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Orioles recap: Birds top Padres, 12-6, for seventh straight win

SAN DIEGO — The Orioles' time in San Diego was short, playing two games in 21 hours against the San Diego Padres, but they left Southern California having flexed plenty of offensive muscle in that span.

With their 12-6 win over the last-place Padres on Wednesday afternoon, the Orioles took both games at Petco Park, outscoring San Diego, 23-13. The Orioles have now scored in double digits in three straight games for the first time since May 24-27, 2003.

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The Orioles (47-30) left for a four-game series in Seattle having won seven straight, matching their longest winning streak of the season, accomplished twice before. It marks the first time since 1993 the Orioles have put together three seven-game winning streaks in the same season.

Led by their vaunted offense, the Orioles are now 17 games above .500, a mark that the division-winning 2014 team didn't reach until Aug. 8.

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"When you are winning, everything is that much better, this in particular," right fielder Mark Trumbo said. "It's a product of a couple guys getting real hot, real quick and some other guys sustaining what we've been doing."

On Wednesday, the Orioles tied the major league record for most home runs in the month of June, matching the 1996 Oakland Athletics with their 55th homer this month.

Trumbo's 23rd homer of the season, which came off Padres left-hander Christian Friedrich in the fourth inning, tied the record. Trumbo now has more homers this season in 77 games than he hit all of last season (22) in 142 games with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Seattle Mariners.

Trumbo had four RBIs on Wednesday, including a two-run double off left-hander Ryan Buchter in a five-run ninth that saw the Orioles send 10 batters to the plate.

Right-hander Yovani Gallardo (3-1), who was making his third start since coming off the disabled list, held the Padres to three runs on three hits over six innings, for his first quality start of the season.

Gallardo's final line would have been more impressive had he not allowed a three-run homer to Brett Wallace with two outs in the sixth inning. Gallardo didn't allow a hit until Alex Dickerson's one-out single in the fifth, retiring 13 of the first 15 batters he faced.

Manny Machado drove in three runs on the afternoon, including a two-run ground-rule double in the ninth.

With two doubles, Jonathan Schoop had his eighth multihit effort over his past 11 games, raising his season batting average to .301. Schoop, whose fourth-inning RBI double started the scoring in a four-run inning, is now riding an 11-game hitting streak and is hitting .489 over that stretch.

Leadoff hitter Adam Jones, a San Diego native, extended his hitting streak to a season-high 10 games with two hits including an RBI single in the sixth.

"Go up there and not give away any at-bats," Jones said. "We've had a lot of at-bats 0-2 and work ourselves back to 2-2 and 3-2 and find our way back into getting ourselves into a hitter's count. Just pass the baton."

Brach big in the clutch

Orioles reliever Brad Brach pitched for the first time in San Diego since the end of the 2013 season, his last of three years with the Padres. He could be back in a month for the All-Star Game, and on Wednesday he showed why.

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Brach entered a 7-3 game with two on and one out in the eighth, but he needed just three pitches to get out of the inning, inducing a 5-6-3 double-play ball on a shift to get the Orioles out of a jam.

This season, Brach has stranded 16 of his 17 inherited runners and hasn't allowed a run in 30 of his 35 appearances.

Ninth gets dicey twice

The Orioles ran out to big leads both nights in San Diego, but rocky ends to both games couldn't go overlooked.

Right-hander Oliver Drake entered a 12-3 game in the ninth but failed to close out the game, allowing three runs in two-thirds of an inning. Four of the six hitters he faced reached base, forcing right-hander Mychal Givens to enter the game to get the final out.

That happened after left-hander T.J. McFarland yielded three runs in the ninth Tuesday, which made Showalter get closer Zach Britton up in an eventual 11-7 win.

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