Orioles recap: Birds hit three homers for come-from-behind win over Royals

At some point, the Orioles' recent stretch of come-from-behind wins will dry up. They'll go behind, stay behind, and lose.

Monday was not one of those nights.


For the fifth time in six games, the Orioles (33-23) erased a late deficit for a 4-1 win in the series opener against the defending World Series champion Kansas City Royals before 14,873 fans at Camden Yards.

Kansas City scored its only run off starter Mike Wright in the seventh inning, and the Orioles quickly erased that deficit. Designated hitter Mark Trumbo and catcher Matt Wieters both homered in the bottom of the seventh, then a third Orioles run came home on a double by center fielder Adam Jones.

Shortstop Manny Machado's 15th home run of the season extended the advantage.

Wright earned his third win of the season, with Brad Brach striking out three for the Orioles in a perfect eighth inning and Zach Britton earning his 18th save of the season.

That's what speed does: Kansas City's first run came in unusual fashion. After a pair of one-out singles by right fielder Paulo Orlando and third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert, left fielder Jarrod Dyson grounded to shortstop into what would have been a double play for players without his speed.

Machado threw to second baseman Jonathan Schoop, who turned toward first but decided not to throw to first because Dyson was already nearly at the bag. Schoop instead tried to bluff a throw -- hoping to catch Orlando too far off third base -- but lost his grip on the ball and spiked it into Cuthbert's arm. Orlando scored on the play, which was ruled an error.

Leaders of the pack: So many Orioles games this year have turned on the production of Trumbo and Wieters. Monday's was no different. The Orioles had four hits and were being shut out through six innings before Trumbo and Wieters hit solo home runs to put them ahead.

Trumbo's home run, which landed in the Orioles bullpen, was his league-leading 19th of the season. Wieters' was his fifth of the year, the latest in a stretch of late-inning heroics for him after Sunday's go-ahead single in the eighth inning.

The Wright stuff: In his first appearance after being demoted then recalled in a two-day span, Wright had his best performance of the season, allowing only an unearned run on five hits with four strikeouts and a pair of walks. It lowered his ERA to 5.14.

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