Machado's slam caps O's 6-HR rout of A's

May 8th, 2016

BALTIMORE -- Manny Machado homered twice and hit a grand slam as part of a season-high six-homer afternoon in the Orioles 11-3 series win over the Athletics on Sunday.

Machado, who drove in a career-high six runs, started things off with first-inning solo shot off A's starter Kendall Graveman. He struck again in the bottom of the eighth, blasting a grand slam off reliever J. B. Wendelken to mark his seventh career multi-homer game.

"You just really want to play a good game, an entertaining game that you win on a day like today, because you don't get many opportunities where you've got a full house and the weather's letter perfect," O's manager Buck Showalter said of the Mother's Day win. "It's kind of a Baltimore coming out after the winter and the weather that we've had in April. 

"This reminds us why we do what we do and why a lot of people in there work 9-to-5 out in the stands do what they do, so they can come out and enjoy a game like today. That's what I take out of it."

Pedro Alvarez and Jonathan Schoop went back-to-back in the second, while Mark Trumbo, who connected for a two-run homer to left field in the third inning, fell a double short of the cycle. Rule Draft 5 pick Joey Rickard went deep in the fourth inning as the A's allowed their most home runs in a single game since April 19, 1994.

"Power all the way up through the lineup," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "You have to make quality pitches, especially in this ballpark, and we didn't do that today."

Orioles starter Chris Tillman allowed three runs over 6 1/3 innings, all three of which came in the first inning. Red-hot Josh Reddick went 3-for-3 with an RBI and a walk and has recorded hits in his last eight consecutive at-bats, tying a franchise record.

"You look at all of the names that have played in this uniform, there are a lot of Hall of Famers, a lot of big names, so to be up there at the top is truly a great honor," said Reddick, a .400 career hitter (32-for-80) at Camden Yards. "Every time we come in here, I feel like I'm one of the best players on the planet."

Oakland catcher Josh Phegley pitched the bottom of the eighth inning, following Wendelken.


Grand Machado: How good is Machado? Scary good. The All-Star continued his torrid start to the season and leapfrogged Chris Davis to tie Trumbo, who also homered on Sunday, for the team lead in homers (9). His 22 RBIs are good for second on the team behind Trumbo's 24. Machado, who turned in his first multi-homer game of the season, is also batting .350 and has been the O's most consistent player.

"It's being a little smarter," Machado said of his approach at the plate this season. "Going up there, looking for pitches I can do damage to. I'm going up there looking for a pitch I can drive." More >

Graveman falters: Graveman, who entered the day having allowed 10 hits in each of his last two starts, was knocked around again, as he was unable to get out of the third inning on Sunday. The right-hander recorded just eight outs, allowing five hits in that span -- including a career-high four home runs -- and three walks. His ERA sits at 5.74 after six starts.

"For me, especially with righties, I gotta be able to sink the ball in and get the ground ball, and today it just didn't, and they were able to lift some balls in the air and get it out of the park," Graveman said. "I have to continue to make pitches and change speeds and go back to work and get on top of the baseball with my sinker."

Catcher pitches: Phegley was brought in for his first career pitching appearance with one out in the eighth inning, after right-hander J.B. Wendelken, making his big league debut, was tagged for a grand slam off the bat of Machado. Phegley proceeded to strike out Adam Jones, flashing a fastball that reached 88 mph, and induced an inning-ending popup from Trumbo. More >

Tillman settles in: After allowing a trio of first-inning runs, Tillman kept the A's off the board for the rest of his 6 1/3 innings. The righty recorded his fourth straight quality start and is now 3-0 with a 2.08 ERA over his last four outings.

"It was a grind early. I think I made some pitches I wanted to make, Tillman said. "They're a good team. They don't swing and miss too much. They take some good swings early on. We had to make some adjustments to get through that game." 


"It was awesome just to see the sun. The sun hasn't come up in a long time. It's been raining. And we had a great turnout today with all the fans who came out here and supported us. I think that's what pumped us up a little bit. We saw fans out there. Between the fans and the sun, it was a beautiful day today." -- Machado


Machado is the first player to have a game with at least two home runs and six RBIs as a shortstop since Juan Uribe for the Giants vs. the Cubs on Sept. 23, 2010.


Players from both teams had pink bats, gloves, arm sleeves and more as part of Major League Baseball's initiative to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. The Orioles had Honorary Bat Girl Crystal Silins, a breast cancer survivor, throw out the game's first pitch.

"This is an excellent platform to do it," Silins said of MLB's efforts on Mother's Day, "And I hope they continue to do it for many years." More >


Athletics: The A's will continue their nine-game road swing through the East Coast with a stop in Boston for a three-game series with the Red Sox beginning Monday. Right-hander Sonny Gray, who has a 7.88 ERA over his last three starts after posting a 2.33 ERA in his first three, will be on the mound in the 4:10 p.m. PT opener.

Orioles: Baltimore will travel to Minnesota for a quick three-game series before returning home to Camden Yards. Rookie starter Tyler Wilson will get the ball for Monday's opener at 8:10 p.m. ET.

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