Trumbo's grand slam lifts Orioles past Athletics
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[August 12, 2016]
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Baltimore
Orioles scored a combined three runs in the first three games of
their series against the Oakland A's, losing all three by one run.
Mark Trumbo drove in four runs with one swing of the bat Thursday,
and the Orioles rode his third career grand slam to a 9-6 victory
against the A's in the series finale at the Oakland Coliseum.
Trumbo belted his major-league-leading 32nd home run of the season
and first grand slam as an Oriole in the fifth inning, extending
Baltimore's lead to 7-0. He hit reliever Daniel Coulombe's 3-1 pitch
high and deep over the left-center-field fence. Trumbo went 2-for-4,
scored twice and drove in a season-high-tying five runs.
Trumbo came into the game on an 0-for-13 skid.
"There's been a sprinkling of hard contact, but overall the at-bats
haven't been that great," Trumbo said. "That's something I try not
to look too far into. The effort's still there. I made a little bit
of an adjustment today and I think it worked out all right."
Adam Jones hit his 23rd home run of the season, a solo shot in the
seventh inning off right-hander Chris Smith for the Orioles. Pedro
Alvarez went 2-for-4 with a two-run double and three RBIs, Chris
Davis went 2-for-4 with a walk and scored twice and Manny Machado
had two hits, including a double, and scored twice.
"They were a little ornery today," Orioles coach Buck Showalter
said. "You could tell there was a quiet confidence. That's why
they're so easy to trust. This is who we are and how we have to do
it. I've got a lot of trust in them and hopefully them in us as a
"They're not going to panic. We're trying to grind like heck to have
a chance to roll the dice in August and September."
Right-hander Chris Tillman (15-4) allowed two runs on five hits in
seven innings and struck out five without walking a batter. He is
tied for second in the major-leagues in victories with Boston's Rick
Porcello and Washington's Stephen Strasburg, one behind Toronto's
J.A. Happ. Tillman snapped a personal two-game losing streak.
"The fastball command was spotty, wasn't very consistent, but the
other pitches were there for me throughout," Tillman said. "I felt
we were able to make pitches when we had to, to get some key outs."
Rookie Ryon Healy launched his fourth home run of the season for the
A's, a two-run blast in the fifth inning. Max Muncy hit a solo shot
in the eighth, his second home run of the season. Yonder Alonso had
a two-run double in the eighth.
"You find out the character of a younger player when he comes up,
starts out really good and goes through some harder times," A's
manager Bob Melvin said of Healy.
"They're making some better pitches on him. We've seen and we know
that he's a fighter, so to come back and make some good plays and
hit the ball well and hit the ball out of the ballpark again, your
game kind of surfaces again because of the fight that he has and
certainly because of the ability that he has."
A's right-hander Andrew Triggs (0-1) made his second start of the
season and gave up three runs on five hits over four innings. He
struck out four and walked none. Triggs, who made 19 of his first 20
outings in relief, filled a void in an A's rotation that has been
hit by numerous injuries.
The Orioles took a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning.
Machado, Davis and Trumbo hit consecutive one-out singles off
Triggs, making it 1-0. Then Alvarez hit a two-run double to the
right-center-field alley, scoring Davis and Trumbo.
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Orioles right fielder Mark Trumbo (45) high fives center fielder
Adam Jones (10) and first baseman Chris Davis (19) after batting
them in on a three run home against the Oakland Athletics during the
fifth inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA
"It's hard to shut a team like that down four games in a row," A's
catcher Stephen Vogt said. "It's not like you sit back and expect
it, but there's definitely an uneasy feeling whenever any of those
guys step in the box because one through nine they can hit the ball
out of the park at any moment."
In the fifth, Jones hit a one-out single and took second on left
fielder Coco Crisp's fielding error. Machado was walked
intentionally with two outs, and Davis worked a walk off Coulombe,
loading the bases. That set the stage for Trumbo's first blast since
"He's had a good season," Showalter said of Trumbo. "Just because he
hasn't been perfect the last week or so, there's a lot of people
that would trade places with him right now statistically. We're
lucky to have him or we wouldn't be where we are."
The A's cut Baltimore's lead to 7-2 in bottom of the fifth. Billy
Butler lined a leadoff single, and Healy launched Tillman's 3-1
pitch for a home run to left field with one out.
Jones answered with a solo home run leading off the seventh, and
Alvarez added an RBI single to make it 9-2.
The A's scored four times in the eighth, cutting Baltimore's lead to
9-6. Muncy lined a leadoff homer to right. Alonso hit a two-run
double, and Butler followed with an RBI single.
Baltimore's Zach Britton pitched a scoreless ninth, despite allowing
a walk and two singles, for his 35th consecutive save to start the
season. He leads the American League in saves.
NOTES: Orioles SS J.J. Hardy was out of the starting lineup and
utility man Ryan Flaherty started at shortstop for the third time
this season. ... Orioles OF Steve Pearce (strained right elbow)
missed his fourth straight game. The Orioles have yet to decide
whether to put him on the 15-day disabled list. ... Athletics RHP
Jesse Hahn (strained right shoulder) will throw his first bullpen
session on Saturday since going on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 5.
According to manager Bob Melvin, Hahn will likely make a rehab start
next week and be activated on Aug. 20, the first day he is eligible
to come off the DL, or soon after. ... Orioles 2B Jonathan Schoop
made his 114th consecutive start this season. He is the only Oriole
to start every game.
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