Manny Machado becomes youngest Oriole to reach 100 career homers

Manny Machado became the youngest Oriole to reach 100 career homers in the team's win Tuesday.

Third baseman Manny Machado became the youngest Oriole to reach 100 career homers with his two-run blast in the team's 5-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday at Camden Yards.

Machado, who was 24 years, 55 days old, passed Eddie Murray’s club record for the youngest Oriole to reach the milestone. Murray was 24 years, 177 days old when he hit his 100th homer in 1980. Boog Powell (24 years, 264 days old) and Cal Ripken, Jr. (24 years, 356 days) are the only other Orioles to reach 100 homers before their 25th birthdays.

“Hard work pays off, honestly,” Machado said when asked about the milestone. “It’s an honor just to be in the conversation as those guys. Those guys played the game the right way, did a lot for this game and obviously it paid off for them."

Machado also became the third-quickest Orioles player to 100 homers in terms of games played, reaching the mark in his 578th major league game. The only two O’s to reach that mark faster were Boog Powell (564 games) and Chris Hoiles (577).

Machado’s blast – his 32nd of the season – had a big impact in the game. It gave the Orioles a 3-1 lead in the fifth inning against Toronto lefty J.A. Happ. The Blue Jays tied the game on Michael Saunder’s two-run homer, but the O's went ahead for good on Matt Wieters’ two-run home run in the eighth.

“It’s a big number,” Machado said. “It’s a huge number. Not a lot of guys have 100. To get to that milestone is something that I’m never going to forget. And just getting this 'W.' Every time I get a milestone or something, (if) it comes out with a 'W' it just makes it a lot better. 

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