BALTIMORE—The Orioles had to forget about Ubaldo Jimenez’s rocky start. He teased them, throwing five scoreless innings before things came apart in the sixth.
That storyline may be familiar. But, there’s another one that’s becoming just as familiar, and that’s the Orioles offense bailing out a substandard start with a basket full of runs.
It’s happened twice in a row, and on Thursday night, the Orioles hit a season-high seven home runs to make everyone forget about Jimenez for a while.
Mark Trumbo and Adam Jones each hit two homers, and Manny Machado hit a three-run home run to give the Orioles the lead in a 12-7 win over the Boston Red Sox before 21,534 at Oriole Park on Thursday night.
“It was nice to score that many runs regardless because our guys just decided they were going to outscore them,” manager Buck Showalter said.
After two losses, the Orioles (30-22) won the final two games of the four-game series from Boston (32-22). The series ends how it started with the Orioles trailing the Red Sox by a game in the AL East.
In the seventh, Ryan Flaherty led off with a walk off Robbie Ross, Jr. (0-1). Francisco Pena, in his first game with the Orioles, singled, and Machado hit his 14th home run off Junichi Tazawa, and it was an 8-5 lead.
Mychal Givens (4-0) pitched two innings in relief of Jimenez for the win.
In the eighth, the Orioles scored four more on home runs by Pedro Alvarez, a two-run shot by Pena, his first major league home run, and Jones’ second of the game.
On Wednesday night, the Orioles scored 13 runs without a home run. They followed that by scoring 12—all on home runs.
“Ubaldo gave us five strong innings and then it got away from us and our guys figured out a way to win the ballgame,” Showalter said.
Christian Vazquez led off the sixth with a double. Mookie Betts walked, and Dustin Pedroia singled to load the bases.
Xander Bogaerts drove in two runs with a single to center, and after pitching coach Dave Wallace visited Jimenez, David Ortiz hit a three-run home run to right, and Boston led 5-4.
“They just came out swinging. They hit pretty much everything I threw. I threw a couple fastballs up. In the first five innings, everything was down. I just got hit in that inning,” Jimenez said.
After not making it through two innings against Cleveland, Jimenez said that overall this was a better performance.
“The first five innings, of course it is. The last inning, it's not something that I wanted to do,” Jimenez said. “I have to look for the positive things. I was able to improve.”
The Orioles took a 2-0 lead in the fourth when Machado led off with a single. Machado slid hard into Bogaerts on Chris Davis grounder, but after a review, Machado’s slide was not ruled out of bounds, and the call stood.
Trumbo hit a long two-run home run to left off Rick Porcello, his 16th.,
Flaherty led off the fifth with a single, and Jones hit his first home run as a leadoff hitter, and the lead was 4-0.
Trumbo hit his 17th homer, tying him for the major league lead to tie the score at 5 in the sixth inning. His two home runs were estimated at 899 feet.
“I’ve seen him play for five, six years now. I’ve been able to see a lot of his home runs, and now I’m glad they’re for us instead of against us,” Jones said.
Jones’ second home run was the 200th in his Orioles career. He’s just the seventh to do that. Cal Ripken, Eddie Murray, Boog Powell, Brooks Robinson, Rafael Palmeiro and Brady Anderson are the others.
“It means I’ve been here a long time and been fortunate enough to stay healthy,” Jones said.
Jones is getting used to batting leadoff.
“I think it’s something different. I don’t know. Get a fastball first pitch sometimes,” Jones said.
NOTES: Showalter said that J.J. Hardy, who is on the disabled list with fracture in his left foot had a CT scan in Sarasota, Fla., and his foot is improving, but he’s not yet on the field and won’t be returning to the club yet. …With his next RBI, Jones will tie Cal Ripken for most RBIs at Oriole Park. Jones has 367. … Brian Duensing, whose contract was purchased earlier in the day from Norfolk, pitched the ninth, allowing two runs. … Relievers currently on the Orioles roster are 16-4. … The New York Yankees arrive for a three-game series that begins Friday night. Nathan Eovaldi (6-2, 3.71) faces Chris Tillman (7-1, 2.92).