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Stellar outing by Ubaldo Jimenez leads Orioles past Cardinals

Stellar outing by Ubaldo Jimenez leads Orioles past Cardinals

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Ubaldo Jimenez was stellar in his first start since May 22, Mark Trumbo homered for the second consecutive day and the Baltimore Orioles beat the St. Louis Cardinals 8-5 on Sunday.

Seth Smith and Trey Mancini homered to start the first and second innings, respectively, for Baltimore. Welington Castillo also had a solo shot in the fifth that gave the Orioles a 7-2 lead.

Baltimore homered 10 times while winning two of three from the Cardinals to improve to .500 (34-34). It was the first time the Orioles won a three-game series since May 29-31 against the Yankees.

Jimenez (2-2) has struggled most of the season and relinquished his starting role to Alec Asher, who also failed to hold down the job. Jimenez will likely stay in the rotation after allowing just two runs and four hits with three strikeouts and two walks over seven innings.

Brad Brach picked up his 12th save for Baltimore.

St. Louis' Lance Lynn (5-4) allowed seven runs and nine hits with five strikeouts and a career-high four home runs over 4 2/3 innings.

Dexter Fowler homered for the fourth consecutive game with a two-run shot in the eighth, and three batters later, Yadier Molina had solo home run that pulled the Cardinals to 8-5.

Stephen Piscotty also hit a pair of solo homers for the Cardinals, who have lost five of six.

Manny Machado's RBI single in the sixth gave Baltimore an 8-2 lead.


Cardinals: 2B Kolten Wong (right tricep strain) has been "resting and strengthening" after going on the 10-day DL on Thursday, manager Mike Matheny said. Wong is batting .304 in 45 games (125 at-bats).

Orioles: SS J.J. Hardy (right wrist contusion) left the game in the sixth after being hit by a pitch. ... Reliever Darren O'Day (right shoulder strain) will throw his first bullpen session Monday.


Cardinals: RHP Mike Leake (5-6, 3.14) is looking to snap a four-game losing streak when he starts the series opener Tuesday against Phillies RHP Jeremy Hellickson (5-5, 4.91).

Orioles: RHP Dylan Bundy (7-5, 3.29) has been Baltimore's most effective starter and throws Monday against first-place Cleveland and RHP Corey Kluber (5-2, 4.15).


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Machado hits 9th-inning slam to lift Orioles past Angels 9-7

Machado hits 9th-inning slam to lift Orioles past Angels 9-7

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Manny Machado capped a three-homer night with a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Baltimore Orioles rallied past the Los Angeles Angels 9-7 on Friday night in a game that featured 10 home runs.

Machado hit his seventh career slam off Keynan Middleton (4-1), who entered with two on and one out in the ninth. After Tim Beckham singled to load the bases, Machado hit a drive far over the center-field wall to give the Orioles their first lead.

Machado also hit a two-run homer in the third and a solo shot in the fifth to finish with seven RBIs.

Albert Pujols set the tone for the game in the first inning with a milestone homer off Jeremy Hellickson. There would be plenty more long balls on a steamy night at Camden Yards, five by each team.

Pujols' two-run drive was the 609th of his career, tied with Sammy Sosa for eighth on the all-time list. Pujols and Sosa now share the distinction of hitting more home runs that any other foreign-born player.

After Pujols and Kole Calhoun connected in succession in the first inning, C.J. Cron and Kaleb Cowart homered in the second for a 5-0 lead. The Orioles used homers by Mark Trumbo, Machado and Caleb Joseph and cut the gap to a run before a two-run drive by Mike Trout made it 7-4 in the fifth.

All five L.A. home runs came off Hellickson, the first time the right-hander yielded more than three in a game.

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Tim Beckham trade has paid off for Orioles and Beckham

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Tim Beckham trade has paid off for Orioles and Beckham

Tim Beckham is probably still getting used to playing with a Black and Orange uniform, but at the plate he is more comfortable than ever. 

Since picking the shortstop on July 31, he is batting .485 with 32 hits, 14 extra base knocks with five of those being homers. This is all within 16 games for the Baltimore Orioles, meaning he is averaging two hits a game.

Already Beckham has surpassed the amount of doubles he had with the Tampa Bay Rays in 87 games (seven compared to five). His batting average has risen over 200 points and his slugging percentage has doubled to .879.

To get the 27-year-old infielder, the Orioles only gave up minor-league pitcher Tobias Myers. 

That's right, a minor-league pitcher for a starting shortstop that currently holds the MLB's best batting average of all starting position players in the month of August.

A pretty good deal for the Orioles. 

Originally, Beckham looked to be a filler for the injured J.J. Hardy who is now currently on the 60-day disabled list. Now, it appears the Orioles have found their new starter in the gap. His fielding percentage is 94.9 percent since joinging the O's with four errors in 78 fielding chances.

With Tampa Bay he rotated among all of the infield positions for four years. 

Unfortunately as a single player, Beckham has been unable to get Baltimore to win more contests as the team is 8-8 with him in the line-up. 

In his first week with the Orioles, Beckham earned the AL Player of the Week and has not let up since.