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Orioles Hit Four Home Runs In 7-2 Win Against Oakland

August 11, 2017
OAKLAND, Calif. -- After getting only four hits in their previous game, the Orioles came into Oakland hoping their bats would heat up. 

That certainly was the case, as they got nine extra-base hits, equaling a season-high, during their 7-2 win against the Athletics before 11,386 at Oakland Coliseum Aug. 10.
The Orioles are 57-58 and have split the first four games of their 10-game West Coast trip. They trail Seattle and Tampa Bay, who are tied for the second American League wild-card spot by 1.5 games. Minnesota, Kansas City and Los Angeles are also just ahead of the Orioles
They hit two sets of back-to-back home runs: Center fielder Adam Jones and first baseman Trey Mancini in the fourth, and Mancini and designated hitter Mark Trumbo in the sixth.
Mancini has 20 home runs on the season, while Jones has 21. Trumbo and Chris Davis, who was given the night off because of a 2-for-25 slump, both have 18.
"I don't know if it was unexpected. I didn't really think too much before the season about how many home runs did I think I would hit or anything," Mancini said. "It definitely feels good, especially back in spring training not knowing where I was going to be this year. Just really not try to take any time for granted here and trying to help this team win some games."
Mancini began the road trip hitless in 11 at-bats.
"Every time you think Trey is getting ready to maybe have a spot that some rookies do, he seems to get right back on track," manager Buck Showalter said. "That's a real testament to him and how strong he is mentally."
 Oakland right-hander Chris Smith, a 36-year-old journeyman, allowed all four Orioles home runs. It was the first time Smith had seen Mancini.
"That guy's on fire right now, and I ran in there with a gas can on my back," Smith said.
Shortstop Tim Beckham, who had a triple and double for his seventh multi-hit game since joining the Orioles, has hit in all 10 games he's played with the team. He became the first to begin his Orioles career with a 10-game hitting streak since Eric Byrne had an 11-game streak from July 30-Aug. 10, 2005.
Wade Miley pitched seven innings, his longest outing since June 1, which was the last time he had a quality start.
"Obviously I got deeper. Pitch count, I think I had a couple of quick innings in the middle -- second, third, fourth," Miley said. "That allowed me to go deep into the game. Just throwing strikes, getting ahead a little bit more. Still not where I want to be at. Still don't have the fastball command I would like. But was able to use the breaking ball, use the cutter to get ahead a little more. It's working out."
The left-hander allowed one unearned run on three hits. He walked three and struck out seven. Miley's 69 walks leads the majors.
NOTES: LHP Zach Britton converted his 59th save chance in succession. … Catcher Welington Castillo has a 10-game hitting streak, the longest in his career. … INF Ryan Flaherty (shoulder) had a day off in his rehab at Double-A Bowie. … Showalter expects Anthony Santander will play the corner outfield positions and get some time at DH when he returns next week from his rehab assignment at Bowie. "I'm excited about getting a look at him," Showalter said. "We'll figure out how it fits." … Right-handers Ubaldo Jimenez (5-7, 6.31) and Paul Blackburn are the scheduled Aug. 11 starters. Game time is 10:07 p.m. … RHP Hunter Harvey threw two scoreless innings at short-season Class A Aberdeen Aug. 9. He'll pitch at Aberdeen again Aug. 16. ... The Orioles have nine sets of back-to-back home runs this season.

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