BALTIMORE — Though they are certainly capable of winning a pitching duel, the Baltimore Orioles are most known for their ability to hit the long ball.
The Orioles went with the latter approach on Sunday, pounding the Oakland Athletics with a fence-clearing barrage.
Manny Machado hit two of Baltimore’s season-high six homers, including a grand slam, and the Orioles scored all their runs on long balls in an 11-3 rout.
“They have power all the way up and down the lineup,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “You have to make quality pitches, especially in this ballpark, and we didn’t do it today.”
Machado connected with a man in the first inning and added his third career slam in the eighth. The six RBIs were a career high.
“It’s a great day,” Machado said. “I was able to go out there, put some great swings and hit some homers.”
Machado, Pedro Alvarez, Jonathan Schoop and Mark Trumbo homered off Kendall Graveman (1-4). Joey Rickard added a solo shot off Ryan Dull before Machado capped the surge against J.B. Wendelken, making his major league debut.
On Thursday night, the Orioles beat the Yankees 1-0 in 10 innings. In this one, they circled the bases in dizzying fashion.
“The homers are not always going to be there,” Machado said.
Manager Buck Showalter said: “We’re going to have some games where you have to win 1-0, 2-1. … Day like this, though, you do need to kind of say it was fun to be a part of.”
Trumbo finished a double short of the cycle. He singled in the first inning, hit a two-run shot in the third and was credited with a triple when his high fly to right was lost in the sun by Josh Reddick.
Trumbo popped out in his final two at-bats. The last one came against Oakland catcher Josh Phegley, who retired two straight batters in the eighth after Melvin decided against using another pitcher.
“It brings a little levity to what was a tough game at that point in time,” Melvin said.
Reddick went 3 for 3 with a walk and 10 for 12 in the three-game series. He headed out of town with a franchise-record-tying eight straight hits.
“Look at all the players that have played in this uniform — Hall of Famers that have been there,” Reddick said. “To be up there on the top is a really great honor.”
But Oakland lost the final two games and has dropped six of seven overall to fall a season-high four games under .500 at 14-18.
Baltimore’s Chris Tillman (4-1) gave up three first-inning runs before settling down to win his third straight start. The right-hander allowed six hits over 6¹⁄³ innings, striking out seven and walking four.
The A’s got four hits in the first inning, including run-scoring singles by Reddick and Danny Valencia.
Machado answered in the bottom half, and Baltimore took the lead in the second inning on back-to-back drives by Alvarez and Schoop. The drive by Alvarez landed on Eutaw Street beyond the right-field wall and hit the B&O Warehouse on one hop.
“That was a big, old boy home run,” Showalter said.
Trumbo’s ninth homer made it 6-3 in the third.