BALTIMORE — It’s been a pretty consistent recipe for success for the Baltimore Orioles this season — bash a bunch of home runs and win.
The best homer-hitting team in baseball did it again Friday night, launching three long balls, including Nate McLouth’s first career grand slam, to beat the Seattle Mariners, 11-8, before an announced crowd of 25,947.
The Orioles (61-49) have won 17 of 19 games this season in which they have homered three or more times.
McLouth’s sixth-inning grand slam that blew the game open was the 95th home run of his career but the first with the bases loaded.
Chris Davis’s third-inning, 442-foot homer was his 40th of the season, making him the fifth player in club history to reach that milestone, joining Brady Anderson, Frank Robinson, Jim Gentile and Rafael Palmeiro. It took him 110 team games (of which he has missed only one) to reach 40, breaking the franchise record set by Robinson, who hit his 40th in the team’s 125th game in 1966.
And Davis’s 40th homer also carried with it another distinction. It landed on Eutaw Street behind the right-field flag court — the 72nd to reach there in stadium history, sixth this season and fourth by Davis in his career.
The Orioles’ other homer almost wasn’t. Second baseman Ryan Flaherty, who was in the lineup because Brian Roberts was placed on the paternity list, hit a ball in the fourth inning that just cleared the right field scoreboard and hit the mesh railing in front of the flag court. It was initially ruled a double, but after an umpire’s review, the call was changed to a homer. Flaherty also had a double and a single, setting a career high in hits.
— Baltimore Sun