BALTIMORE – After three nights playing in sterile Tropicana Field, the Orioles had to quickly adjust to playing on an unseasonably cool Baltimore evening.
With the temperature at game time, a brisk 48 degrees, the Orioles managed to defeat the Chicago White Sox, breaking their six-game winning streak, 10-2 before 14,568 on Thursday night.
Chris Davis, Manny Machado and Mark Trumbo all hit home runs despite the unfavorable conditions.
“We’ve got big boys over here, and when we hit the ball, the ball’s going to go out,” Machado said. “We’ve just got to keep swinging and keep doing what we’ve been doing, and things will work out.”
In the Orioles’ previous four games, three of them losses, they had only five runs. On Wednesday night, they had just three hits in a 3-1 win over Tampa Bay.
It was 25 degrees cooler than in the dome.
“You had to square one up to get it out of here tonight. A lot of good things, a lot of good at-bats, good approaches,” manager Buck Showalter said.
Todd Frazier hit a two-run home run off Tyler Wilson in the first inning to give Chicago (16-7) a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the first, Machado walked with one out, and moved to second on Davis’ single. With two outs, Adam Jones, who’d been 1-for-33 against John Danks (0-4), doubled to center scoring Machado, but Davis was thrown out at the plate to end the inning.
The Orioles (13-8) scored four in the third. Machado’s RBI double scored Joey Rickard with one out. Davis hit his seventh home run the center, and Trumbo followed with his sixth to the Orioles bullpen.
Davis seemed not to be bothered by the conditions.
“It didn’t seem like it for us. The conditions weren’t favorable, but you can’t let that bother you. I thought as an offense, we did a great job of not trying to do too much, going out there and taking what the game gave us,” Davis said.
It was Trumbo’s first RBI at home after hitting his first 17 away from Baltimore.
“I think we all put really good swings on it. It would have been a shame if they didn’t go, because when you hit it like that, it’s nice to be rewarded. That’s kind of what happened. Maybe we hit them early enough in the night that they did travel, but Manny killed that one at the end,” Trumbo said
Wilson got the first two outs in the fifth, but after he hit Adam Eaton and walked Jimmy Rollins, was done. He’d thrown 91 pitches.
“You definitely want to obviously go a little bit deeper into the game than I did just for the sake of pitching deep into a game and saving the bullpen,” Wilson said. “You want to do a little bit better job”
Mychal Givens walked Jose Abreu to load the bases and struck out Frazier.
In the sixth, Givens (2-0) allowed a pair of two-out singles, but struck out Austin Jackson to end the inning.
The Orioles broke the game completely open in the sixth. J.J. Hardy doubled, and scored when second baseman Brett Lawrie booted Nolan Reimold’s grounder.
Jonathan Schoop singled, and with one out, Rickard walked. After Chicago pitching coach Don Cooper visited the mound to talk to Jake Petricka, Machado hit his second career grand slam, his seventh of the year, and the Orioles led 10-2.
“I was going up there, being aggressive, keeping my same approach. I don’t know what he was going to try to do, but I was trying to do some damage there. He left the pitch up, and I took advantage of it,” Machado said
NOTES: Machado’s five RBIs are a career high. … Hyun Soo Kim had his second pinch hit in as many at-bats. … It’s the second time the Orioles have scored 10 or more runs this season. … Carlos Rodon (1-2, 4.05) faces Mike Wright (1-2, 6.23) on Friday night. … The win was Showalter’s 1,353rd as a major league manager. He ranks 30th on the all-time wins list.