Trumbo hits 23rd homer, has 4 RBIs as Orioles beat Pads 12-6
SAN DIEGO (AP) Mark Trumbo's magnificent two-run home run into the second deck in left field was the 55th of the month for the Baltimore Orioles, tying the big league record for long balls in June.
''Some guys are aware of it, some aren't,'' Trumbo said after the Orioles routed the San Diego Padres for the second straight game, 12-6 on Wednesday. ''It's a special thing but it's not something anyone's going to gloat about or spend too much time thinking about. It just goes to show we're on a nice little run.''
Are they ever. Trumbo hit his major league-leading 23rd homer and drove in four runs for the AL East-leading Orioles, who won their seventh straight game.
With one game left in the month, Baltimore tied the 1996 Oakland A's for the most homers in June. Overall, the Orioles lead the majors with 124.
The Orioles hit four home runs in sweeping the two-game series, including three in Tuesday night's 11-7 win.
''When you're winning, everything is that much better,'' Trumbo said. ''This in particular is a product of a couple guys getting real hot real quick and some of the other guys sustaining what we're doing.''
Trumbo said this is ''easily'' the best lineup he's been on.
''Consistently, too. There's just not too many teams that are going to be able to do what we do. It's kind of the best-case scenario for what we were looking for coming into the season.
''We're getting contributions from everyone,'' Trumbo added. ''I think there's full confidence in one through nine throughout this lineup. There's really no holes. You can chose to go at someone or pitch around someone, but the guys behind them generally have been pretty good about picking up the slack. Anytime you're that deep it can make for a tough time for some of the opposing teams.''
Trumbo hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning and a two-run double in the ninth. Manny Machado had two hits and three RBIs, and pitcher Yovani Gallardo singled twice and scored a run.
After San Diego lefty Christian Friedrich (4-3) retired his first nine batters, he walked Adam Jones and allowed Jonathan Schoop's RBI double. Machado hit an RBI single and, with one out, Trumbo homered into the second deck in left field to make it 4-0.
The Orioles scored two runs in the fifth on a throwing error by Friedrich with two outs and the bases loaded. Friedrich fielded Chris Davis' nubber down the line and made an errant throw to Wil Myers at first. Padres manager Andy Green was ejected for arguing with umpire Bill Miller, apparently about whether Davis ran outside the lane.
''It's a tough call,'' Green said. ''I didn't have the expectation it was a very easy call to make, because they're watching the ball roll down the line. Foul or fair, that's the first thing they're looking at. All I can watch is the baserunner, so I'm starting at Chris Davis. As soon as he passes where the ball is, he veered into fair territory.''
Green said the ejected was ''justified in the sense that I was out there longer than I should've and probably not going to leave until I get ejected? Yeah, that's probably justifiable.''
Said Friedrich: ''It lets you know he's got your back. It fires you up a little bit. You know he's into the game no matter the score, and is always behind his guys.''
The only costly mistake by Gallardo (3-1) was allowing Brett Wallace's three-run homer with two outs in the sixth. Gallardo was outhitting the Padres 2-1 after getting singles in the fifth and sixth. He opened the Padres sixth by allowing a single by Melvin Upton Jr. and walking Myers. Gallardo struck out Matt Kemp and Yangervis Solarte before allowing Wallace's homer to straightaway center, his fifth.
Gallardo didn't allow a hit until rookie Alex Dickerson's single with one out in the fifth. He gave up three hits and three runs in six innings, struck out six and walked three.
Friedrich allowed six runs, four earned, and five hits in five innings. He struck out seven and walked two.
Padres: RHP Andrew Casher (strained neck) is expected to come off the 15-day disabled list Sunday to start against the New York Yankees.
Orioles: RHP Chris Tillman (10-1, 3.52 ERA) starts the opener of a four-game series at Seattle on Thursday night. The Mariners are scheduled to start RHP Taiyuan Walker (3-6, 3.45).
Padres: After a day off, the Padres welcome the New York Yankees to Petco Park, with San Diego RHP Colin Rea (4-3, 5.05 ERA) scheduled to face RHP Nathan Vivaldi (6-5, 5.19).