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Welington Castillo hits first career grand slam to pull O's out of six-game losing streak

Welington Castillo hits first career grand slam to pull O's out of six-game losing streak

The Baltimore Orioles kept insisting they would turn things around and break out of their slump. Maybe this is a start.

Welington Castillo hit his first career grand slam and drove in a personal-best five runs, and the Orioles snapped a six-game losing streak with a rain-delayed 10-6 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.

Castillo gave the Orioles an 8-5 lead with his drive against Miguel Gonzalez (4-8) in the fifth inning and helped prevent them from matching their longest slide of the season. Baltimore also evened its record at 32-32 after falling below .500 for the first time since Oct. 3, 2015.

"We needed a win, we got one today and hopefully we can keep it rolling," Dylan Bundy said.

The Orioles have been struggling since a 22-10 start.

Things weren't looking good for them early on, after Matt Davidson homered in his third straight game to help Chicago grab a 5-1 lead. But the Orioles turned this one around, pounding out 13 hits and overcoming two errors on the way to a lopsided victory.

Trey Mancini had a double and two singles. He scored three runs and drove in one.

Mark Trumbo added two hits and two runs, and a shaky Dylan Bundy (7-5) got the support he needed. The right-hander picked up the win after going 1-4 in his previous six starts. He gave up five runs and six hits in five innings.

Gonzalez got pounded for eight runs -- matching his highest total since June 25, 2016 -- and nine hits over five innings. The right-hander is 1-8 in his past nine starts.

"I've been there before and I've had success," he said. "Right now I'm struggling. I just have to keep working between my starts and hopefully everything will turn around."

The game was delayed 90 minutes at the start. And after getting outscored a combined 16-8 by the White Sox over the previous two games, the Orioles looked like they might get blown out again.

They jumped into it by scoring three in the fourth, with Hyun Soo Kim's two-run single cutting it to 5-4. Castillo got caught in a rundown between second and third on the play for the third out, but did he ever make up for it in the fifth.

Gonzalez retired the first two batters before giving up singles to Trumbo and Mancini and walking Jonathan Schoop. That brought up Castillo, whose towering grand slam to the bushes beyond the center-field wall gave the Orioles an 8-5 lead.

"(Castillo) has had had a track record of that for awhile," manager Buck Showalter said. "You always wonder how numbers are going to translate from league to league. He had to learn a lot of new hitters and new pitchers. ... He's been a quick study. Very easy to pull for, really good teammate."

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Joey Rickard lights up Tampa Bay pitching

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Joey Rickard lights up Tampa Bay pitching

The Baltimore Orioles knocked off the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5 in extra innings on Thursday. Baltimore will now return home after a week-long road trip to face the Minnesota Twins. 

Here's the latest Orioles, Rays and Twins news:

Player Notes: 

ORIOLES:

Outfielder Joey Rickard had himself a night against Tampa Bay. The 28-year-old went 4-for-5 with a double that scored the go-ahead run in the 11th inning and a triple. A good sign for him, as he entered Thursday's game with a .212 batting average and just 11 hits on the season. 

Pitcher John Means is moving to the bullpen after joining the starting rotation temporarily. With Alex Cobb expected to be back in the rotation, Means now will transition to a long-relief role for the Orioles.

Outfielder Austin Hays no longer needs a splint and is ready to begin hitting. He's been sidelined for nearly a month and will likely require multiple rehab games at extended spring training and/or the lower levels of the Orioles' minor-league system before reporting to Triple-A Norfolk.

RAYS:

Pitcher Brent Honeywell is shut down with a sore elbow. Honeywell will be out for at least a few days after experiencing soreness in his surgically repaired elbow.

Pitcher Blake Snell threw again on Thursday. For the second straight day there were no issues, and he is now moving toward an upcoming bullpen session as his next step in rehabilitation. 

TWINS: 

Outfielder Eddie Rosario hits two solo home runs in a loss to the Blue Jays on Thursday. It's been an up-and-down year for him, but since April 9 he has four multi-hit games and five long balls as well.

Catcher Jason Castro sat out Thursday's game against Toronto. He's been splitting time with Mitch Garver throughout the season. 

Injuries: 

1B Chris Davis: Illness, day-to-day 

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, 10-Day IL

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Friday 4/19: Twins @ Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

Saturday 4/20: Twins @ Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

Sunday 4/21: Twins @ Orioles, 1:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

Source: Rotoworld

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Illness keeping Chris Davis out of lineup

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Illness keeping Chris Davis out of lineup

The Baltimore Orioles fell to the Tampa Bay Rays 8-1 in the second game of their three-game set Wednesday. 

Here's the latest Orioles and Rays news:

Player Notes: 

ORIOLES:

Starting pitcher David Hess surrendered six runs on eight hits in just two-plus innings of work Wednesday, falling to 1-3 on the season and raising his ERA to 5.57. The Rays crushed three homers off the 25-year-old, including back-to-back bombs in the third inning. 

Center fielder Cedric Mullins' cold start to the season continued Wednesday, going 0-for-3 in the loss. He's now batting just .098 in 51 at-bats this season. 

Chris Davis was left out of Baltimore's starting lineup for the second straight game due to illness. Renato Nunez started at first base in his place Wednesday, with Trey Mancini as the designated hitter. 

The Orioles activated catcher Austin Wynns from the 10-day injured list and optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk Wednesday. In four minor league rehab games before being activated, Wynns went 5-for-17 with two doubles and four RBI. 

RAYS:

The Tampa Bay lineup teed off on Orioles pitching Wednesday night. Second baseman Brandon Lowe went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run, third baseman Yandy Diaz also homered and doubled and catcher Mike Zunino collected three hits and drove in a run. 

Reliever Yonny Chirinos went five scoreless innings to pick up the win against Baltimore, his third of the season. Chrinos allowed just one hit and one walk after relieving Ryne Stanek following the first inning. 

Right-hander Hunter Wood will start Thursday against the Orioles, acting as Tampa Bay's opener. 

Blake Snell played catch and reportedly threw from 90 feet away Wednesday, a day after the reigning AL Cy Young winner was placed on the 10-day injured list with a toe injury. 

Second baseman Joey Wendle played five innings in an extended spring training game Wednesday, collecting two hits. If all goes well, Wendle could be back with the Rays by the end of the weekend.

Injuries: 

1B Chris Davis: Illness, day-to-day 

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, 10-Day IL

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Thursday 4/18: Orioles @ Rays, 7:10 p.m., Tropicana Field 

Friday 4/19: Twins @ Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

Saturday 4/20: Twins @ Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

Source: Rotoworld

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