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Orioles tie franchise record with 7 HRs in rout

BALTIMORE - The Baltimore Orioles have hit a lot of home runs this season. Their 204 homers rank second in the major leagues.

On Wednesday, Baltimore utilized the long ball at a high rate once again, and tied a franchise record for home runs in a game.

For the first time since Aug. 26, 1985, the Orioles crushed seven home runs in a 12-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays before a crowd of 26,513 at Camden Yards.

Chris Davis and Manny Machado each homered twice, as Baltimore (89-67) remains 1½ games behind the New York Yankees in the American League East.

Nate McLouth, Mark Reynolds and Jim Thome also homered for Baltimore. The Orioles hit seven homers in a game for just the third time in franchise history.

"I thought some guys made adjustments to the pitching patterns, something we didn't do last night too well," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "Of course, Manny had a big night and Chris had a big night."

Davis hit a three-run homer to center in the fifth and a two-run shot to center in the seventh. It was Davis' third career multi-homer game and his second this season.

He hit three home runs against Toronto on Aug. 24. Nine of Davis' 28 home runs this season have been against the Blue Jays (68-87).

The nine home runs are the most by an Orioles player against Toronto in a single season.

"Chris had two big blows for us tonight," Showalter said. "He's a strong young man. He had some success against [Carlos] Villanueva coming into tonight, and he just let the ball travel. When he lets the ball travel and lets it get deep in the zone, his contact to damage ratio is real good."

Machado blasted his fifth and sixth career home runs in the game. It is the second time in Machado's short career he has had a multi-homer game.

"I had a good game," Machado said. "I made some good swings. ... It was a big win for us, especially going into an off day. After those two losses we had, it was a great one for us."

Baltimore hit four of its six home runs in the fifth inning off Blue Jays starter Villanueva (7-7). Thome led off with a home run over the right-field scoreboard, the 612th of his career, to tie the game 2-2. It was Thome's first homer at Camden Yards as an Oriole.

"It was big, especially the way we played last night," Thome said. "Our crowd was energetic. Up and down our lineup, everyone swung the bat well. It's been fun."

According to home run historian David Vincent, Thome, 42, and Machado, 20, are the third pair in major league history to homer in the same inning while having an age difference of 20 or more years.

"I think that's the unique thing of baseball," Thome said. "You get the youth, and you get the old veteran."

The home runs began early for the Orioles. McLouth led off the first with his sixth home run of the season to right-center.

It was the ninth leadoff homer of his career and second this season.

"Seven homers in a game is pretty rare," McLouth said. "As tough as a night as we had last night offensively, tonight was just that good."

Miguel Gonzalez (8-4) pitched seven innings for Baltimore, giving up two runs on five hits. Gonzalez has quality starts in each of his last three games.

"I think our offense did a great job tonight," Gonzalez said. "It makes it a lot easier for me to go out there and pitch and be aggressive."

Added Showalter: "Miguel was good. Really good. He's been pretty solid for us this year."

Thome admitted that it is hard to not watch the scoreboard for other teams' scores, but said he knows there is nothing the Orioles can do about them and they must focus on what they can do.

"Ultimately, you've got to control what you can control," Thome said. "It'll always be that way. It's a learning experience, I think, for everybody, no matter if you're a veteran player or young player."

Showalter said that he is proud of his team and they are excited to resume play after the off day today.

"They understand what's at stake," Showalter said. "They want it so much, for the right reasons though."

NOTES: Former Ravens cornerback Deion Sanders was in the Orioles clubhouse prior to the game. Sanders took batting practice with the team. ... Randy Wolf was placed on the 60-day disabled list with an injured left elbow. Bill Hall had his contract selected and joined the team Tuesday.

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