Baltimore Orioles Daily: Birds ride Pedro Alvarez power surge to first home series win
The Orioles outscored the Tigers 16-12 in front of the home crowd.
The Baltimore Orioles triumphed over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday, securing their first home series win of the 2018 season. The O’s improved to 8-20, 12.5 games out of first place in the AL East.
This has been one of the worst Aprils in franchise history, but ignore the paltry win total for a second — the Orioles offense was rock-solid over the weekend, scoring between five and six runs in all three games. Sunday’s contest was no exception, as the Birds led for all nine innings and finished with a 5-3 win.
With one hit and two walks, Manny Machado was steady, but he didn’t score or drive in any runs. Instead, it was Trey Mancini who got the O’s on the board, clubbing a home run to left field in the first inning.
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Mancini’s dinger was just a taste of what was to come. Pedro Alvarez, making his first start at third base in well over a year, leaned into his recent power surge and hit two homers: a two-run fly in the second inning and a solo shot in the eighth. Outfielder Craig Gentry knocked in the other run with a timely single in the sixth frame.
On the other side of the ball, the Orioles did just enough. Kevin Gausman pitched well in just under six innings, but struggling reliever Brad Brach surrendered back-to-back doubles in the seventh to Jeimer Candelario and Niko Goodrum, inflating his ERA to 5.73 in the process. Fortunately for the crowd at Camden Yards, Mychal Givens and Darren O’Day were able to close out the win.
It was a hard-fought weekend for Baltimore, and with the Angels next on the schedule, it’s only going to get harder. The first pitch of the road series is set for tomorrow at 10:07 p.m. ET. Until then, here’s what you may have missed yesterday:
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