The Orioles staged a huge rally against the usually-stingy Royals bullpen in the bottom of the eighth inning last night, scoring 10 runs in an eventual 14-8 win. As you’ll see in the video below, they hit two grand slams along the way…
The Orioles are the seventh team in the modern era to hit two grand slams in the same inning and the first since the Mets did it against the Cubs on July 16, 2006.
By the way, what you didn’t see in that video was Chris Davis being hit in the back with a pitch two batters after Manny Machado hit the second home run (it was only a solo shot) of the inning. Sensing intent, Davis slammed his bat into the ground in frustration. After warnings were issued to both benches, Orioles manager Buck Showalter came out to argue and was ejected from the game. Yep, this inning had pretty much everything.
The Blue Jays made a statement with their bats last night in the Bronx, slugging five home runs as part of an 11-5 win in the first game of an important AL East battle against the Yankees.
Yankees rookie right-hander Luis Severino had his worst start in the majors, allowing six runs over just 2 1/3 innings. Josh Donaldson and Justin Smoak both took him deep in the first inning. Russell Martin added two home runs against the Yankees bullpen while Edwin Encarnacion also got in on the fun.
David Price allowed two runs and only lasted five innings, but it was good enough for the victory. He’s now 6-1 with a 2.28 ERA over his first eight starts with the Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays hold a season-high 2 1/2 game lead over the Yankees in the AL East. The two teams will play a doubleheader today.
Your Friday box scores and AP recaps:
Cubs 5, Phillies 1; Cubs 7, Phillies 3
Royals 8, Orioles 14
Blue Jays 11, Yankees 5
Brewers 3, Pirates 6
Red Sox 4, Rays 8
Nationals 1, Marlins 2
Athletics 0, Rangers 4
Mets 5, Braves 1
Twins 6, White Sox 2
Astros 2, Angels 3
Rockies 4, Mariners 2
Padres 1, Giants 9
Cardinals 2, Reds 2 – suspended in eighth inning due to rain, will resume at 12:30 ET on Saturday
Tigers/Indians – PPD
Mets right-hander Bartolo Colon now owns the longest single-season scoreless streak by a pitcher 42 years or older.
Colon came into tonight’s start with 25 consecutive scoreless innings between three starts and one relief appearance. He has tossed three scoreless innings against the Braves so far tonight, which brings his total to 28 straight. That moves him ahead of Hall of Famers Cy Young (1909) and Warren Spahn (1963). Some pretty nice company there.
Colon just delivered an RBI single, so it’s been quite a night for him so far.
UPDATE: Colon held the Braves scoreless until the bottom of the seventh inning, so his scoreless streak ended at 31 innings. That ties him for third-highest in Mets history. R.A. Dickey (32 2/3 innings in 2012) holds the franchise record.