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Orioles blowout goes from the sublime to the ridiculous

Baltimore Sun columnist Peter Schmuck discusses the Orioles' 19-3 win over the Phillies. The Orioles had a team-record eight home runs in the game. (Peter Schmuck, Baltimore Sun video)

When Phillies outfielder Jeff Francoeur took the mound for the seventh inning of Tuesday night's Orioles meteor shower, it looked like the moment when a strange game would become a travesty, but Francoeur actually restored some order temporarily.

He pitched the first scoreless inning of the game for the beleaguered Phillies before giving up the eighth home run of the game to the O's in the eighth inning of a 19-3 game.

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That's right. The Orioles hit a team record eight homers -- two each from Manny Machado and newly promoted Chris Parmelee and single homers by Chris Davis (Eutaw Street), Jimmy Paredes, David Lough and Ryan Flaherty.

Still, when Francoeur struck out the first batter he faced -- Nolan Reimold -- and his fastball was clocked at nearly 90 miles per hour, it was easy to wax nostalgic about the day that Davis pitched in that crazy, 17-inning game against the Boston Red Sox in 2012.

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That performance was hard to forget. Davis threw in the 90s and surprised the Sox with his ability to locate off-speed pitches. He ended up pitching two scoreless innings and struck out Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Adrian Gonzalez on the way to the victory.

The difference, of course, was that Davis was pitching with the game on the line. Francoeur was simply taking one for his team, which was trailing 17-3 when he entered the game. Still, it was a game effort.

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