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Orioles' Bad Streaks End With An Offensive Outburst

June 17, 2018
BALTIMORE -- This was the day for unwanted streaks to end of the Orioles. Their nine-game losing streak, the longest in nearly six years, concluded. So did their 11-game skid at home, which equaled the longest in club history. It began on May 16 and ended on Father's Day.

Besides those, a more arcane but telling streak also ended in the Orioles' 10-4 win against the Miami Marlins on June 17.

Third baseman Jace Peterson's two-run home run in the fifth inning was the first multi-run homer hit by the Orioles since May 19. Their previous 18 home runs had been solo shots.

A more imaginative Orioles' offense emerged during the Orioles' 5-4 loss June 16 and this win. The frustrated Orioles' hitters, the right-handed ones, were regularly hitting the ball to right field and getting results.

Five Orioles runs were driven in by right-handed hitters going to the opposite field.

Designated hitter Mark Trumbo drove in two with a third-inning double and a seventh-inning homer, center fielder Adam Jones hit a two-run double and shortstop Manny Machado an eighth-inning single -- all to right field.

"Personally, it just kind of happened that way," Trumbo said. "I didn't like the swings I put on in the first game of the series. I felt they were too passive, so I wanted to try to get a better version of my swing going. Fortunately, today, that's what showed up."

Peterson drove in four, but he's a left-handed hitter. Left fielder Trey Mancini's third-inning single was hit to center after he had been held hitless during his last 21 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

The 10 runs scored were the most since the Orioles' last win at home when they beat Tampa Bay 17-1 May 13.

"It's been inconsistent," Trumbo said. "It's been a struggle. Usually when the team's struggling as a whole, the pitchers get a little more comfortable on the other side, and they cruise through some of those innings. It's important to try and kind of peck away. I'd like to see a whole lot more games that look like this going forward. I think everybody would."

Trumbo, who entered the game in a 2-for-27 slide, was 3-for-5.

"We're doing what we can, constantly trying to get better," Trumbo said. "It doesn't always show up, but that has to be the goal going forward. It's going to be a long road for the team, but you want to see improvement in some areas. I think if you can target those and actually do it, we'll be that much better because of that."

Dylan Bundy had been masterful in day games entering his start June 17. He had a 1.08 ERA in six daytime starts while his night game ERA was 6.21. He allowed four runs over six innings to the Marlins.

The right-hander two home runs to Miami's Justin Bour -- a solo shot in the fourth and a three-run shot in the sixth that accounted for all the Marlins' runs.

Bundy was the starter during the two most recent strong Orioles' offensive days -- for the 17-run outburst, and in a 9-3 win in Chicago May 24.

"It was great. It gave us some room for error," Bundy said of the offense. "Unfortunately they scored all those runs so I needed it in the sixth when I gave up the three-run shot to Bour. Good team win."
 
The Orioles' win was just their 20th of the season. They're now 20-50.
 
"It was difficult for everyone. We know what we are capable of and we're not doing it right now. It was one of those days where we performed the way we should," Bundy said.
 
Manager Buck Showalter has watched a lot of difficult losses, and liked the offensive approach.
 
"I think that's a good sign. I hope," Showalter said. "It's going to take a long period of offensive success for us to kind of feel good as a group."