by Cam Ellis
Postgame analysis of the O's 9-4 win over the Angels in the opening game of their weekend series:
How it happened: Essentially the same way most of their wins happen: hitting home runs. The Orioles had a lead after just two pitches, as Joey Rickard homered to left center to leadoff the game. Three pitches later, Manny Machado parked one over the centerfield fence to give the Orioles a 2-0 lead for starter Mike Wright. They would score again in the third, this time courtesy of a Mark Trumbo home run. After a messy bottom of the 6th that saw the Angels tie the game at four, Chris Davis put Baltimore ahead for good in the next inning, hitting a 2-run shot of his own.
What it means: The Orioles, at least for another day, will remain in first place in the AL East. With Boston losing to Cleveland on Friday night, the O's still have a 1 game lead over the Sox. Machado's home run could go a long way towards breaking him out of the slump he had been in during the last couple of games.
Power surge: Though can you really call it a "surge" when the power is constant? Trumbo, Machado and Davis all added to their gaudy early season home run numbers on Friday night. Trumbo now leads the league with 13 home runs, Machado is tied for second with 12 and Davis is tied for third with 10. Considering they haven't gotten much production from players like Adam Jones, Matt Wieters, JJ Hardy or Pedro Alvarez, the Orioles 25-15 record is impressive - and scary for the rest of the AL East.
Wright is enough: It wasn't the strongest outing for start Mike Wright, but when your offense puts up 9 runs, it's a start you can live with. Wright went 5.1 innings while allowing five runs on five hits. He also walked and struck out three. The Angels did the majority of that damage in the 6th inning, getting to him during the third time through the lineup.
No chill: It wasn't Hector Santiago's best night. After getting knocked around by the Orioles to start the game, Santiago got tossed in the third inning for arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire John Tumpane. Santiago got angry, but he stayed on the mound and wasn't overly demonstrative. Mike Scioscia was understandably upset, as the 30,000 or so people who were there probably didn't pay the cost of admission to see Santiago pitch three innings before getting tossed for hurting the umps feelings.
Up next: The O's and Angels go at it again tonight, this time with Kevin Gausman (0-1, 3.00 ERA) on the mound for Baltimore. The Angels will throw Matt Shoemaker (2-5, 8.49). First pitch is at 10:05.