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Orioles stay on a roll, take three of four in series with 11-5 victory over Rays

There’s no sense trying to explain it. The Orioles have rediscovered their offensive mojo and they’ve been lording it over the Tampa Bay Rays all weekend.

They went bat-slap crazy on Sunday like they did the previous two nights, jumping on on Rays starter Yonny Chirinos for three runs in the first inning and cruising to an 11-5 victory before an announced 22,544 at Oriole Park.

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Round up the usual suspects. Adam Jones was on base all afternoon. Joey Rickard continued to bedevil the team that originally drafted him. Jonathan Schoop went deep and has hit a home run in six of his past seven games.

The Orioles play their final game before the nonwaiver trade deadline Sunday.

Throw in the first multi-homer performance of the year by Chris Davis and it was a feelgood afternoon all around.

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Davis provided the spark with a two-run homer in the first inning and the rejuvenated Orioles lineup scored in four of the first five innings. He put the cherry on top in the eighth inning with another two-run shot that was his 13th home run of the year.

“We’ll take it,’’ manager Buck Showalter said. “We’ve won four of the last five and I think we caught Tampa with their pitching a little bit down. But every time it looked like they would get back in it, we answered. We used to real good at that, so it’s good to see that coming out.”

The offense came out swinging after the All-Star break and ranks among the major league leaders with an average of 6.7 runs per game since then.

Go figure. This is the same team that came back from Toronto last weekend in a 5-20 tailspin, but the O’s have won four of six on this just-completed homestand and went utterly medieval on the struggling Rays pitching staff. Following a 4-3 loss in the series opener, the Orioles scored 37 runs over the past three games.

Jones was on base four times with three hits and a walk. Davis reached base two other times with a walk and a hit by pitch. Rickard had two more hits and finished a huge weekend in which he banged out six hits, scored four runs and had eight RBIs. Reserve catcher Austin Wynns even got into the act, hitting his second homer of the season and scoring two runs.

“It was great,’’ Jones said. “Everybody passed the baton. It was good to see some crooked numbers up there. Good to see guys with multi-hit games throughout the weekend. We never quit. It’s always fun to come to the park and play with these guys that never quit. It’s always been entertaining.”

Dylan Bundy became the latest beneficiary of this offensive largesse, though he didn’t need all of it. He pitched a solid seven innings and gave up three runs on four hits to improve his record to 7-9.

First baseman C.J. Cron had his number, hitting a pair of solo home runs in his first two at-bats, and Jake Bauers added a bases-empty homer, but the game was never in doubt. The Rays added a couple of runs in the eighth off reliever Mychal Givens to make is look like less of a blowout.

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