BALTIMORE –- The Orioles had a night to remember on Tuesday. A club record eight home runs, and 19 runs, their most in nearly 15 years.
Their 19-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies before 26,964 stunned fans at Oriole Park, was so thorough that many got to see something new.
Jeff Francoeur, a longtime major league veteran outfielder made his big league pitching debut. Francoeur was a relatively successful pitcher for the Phillies, pitching a perfect seventh, though he did give up the record setting eighth home run, to Ryan Flaherty, in the eighth inning.
Manny Machado homered in the first two innings. Chris Parmelee, whose contract was purchased before the game also homered twice, in the second and in the sixth.
“That’s a pretty good way to start, right? But you know the team played phenomenal tonight,” Parmelee said.
The Orioles (33-31) are two games over .500 for the first time since Apr. 19. They’ve won 10 of 12.
Francoeur’s second batter was Parmelee, who had four hits in his first four at-bats. He retired Parmelee on a grounder.
“I saw Francouer coming in to pitch and I was like 'oh, no.' That's always the hardest thing to do is get a hit off a position player. That's always a tough one I haven't cracked yet. [The ovation] was cool,” Parmelee said.
Chris Davis, David Lough and Jimmy Paredes also homered. Davis’ home run, his 14th landed on Eutaw Street. It was the seventh time he’s done that, most since the team moved to this ballpark in 1992.
Jerome Williams (3-7) didn’t make it out of the first inning. He strained his left hamstring when he tried to tag out Flaherty after his second wild pitch of the inning.
He allowed six runs and was replaced by Dustin McGowan, who in 3 1/3 awful innings, allowed five of the seven home runs.
Seven of the eight home runs were solo shots. Lough’s was a three-run shot.
Justin De Fratus allowed Parmelee’s second home run and was ejected from the game immediately afterward for throwing at J.J. Hardy.
The 19 runs were the most since the Orioles (33-31) scored 23 on Sept. 28, 2000.
“It was great. Came out with the win. We need more of those games. Bats came alive today, pitching’s doing well. It’s been a great week. Team’s rolling. That’s what we’ve got to keep doing, playing team baseball, pitching staff throwing well, everybody’s hitting the ball well, hitting clutch, we’ve just got to keep it up,” Machado said.
Manager Buck Showalter seemed almost embarrassed about his team’s output.
“I understand it. We've all been there. It's tough. Do you take? Do you swing? You're trying to be professional about it. Our guys, they put their head down and run,” Showalter said.
Chris Tillman (5-7) pitched six innings, allowing three runs on four hits. By the time he gave up his first run, the Orioles led 12-0.
“It’s fun to watch, fun to be a part of. I think these guys are capable of that,” Tillman said. “You just have to give them a chance.”
Philadelphia (22-44) has lost eight straight and 18 of 21.
We've all been there and will be again. Things can snowball at this level. There are too many talented people. It could happen to us tomorrow with them. It's one game, one win. Get on the bus tomorrow and head to Philadelphia and try to score more than they do in 9 innings tomorrow. I know they'll be trying to return the favor tomorrow. It's tough to tell your guys to stop swinging or stop trying. It's tough. It's unfortunate but it happens,” Showalter said.
Wei-Yin Chen, who was optioned to Frederick before the game, tweeted his disappointment with the move. He’s scheduled to return on June 26.
Chen is scheduled to be a free agent this fall.
“We have a pretty good relationship with him. He knows we're doing what's best for him physically and for our club and that is our priority in no special order. What's best for him is what's best for our club and we've been doing this for a long time and we're very proud of the health of our people and our pitchers. Trying to get ahead of things. And that is our priority, not something that might happen in the off-season,” Showalter said.
NOTES: Adam Jones went for an MRI on his right shoulder. Showalter thinks he’ll play no later than Friday in Toronto, perhaps sooner. … Kevin Gausman pitched two innings for Frederick, and allowed a leadoff home run, but nothing else. He struck out two. Gausman could start on Saturday in Toronto. … The Orioles play the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday. Ubaldo Jimenez (4-3, 3.19) faces Kevin Correia (0-0, 0.00).