It only took two weeks and 15 exhibition games, but the Orioles finally erupted at the plate Monday afternoon in a homer-happy 16-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies before a sellout crowd of 8,047 at Bright House Field.

First baseman Chris Davis ignited the 21-hit offensive extravaganza with a three-run opposite field homer off Phillies ace Cole Hamels in the first inning. The Orioles went on to score in each of the first five innings to snap a five-game Grapefruit League losing streak.


Coming into the game, the Orioles had averaged just 2.79 runs per game this spring, but Davis eclipsed that in the first inning, and the hits and home runs just kept on coming. By the end of the fifth inning, Jimmy Paredes, Nolan Reimold and Steve Pearce had also homered to assure Miguel Gonzalez his first exhibition victory in three starts.

Outfield prospect Dariel Alvarez added a fifth Orioles homer in the seventh inning.

Gonzalez has worked nine innings overall and given up four earned runs on eight hits. He said after the game that he felt good with all his pitches and appreciated the terrific run support.

"It was fun,'' he said. "Really, it takes time for them to get the timing down just like us. They've got to work on that. They faced a really good pitcher today. Obviously, it wasn't his day today. That's the type of guys we have in our clubhouse. They're going to get things done. I was really happy and fortunate to be a part of it."

Now, if the Orioles can just make it that easy for him during the regular season. They scored three runs or fewer in 14 of his 27 starts last year.

"Yeah, hopefully they can do that every time I'm out there,'' Gonzalez joked. "Really impressive watching those guys hit today and they were really in the zone and hitting the ball really well."

Paredes has been swinging one of the hottest bats on the team. He got even hotter in the 89-degree afternoon sun, delivering a double, homer and sacrifice fly to drive in five runs. Pearce came into the game leading the Orioles' regulars with a .400 average, two homers and eight hits, and he held those leads with two hits, including a homer for the third straight game.

The Orioles' two top minor league pitching prospects also worked in the game. Dylan Bundy pitched 1 1/3 innings and allowed a run on two hits. Hunter Harvey pitched the eighth inning and struggled with his control, giving up a run on two walks and an RBI single former Oriole Russ Canzler.

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