ARLINGTON, TEXAS — Two days of lamenting that their explosive offense couldn't keep them undefeated forever ended with the Orioles' 11-5 win Friday over the Texas Rangers.
A jaw-dropping, nine-run seventh inning that saw designated hitter Mark Trumbo become the first player in team history to hit two home runs in one inning was the difference. Trumbo is the first player to accomplish the feat since Toronto Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion on July 26, 2013.
Trumbo has now hit five homers in the past five games, and had five RBIs in that one inning. It marked his first five-RBI game since Sept. 15, 2014.
Home runs by second baseman Jonathan Schoop and right fielder Nolan Reimold also contributed to that game-winning inning, which erased a 5-1 deficit that the Rangers had built in the second inning off Orioles starter Vance Worley.
In total, 12 men came to the plate for the Orioles (8-2) in that seventh inning, which saw the Rangers use three pitchers. Outfielder Adam Jones added an RBI single after third baseman Manny Machado barely missed what could have been yet another home run off the right-center-field wall.
It was the Orioles' biggest inning since Sept. 11, when they homered three times including two grand slams during a 10-run inning against the Kansas City Royals. They also homered three times in the fifth inning of last Friday's 6-1 win against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Schoop also homered in the eighth inning — his third of the season — to provide the final insurance run. The Orioles have now hit 20 home runs through the first 10 games of the season.
Fast start …
It looked like the Orioles were going to pile on Texas early, thanks to what looks like it could be the permanent top of their order. Left fielder Joey Rickard doubled and advanced to third on an error, third baseman Manny Machado walked and center fielder Adam Jones singled to score Rickard with the heart of the order looming.
But a mound visit from Rangers pitching coach Doug Brocail during the next batter helped starter Martin Perez settle down and strike out first baseman Chris Davis, Trumbo and shortstop J.J. Hardy in order.
… but not fast enough
That squandered opportunity stood in stark contrast to what Texas did with early scoring chances. First baseman Mitch Moreland homered into the Orioles bullpen in left-center in the second to shake Orioles starter Vance Worley, who then loaded the bases on two walks and a single. He hit catcher Bryan Holaday to score a second run, then center fielder Delino DeShields singled to drive in two.
When it was all finished, Texas had pushed five across, and Worley threw 31 pitches.
Otherwise, Worley was efficient in setting down the Rangers. He struck out five and faced the minimum in three of his four innings. But just as the home run he allowed to Rays outfielder Corey Dickerson did on Sunday, Moreland's home run seemed to set in course a change in Worley.
He started living outside the strike zone instead of throwing strikes, and the walks ended up hurting him in that inning.
Before their big inning, the Orioles were done in by three double plays through the first five frames. The double plays erased a second-inning single by Schoop, a third-inning leadoff single by Rickard and a fifth-inning single by Reimold.
Interference with catcher
Outside of the second inning, the only hit the Rangers had through the first five innings was a fourth-inning single by shortstop Elvis Andrus. He was erased on a stolen-base attempt when Holaday was called for interfering with the catcher to end the fourth inning.