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Orioles make history with home runs against Tampa Bay Rays on Monday

The Baltimore Sun

The Orioles scored just four runs in their three-game series against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field over the weekend. But the club's power was on display with its return to Camden Yards on Monday night against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Orioles have hit five home runs on their way to a 9-1 lead in the eighth inning.

Trailing, 1-0, Nick Markakis and Steve Pearce hit back-to-back homers in the third inning. The Orioles then hit three consecutive home runs in their six-run fifth inning. Delmon Young, J.J. Hardy and Chris Davis all went deep in the inning.

It marked the first time in the franchise’s 61-season history that the Orioles hit back-to-back homer and three consecutive homers in the same game.

Before Monday, the Orioles last hit back-to-back homers twice in the same game on May 27, 2008 against the New York Yankees. Kevin Millar and Ramon Hernandez hit the first back-to-back shots in the second inning, and Luke Scott and Millar later went back-to-back in the fifth.

The Orioles lead the major leagues with 168 home runs and are on pace to hit 210 this season.

With one runners on base and no outs in the third inning, Markakis turned on a 1-1 pitch from Rays starter Jake Odorizzi and sent it over the grounds' crew shed in right field, giving the Orioles a 2-1 lead and snapping his 0-for-21 slump.

Pearce followed with a towering blast, giving him home runs in back-to-back games and extending his hitting streak to eight games, which tied a career high. Over his last eight games, Pearce is 12-for-35 with nine extra base hits (five doubles, four homers).

The Orioles opened the fifth with three consecutive singles, capped by Nelson Cruz’s RBI single. The Orioles weren’t done there. Young crushed a 2-2 hanging curveball over the left-field fence for a 7-1 lead.

Hardy then took a 2-2 pitch over the center-field fence for his eighth homer of the season. And then Davis jumped on a 2-0 pitch over the outside part of the plate and sent it over the center-field fence.

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