BALTIMORE -- Tim Beckham has had a strong first week with the Baltimore Orioles, and the new shortstop continued his joyride by hitting the 10,000th home run in franchise history.
By the time Beckham hit his home run in the eighth inning, the Orioles already had a lead. In his first four games with the Orioles after the July 31 trade from Tampa Bay, he set a team record with 11 hits, and he’s now had five straight multi-hit games.
The Orioles also had clutch home runs from outfielder Adam Jones and catcher Welington Castillo in their 5-2 win against the Detroit Tigers before 33,911 at Oriole Park Aug. 5.
Beckham, who’s also homered in three straight games for the first time in his career, added a curtain call to his resume. He’s batted .650 (13-for-20) in his five games with the Orioles.
“It was a great feeling, man. My first one in my career for sure,” Beckham said about his curtain call. “Tampa doesn’t pack out the stadium like that, but it’s a great feeling man, to play in Baltimore, in front of the Orioles fans. The energy they bring to the stadium every night is pretty fun.”
Five days ago, Beckham was in Houston with the Rays and got the news he was on his way to Baltimore.
“Automatically, I thought, ‘man, that’s a great club to be with.’ They have a lot of fun,” Beckham said. “They go out and compete every night. That’s something I wanted to be a part of, now that they figured I got the news they traded me. It’s been fun.”
Jones has enjoyed watching what Beckham brings to the club.
“It's a fresh face. It's a familiar face, but a fresh face,” Jones said. “He offers a lot of intangibles that we don't use a lot here--his speed game is tremendous. He's not afraid to take that extra base and not afraid to risk anything. That's what we need. I'm glad that he's here. He brings a lot of energy the five days he's been here. Let's continue it.”
Jones hit his 20th homer of the season to left field in the fifth, and he has seven consecutive seasons of 20 or more homers. Only Cal Ripken and Eddie Murray have more as an Oriole.
What’s his explanation for his consistency?
“Just being healthy, knock on wood. I think just being available,” Jones said. “If you're not playing, you can't do much. I think that me just being in the lineup on a consistent basis, I think that if I'm playing, there's a possibility of doing something. Playing a lot of games each year, I just think that when I'm there, there's an opportunity to do something. My teammates push me every day to be better, to be a better player. It's not just me. My teammates push me, and my health--I've been fortunate enough to be healthy."
Castillo hit a leadoff home run off Detroit reliever Joe Jimenez in the seventh, the 11th of the season for the catcher. That gave the Orioles a 3-2 lead.
Prior to losses in the first two games against the Tigers, the Orioles had won five straight and pulled to within a game of .500. Now, they’re back to two games below .500 with a difficult 10-game road trip looming after the final game of the series.
The Orioles overcame another labor-intensive start from Wade Miley. Though the left-hander finished up his five-inning stint by retiring seven straight hitters, Miley needed 113 pitches to get through it.
Justin Upton, who homered in the first two games, did it again in the first, and his two-run blast accounted for both Detroit runs.
Right-hander Brad Brach got the win with 1.2 innings, and left-hander Zach Britton got his first four-out save of the season, his ninth of the year, and his 58th-consecutive successful save conversion.
NOTES: infielder Ryan Flaherty (right shoulder) will continue his rehab for Double-A Bowie at Portland Aug. 6. … RHPs Ubaldo Jimenez (4-7, 6.56) and Anibal Sanchez (3-1, 5.83) are the Aug. 6 starters.