Manny Machado’s grand slam capped off a six-run sixth inning as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Astros 9-4 on Sunday at Minute Maid, earning 4-game series split.
The home run was the first of the year for Machado, and the first grand slam of his career. He had four hits in the final two games of the series after going 0-for-7 in games one and two.
Baltimore got on the board in the second inning when David Lough followed a Jonathan Schoop single with his first home run of the season. In the third inning, Adam Jones made it 3-0 with a sacrifice fly.
Chris Carter got the Astros on the board in the fourth with an RBI single, but the inning ended with the tying run on base, and the Astros never got that close again.
The first three Orioles reached base to start the sixth inning, and Lough singled in their fourth run of the game. After a Nick Hundley sacrifice fly, the Astros walked Nick Markakis intentionally, leading to the Machado grand slam, which knocked Astros starter Scott Feldman from the game. All nine runs he allowed in 5.1 innings were earned.
Wei-Yin Chen also tossed 5.1 innings, but gave up just the one run on four hits. Houston scored a run against Brad Brach in the seventh inning thanks to a Carlos Coporan sacrifice fly. Matt Dominguez made it a 9-4 game when he hit a 2-run homer off Preston Guilmet in the eighth inning.
Schoop had three hits for Baltimore, while Lough knocked in three runs.
Springer had two hits for the Astros and the bullpen trio of Josh Fields, Paul Clemens and Darrin Downs kept Baltimore off the board after Feldman left the game. Clemens tossed two scoreless innings after being recalled from AAA Oklahoma City on Saturday night.
Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz, who leads the majors with 20 home runs, left the game in the third inning after being hit by a pitch. X-rays were negative and he was diagnosed with a left-hand contusion.Follow @AdamSpolane
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