BALTIMORE – The Orioles had just scored 10 runs in an inning, hit two grand slams for the first time in 29 years and registered the third straight win.
Yet, all everyone wanted to talk about was Chris Davis getting hit in his right hip by a pitch.
Davis wanted to talk about the big inning.
“I mean I think that’s really the story of this game. It’s unfortunate that we’re going to look back on this game and see all negative things and remember it for that but two grand slams in one inning against that bullpen,” Davis said.
The 10-run inning, the most in more than 13 years led the Orioles to a 14-8 win over the Kansas City Royals before 45,420 at Oriole Park on Friday night.
Kansas City (83-58) has a terrific bullpen, but the Orioles (68-72) who were trailing 6-4, got grand slams by Nolan Reimold and Steve Clevenger in the eighth.
The Orioles are the first team in baseball history to twice hit two grand slams in an inning. Jim Dwyer and Larry Sheets did it on Aug. 6, 1986. It’s only been done eight times in baseball history.
Manny Machado also hit a homer off Kelvin Herrera (4-3), and manager Buck Showalter was ejected by home plate umpire Mark Carlson for arguing after Davis was hit by a pitch.
Franklin Morales threw a pitch that hit Davis. He glared at Morales, snapped his bat and angrily walked down to first with Showalter walking with him.
Showalter stood at first, and argued that Morales should have been thrown out. CC Sabathia threw a ball over Davis’ head in one at-bat Wednesday and then hit him in the next at-bat.
“Chris has certainly had his share of that. It just happened in New York twice. You get to a point to where your nose is rubbed in it. Sometimes it's harder to do what Chris did than what some other people might have done. It gets tough time and time again turning the cheek but our guys responded well to it,” Showalter said.
“Whatever comes our way, we'll handle it. You react to things you don't think are very ethical and you move on.”
Kansas City has had its share of incidents this season.
“In that situation you lose your head a little bit, your emotions are high,” Davis said. “Hopefully, it's done with."
Both teams were warned about intentionally throwing at hitters.
“The pitch wasn't at my head. It wasn't dirty. I get it. When you're getting lit up a little bit, there's frustration and I appreciate that it wasn't at my bean like it was the other night. But like I said, it's an emotional game and sometimes your emotions get the best of you, but hopefully that's where it stops."
Trailing 6-4, Jonathan Schoop led off with a double off Herrera. Clevenger grounded to Mike Moustakas at third, but Moustakas booted it for an error.
J.J. Hardy tried to bunt, but struck out. Gerardo Parra singled to load the bases.
Reimold’s grand slam, the first of his career, put the Orioles ahead for the first time in the game, 8-6.
The ball hit the top of the foul pole, but Reimold didn’t see it happen.
“I thought going around the bases they were going to challenge it and it was going to be taken away. And it would just be a strike. Didn’t want to be disappointed,” Reimold said.
Morales surrendered Machado’s 28th home run of the year.
Adam Jones singled, and then Morales hit Davis.
Steve Pearce’s double scored Jones, and the Orioles had a six-run inning and led 10-6.
Schoop walked to load the bases, and Clevenger hit his first career grand slam off Joba Chamberlain, and it was a 10-run inning.
“To be honest with you, I thought the grand slam was the inning before. I didn’t realize we had hit two grand slams until I heard it on the TV in the batting cage. It was good. It was surreal to get some runs off their bullpen and get some confidence going into this series,” Clevenger said.
Mychal Givens (2-0) got the win.
Lorenzo Cain homered twice for Kansas City.
Mike Wright started and allowed four runs on four hits in five-plus innings.
Dariel Alvarez hit his first major league home run in the third.
NOTES: Showalter was ejected for the second time this season and the 29th time of his career. …The Orioles went over the 2 million mark in home attendance. The crowd was the Orioles’ ninth sellout of the season. …Yordano Ventura (10-8, 4.34) faces Chris Tillman (9-11, 5.15) on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. The game will be telecast by FOX. … The Oriole are now 3-62 when trailing after seven innings. Kansas City is 63-3.
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