Orioles mash on Mother's Day

The Orioles maintained their macho image today while replacing orange with pink.

Real men are secure in their masculinity and mashing ability. They also appreciate and support the cause.

Five home runs were hit in the first four innings and Manny Machado added his third career grand slam in the eighth, Chris Tillman blanked the Athletics after surrendering three runs in the opening frame, and the Orioles took the series with a 11-3 victory before an announced crowd of 43,690 at Camden Yards.

Machado (two), Pedro Alvarez, Jonathan Schoop, Mark Trumbo and Joey Rickard dialed long distance for the Orioles, who improved to 18-12 and won their sixth series. The six home runs are a season high.

Machado drove in a career-high six runs and got a curtain call in the eighth after the Orioles loaded the bases with no outs against J.B. Wendelken and he cleared them with the count full. He has seven multi-homer games in his career. He's only 23.

I checked and J.B. doesn't stand for "Just Brutal."

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The six home runs were the most allowed by Oakland since April 19, 1994. It got so bad, catcher Josh Phegley came into the game to pitch in the eighth. He struck out Adam Jones and retired Trumbo on pop up.

Alvarez's ball landed on Eutaw Street and hit the warehouse on one bounce. He almost took out a window.

It's the 83rd time in Camden Yards history that a ball has landed on Eutaw Street, the 35th by an Oriole and the first by Alvarez, who reminded us of his tremendous power.

Schoop extended his hitting streak to 11 games, and the Orioles went back-to-back for the fourth time this season. Trumbo came within a double of the cycle - something no Oriole has accomplished since Felix Pie in 2009.

Tillman turned in his fourth consecutive quality start after Brad Brach stranded a runner in the seventh. He allowed three runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings, with four walks, seven strikeouts, a wild pitch and a hit batter. He threw 109 pitches, 68 for strikes.

Brach didn't allow a run in 1 2/3 innings and lowered his ERA to 1.06 in 17 innings. He's surrendered two runs and seven hits in 17 innings, with only one home run. He's still underrated.

Vance Worley got the final three outs to secure the win.

Rickard also walked, singled, made a sensational diving catch in left-center field, ran down another ball in the gap that looked like trouble and notched an assist.

Schoop had three hits, including singles in the sixth and eighth innings.

Oakland's Josh Reddick matched the franchise record with hits in eight consecutive at-bats.

Today's Mother's Day Catch on the Field event raised $20,000 for the Orioles Charitable Foundation. The Father's Day Catch will take place on June 19.

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