For one night only, the Orioles’ home runs flying out of Camden Yards at a near-record rate weren’t the biggest blows dealt.
That honor went to shortstop Manny Machado and Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura, who brawled after the latter plunked the former with a pitch in the fifth inning of the Orioles’ eventual 9-1 rout of Kansas City before a lively midweek crowd of 28,110.
Both were ejected at the time of the scrum, which saw the benches and bullpens empty. The Orioles led 5-1 at the time, well on their way to securing a series win over the defending World Series champions, who have lost five straight. The Orioles have won three in a row, and improved to 6-3 on their current homestand.
In the first inning, the Orioles did all of their damage keeping the ball in the park. Five of the first six batters they sent up reached on hits, and four scored. Third baseman Ryan Flaherty’s first home run of the season, which landed on Eutaw Street, made it 5-0 after two innings.
Immediately after the fight, right fielder Mark Trumbo and first baseman Chris Davis hit back-to-back home runs off reliever Chien-Ming Wang, and center fielder Adam Jones homered in the sixth to seal it.
The Orioles moved into the major league lead with 88 home runs on the season. Trumbo drove in four runs and extended his major-league lead with his 20th home run.
Jimenez pulls through: Despite allowing 12 base runners over five innings, Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez yielded just one run, the fewest he’s allowed since his first start of the season on April 7.
Jimenez, who entered the night having allowed five or more runs in three of his last four starts, allowed nine hits and walked three, but still earned his first win since May 7.
He performed his best escape act in the fourth, when Jimenez walked in a run after loading the bases on three straight singles to open the inning. After that, he faced the bases loaded with no outs with the top of the Kansas City batting order looming.
But Jimenez retired the next three hitters to end the threat, getting Alcides Escobar to line out to first, then striking out Whit Merrifield and inducing a fly out to center from Lorenzo Cain.
The Royals put at least two runners on base in each of Jimenez’s five innings, but stranded five baserunners in scoring position.
The Royals were 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position on the night.
Cain steals homer from Alvarez, gets standing O: The Orioles know the special talents of Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain, who was the MVP of the AL Championship Series two years ago that ended the Orioles’ postseason run, but Cain made possibly his best play yet against the O’s on Tuesday night when he robbed Pedro Alvarez of a home run in the first inning.
The Orioles already led 4-0 with one out in the inning when Alvarez launched a Yordano Ventura pitch toward the Orioles’ bullpen in left-center field.
Cain sped into the gap and in full stride leaped up at the wall, extending his hand over the fence and snagged Alvarez’s liner and brought it back into the field of play, preventing the Orioles from taking a six-run first-inning lead.
After the initial shock of watching Cain’s highlight-reel grab, the crowd at Camden Yards gave Cain a standing ovation.
Kim with another multi-hit game: Left fielder Hyun Soo Kim, who has become the team’s everyday left fielder, recorded his eighth multi-hit game on Tuesday after hitting singles in each of his first two at bats.
After going 2-for-5, Kim is now hitting .378 on the season and has hit safely in 16 of his 23 games. He has four two-hit games and four three-hit games.