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Trey Mancini, the Orioles' lone bright spot, exits game after getting drilled with 92 MPH fastball

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Trey Mancini, the Orioles' lone bright spot, exits game after getting drilled with 92 MPH fastball

Trey Mancini, the Orioles' only hope at an All-Star, exited Baltimore's matinee against Oakland in the top of the first on Wednesday, after he was struck on the left elbow by a 92-mph fastball from the Athletics' starter Chris Bassitt.

Baltimore's Chris Davis pinch-ran for Mancini, who left the game almsot immediately after being hit. 

Baltimore announced on Twitter that Mancini exited the game with a left elbow contusion. 

Mancini, the Orioles' first baseman and outfielder, was a bright spot in a rather lackluster Baltimore lineup.

The only Oriole with a real chance at an All-Star selection, Mancini is batting .304 in 70 games and leads Baltimore with 84 hits, 18 doubles and 16 homers.

The 27 year-old also has one of the highest slugging percentages on the Orioles (.558).

Fans reacted with anguish on Twitter after Mancini exited the game.

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Trey Mancini first Oriole rookie with 20 home run season since Cal Ripken Jr.

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Trey Mancini first Oriole rookie with 20 home run season since Cal Ripken Jr.

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Trey Mancini wasn't assured a spot on the Baltimore Orioles' roster in spring training.

He's making his opportunity count.

Mancini homered twice, Wade Miley pitched seven innings of three-hit ball and the Orioles slugged four home runs in a 7-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Thursday night.

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Adam Jones and Mark Trumbo each added solo blasts.

The Orioles have won nine of their last 13 games.

Mancini had three hits and now has 20 home runs for the season.

"I don't know if it's unexpected," Mancini said. "Not knowing where I was going to be this year, I just really try not to take any time for granted here and trying to help this team win some games."

Miley (6-9) struck out seven, walked three and allowed one unearned run.

The left-hander said he's leaning on a curveball he started "spiking," on the recommendation of Orioles reliever Chris Tillman.

"I'm trying to get a pitch that I can use to get ahead with and I'm actually able to put away guys with," Miley said. "It's something I really haven't done much in my career with a curveball, but it's good hopefully I can keep it going."

A's starter Chris Smith (0-2) went six innings, giving up five runs on seven hits, including all four home runs.

The 36-year-old, who last month became the oldest player in franchise history to make his first career start, has given up at least one home run in six outings, including five starts.

"All my starts are tough, but that lineup is deadly," Smith said.

"Man, they just kept on attacking. They made the adjustment on my mistakes, and they hit them. They hit them hard and far."

The Orioles broke a 1-1 tie in the fourth when Jones and Mancini hit back-to-back home runs leading off the inning.

Mancini and Trumbo homered with nobody aboard in consecutive at-bats in the sixth.

Jones' home run was his 21st. Trumbo's 18th snapped a 0-for-24 slump.

Tim Beckham had two hits, including a triple, extending his hitting streak to all 10 games since the Orioles acquired him in a July 31 deadline trade with the Tampa Bay Rays. He's batting .500 (20 for 40) with his new team.

Orioles catcher Wellington Castillo had a double in the fourth inning that extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

Jed Lowrie had two hits and two RBIs for Oakland, which has lost five of its last seven games.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter summoned closer Zach Britton to face Lowrie after Oakland loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth.

Joey Rickard made a running catch in right field to retire Lowrie as Britton notched his 10th save.

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Orioles' Kevin Gausman finds his groove against Texas Rangers

Orioles' Kevin Gausman finds his groove against Texas Rangers

All of a sudden, the Baltimore Orioles' starting rotation is pitching magnificently.

The question is: Has this struggling staff finally found its groove, or is it because the opposition is the Texas Rangers?

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Kevin Gausman pitched six innings of four-hit ball, Adam Jones homered and scored three runs and Baltimore beat the faltering Rangers 10-2 on Wednesday night.

Gausman (6-7) gave up one run, struck out eight and walked two. The right-hander came in with a 6.39 ERA and had yielded a total of 14 runs in his last two starts.

Though the Orioles' faulty rotation is one big reason why the team is four games under .500, the starters in this series have combined to allow three runs over 18 innings.

"It's a roll we'd like to get on," manager Buck Showalter said. "Start kind of passing the baton to the next guy."

Having thus far outscored Texas 25-4 in the series, the Orioles will attempt to complete a four-game sweep on Thursday.

"I think we all know that we need to pitch better and, you know, we're trying to do that," Gausman said. "Obviously the offense is what's kind of given us a bigger margin for error."

Trey Mancini contributed two hits in a seven-run seventh inning, including a bases-loaded triple, and Jonathan Schoop finished with three hits and three RBIs.

Joey Gallo hit his 22nd home run for the Rangers, who have dropped four straight and scored only eight runs in their last five games.

"We have to continue to believe in our offense. That's a challenge for us right now," manager Jeff Banister said. "It's been a bit of a stretch where one run has been the case for us and it's coming off solo shots."

Adrian Beltre hit a fourth-inning double to move within 17 hits of 3,000 for his career. It was his 602nd double, breaking a tie with Barry Bonds for 16th place on the all-time list.

But there were few other highlights for the Rangers, now 2-4 on a 10-game trip out of the All-Star break.

"It just seems tough to score right now," said Elvis Andrus, who went 0 for 4.

Texas had eight hits -- only two for extra bases.

"We can score runs. We need to get back to that and show our identity again," Gallo said. "I don't think anyone in this clubhouse is worried or panicking."

Jones got Baltimore started with a leadoff homer off Martin Perez (5-7), and Schoop made it 3-0 with a two-run double in the third.

Gallo connected in the fifth, but the Orioles pulled away in the seventh. Baltimore got six hits and took advantage of an error by catcher Robinson Chirinos to score four unearned runs.