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Orioles' Chance Sisco bats second and hits his first home run of the season

Orioles manager Buck Showalter was looking for a spark when he moved rookie catcher Chance Sisco up to the second spot in the batting order Wednesday night.

The move worked, but it didn't change the outcome of the game.

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Sisco, a left-handed batter, hit his first home run of the season in the fifth inning off Tampa Bay pitcher Jake Faria, pulling the Orioles back to within one run of the Rays after their four-run rally in the top of the inning. It was the third career home run for Sisco, who hit his first in just his third major league at-bat Sept. 14 against the New York Yankees.

The opposite-field homer is another sign that Sisco is getting more comfortable at the plate while veteran Caleb Joseph continues to struggle. Sisco is hitting .255 with six RBIs in 47 at-bats.

"It's getting there," he said. "Obviously, I want to cut down on the strikeouts, but I'm just trying to get good at-bats together, got a good pitch to hit in that at-bat and just barreled it up."

Sisco wasn't ready to read too much into the jump from the bottom third of the batting order to the No. 2 slot.

"It's always nice to be at the top of the order," he said. "Just trying to have good at-bats, whatever slot I'm in. I'm not really worried about that right now."

Behind the plate for Alex Cobb's first start as an Oriole at Camden Yards, Sisco echoed Cobb in describing the veteran right-hander's performance.

"His command was pretty good tonight," said Sisco, who was starting his fourth consecutive big league game for the first time. "He was throwing all three pitches for strikes for the most part. He had that one rough last inning, but command was better tonight."

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