yovani Gallardo in the 8:05 p.m. ET game at Globe Life Park.