BALTIMORE (AP) — Cedric Mullins and Trey Mancini hit successive homers, sparking a power surge that carried the Baltimore Orioles past the Chicago Cubs 9-3 on a rainy Tuesday night.
Jorge Mateo, Austin Hays and Ramón Urías also connected for the Orioles, who beat the Cubs for the first time in seven tries since 2008.
“The ball was really carrying tonight, not to take anything away from the homers,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “There were a lot of deep flyouts. We’ve seen it here before. Balls carry here and we hit five tonight. It was good to see.”
Reliever Bryan Baker (2-3) earned the win after allowing one run and one hit over 1 1/3 innings.
Christopher Morel homered on the game’s first pitch off rookie Kyle Bradish and has reached base safely in 21 consecutive games to begin his career, extending his Cubs’ record. Morel also had an RBI triple in the sixth.
“That’s the spark he brings because he’s ready to go when he gets in the box, he’s ready to play baseball, he’s excited to be in there and he’s ready to hit at all times,” Chicago manager David Ross said about Morel. “He’s done a nice job swinging at strikes.”
The Orioles answered in the bottom half when Mullins led off with a homer and Mancini connected on the next pitch by Keegan Thompson (6-1).
It was the first time the Orioles and their opponent managed leadoff homers since Aug. 19, 2016, when Houston’s George Springer and Baltimore’s Adam Jones accomplished that feat.
Mateo’s three-run shot off Thompson in the second gave Baltimore a 5-1 lead.
Thompson entered the game having allowed just three home runs over 12 games (45.1 innings) this season.
Baltimore extended the lead to 7-1 in the third on a run-scoring double by Hays and a sacrifice fly by Ryan Mountcastle.
After Willson Contreras cut the margin to 7-2 with another leadoff home run in the fifth, Hays answered in the bottom half with the seventh homer off Alec Mills that traveled 464 feet into the second deck of left field, the longest homer by an Orioles player this season.
It marked the seventh second-deck home run at Camden Yards and fourth by an Orioles batter.
“I’ve never sniffed the second deck,” Hays said. “I don’t know if there was a gust of wind or what happened with that one. All the stars aligned for me to get one up there.”
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Hyde is facing the Cubs for the first time since leaving their coaching staff to become Orioles manager in December 2018. Hyde is friends with Ross, among others.
“Definitely a little strange to see the Cubs uniform,” Hyde said.
Cubs: RHP Anderson Espinoza was optioned to Double-A Tennessee.
Orioles: Reinstated INF Chris Owings from the bereavement list. … Claimed RHP Austin Voth off waivers from the Washington Nationals. … Designated RHP Cody Sedlock for assignment.
Cubs: Yan Gomes (oblique), Seiya Suzuki (finger) and Jonathan Villar (mouth) all took batting practice Tuesday.
Orioles: Spenser Watkins (elbow) threw in the bullpen and remains on the IL. He was eligible to be activated Tuesday.
Cubs: RHP Marcus Stroman (2-5, 5.32 ERA) is 3-2 with a 4.73 ERA with five walks and 26 strikeouts in six career starts at Camden Yards.
Orioles: RHP Jordan Lyles (3-4, 4.50 ERA) is 3-4 with a 5.68 ERA in 15 career appearances (nine starts) against the Cubs.
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