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Machado fights flu bug, breaks Orioles offense out of scoreless streak with first-inning homer

Machado fights flu bug, breaks Orioles offense out of scoreless streak with first-inning homer

Manny Machado has rescued the Orioles offensive many times this season, and though Thursday’s display held a different script — he’s usually saved his game-saving heroics for the late innings — it didn’t take away its importance in the Orioles’ 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays at Camden Yards.

Machado’s first-inning two-run homer, his 33rd of the season, gave the Orioles their first lead since they blew a 6-1 lead Monday, ending the club’s 26-inning scoreless stretch.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said before the game that Machado was a game-time decision after missing Wednesday’s game while battling a bout with the flu. Showalter had Machado’s name in the lineup, but said...

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