BALTIMORE — Baltimore Orioles Manager Buck Showalter might not be a fan of doubleheaders, but he couldn’t complain about the result of Saturday’s split twin-bill against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Camden Yards.
In between, the team honored former manager Earl Weaver, the legendary Orioles skipper who preached the importance of pitching, defense and the three-run homer. Weaver died in January at the age of 82.
“Quite frankly, the Oriole Way is the Weaver Way,” Showalter told the crowd during the ceremony.
And in the sixth inning of Game 2, Machado lined a three-run homer in the left field seats that certainly would have made Weaver proud.
The Orioles won both games of a doubleheader for the first time since Oct. 1, 2010. They also clinched a win in their first interleague series of the season — and first series win ever against the Dodgers — and gave the Orioles their fourth series win in 2013.
Despite issuing four walks and hitting a batter, Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen held the Dodgers to one run on three hits over six innings, snapping a 10-start winless streak that dated from his last win on August 19, 2012.
Slugging first baseman Chris Davis hit his seventh homer of the season in the second to tie the game at 1-1, launching a pitch from Dodgers starter Josh Beckett to the deepest part of Camden Yards.
Machado then gave the Orioles the lead in the fifth, lacing a one-out, run-scoring double down the left field line to score Nate McLouth from third.
Center fielder Adam Jones then doubled to left-center field, scoring Machado on a ball that was just out of the reach of Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford.
With two on in the sixth, Machado turned quickly on a 2-2 pitch from Beckett right over the heart of the plate, hitting a line-drive into the first few rows of the left field stands to give the Orioles a 6-1 lead.
Orioles left fielder Nolan Reimold led the way in Game 1, driving in three runs, including a game-winning two-run double in the eighth inning that proved to be the difference.
The Orioles dealt South Korean left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu his roughest big-league start.
Ryu allowed five runs on eight hits, including a pair of homers – J.J. Hardy’s two-run shot in the second inning and Reimold’s solo homer in the fourth — after yielding just one homer in his first three starts.
Earlier in the day, Showalter talked about how he badly he wanted to avoid a doubleheader because of the way it can tax a bullpen and disrupt a starting rotation schedule. It worked out okay on Saturday.
— Baltimore Sun