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Orioles set June home run record with Hyun Soo Kim's seventh-inning homer in Seattle

Orioles set June home run record with Hyun Soo Kim's seventh-inning homer in Seattle
Hyun Soo Kim of the Baltimore Orioles hits a solo home run in the seventh inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on June 30, 2016 in Seattle. (Otto Greule Jr / Getty Images)

Orioles left fielder Hyun Soo Kim's seventh-inning home run Thursday against the Seattle Mariners set a major league record for team home runs in June, giving the Orioles 56 this month.

But for all the fanfare that came with the pursuit of the record, it seemed lost on the major parties involved as it was happening.

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Kim himself didn't know the Orioles had set a record until a few batters later, when he huddled with Adam Jones and Mark Trumbo during the Mariners' seventh-inning pitching change and they let him know.

"Is there some record?" manager Buck Showalter said. "I don't know."

The Orioles arrived in Seattle sitting on 55 home runs in June, tied with the 1996 Oakland Athletics for most in that month all-time. The record for any month is 58, set by the 1987 Orioles that May and matched by the Mariners in May 1999.

Jones led the way with 11 on the month, while first baseman Chris Davis chipped in nine and right fielder Mark Trumbo had eight. In just 17 games, designated hitter Pedro Alvarez had six, while third baseman Manny Machado, second baseman Jonathan Schoop and catcher Matt Wieters each hit five.

Kim hit two in June, both coming this week in consecutive games played by the South Korean outfielder. The record-setting home run was secondary in his mind to the loss the Orioles took.

"It would have been really special if we were able to win the game," Kim said, through translator Danny Lee. "Since we didn't, we can't really be congratulating too much."

Showalter deflected attention away from the month's home run total by focusing on the results that came because of it.

"We've got three months down, three to go," Showalter said. "We've had three winning months. I'm more proud of the fact that we were something like 13-6 in the division. Every division's tough, the West, the Central. It's the big leagues. We play so many games in the division we like to get off to a good start, because everybody's going to make a run at it. We've just got to do what we've got to do."

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