By Peter Schmuck
The Baltimore Sun
4:20 PM EDT, May 10, 2012
If you thought the Orioles would have a Josh Hamilton hangover today, they apparently just decided that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Ryan Flaherty, J.J. Hardy and Nick Markakis opened the bottom of the first inning with consecutive home runs off Texas Rangers starter Colby Lewis -- the first time in American League history that a team has opened a game with three straight homers.
It has happened three times in the National League, most recently when Rickie Weeks, J.J. Hardy and Ryan Braun did it for the Milwaukee Brewers on June 9, 2007.
The last time the Orioles had three straight homers in a game was July 20, 2010 when Luke Scott, Ty Wigginton and Adam Jones went deep in order against Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Matt Garza.
The leadoff homer, which landed on the flag court behind right field, was the first home run of Flaherty's major league career.
It was a nice way to start a doubleheader after the Orioles were hammered by Hamilton and the Rangers in the first two games of the series. Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen got the O's off to a positive start in the top of the first by retiring the Rangers in order and striking out Hamilton and leadoff man Ian Kinsler.