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Manny Machado's grand slam lifts Orioles to 6-2 win over Angels in first game of West Coast trip

Manny Machado's grand slam lifts Orioles to 6-2 win over Angels in first game of West Coast trip

With one swing, Manny Machado opened the Orioles’ West Coast road trip with a bang.

The Orioles third baseman broke open a tie game Monday night with his suddenly sizzling bat, hitting his fifth career grand slam in the seventh inning to send the Orioles to a 6-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels in the first game of the club’s 10-day, 10-game road trip through Anaheim, Oakland and Seattle.

With the win, the Orioles (56-56) reached the .500 mark for the first time since June 29 and are just 1½ games out of the second American League wild-card spot.

“When was the last time a .500 team was in the playoffs?” Orioles manager Buck Showalter...

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