Unbeaten Orioles beat Rays 5-3 for 5th straight win
ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 11, 2016 05:10 PM
Baltimore Orioles' Pedro Alvarez, left, slides home to score against Tampa Bay Rays catcher Curt Casali (19) on a double by Jonathan Schoop during the second inning of an baseball game, Sunday, April 10, 2016, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
The Associated Press
BALTIMORE (AP) — The last time the Baltimore Orioles got off to a start like this, they ended up winning the World Series.
It's way too soon for the Orioles to be thinking about things like that because, after all, they've still got 157 games left. For now, however, Baltimore is the only unbeaten team in the major leagues.
Manny Machado went 4 for 4 with a two-run homer, helping the Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 Sunday for their fifth straight victory.
The torrid start matches the 1970 team for the best in Orioles history. After sweeping Minnesota in three games to open the season, Baltimore completed the homestand by taking two from Tampa Bay in a rain-abbreviated series.
"It's still early. You don't win a championship in April, but you definitely do learn to play as a team," Machado said. "We're going to continue to do that, hopefully.
Vance Worley gave up three runs over 4 2-3 innings in his Orioles debut and the bullpen blanked the Rays on one hit the rest of the way. Brad Brach (1-0) entered in the fifth and Zach Britton worked a perfect ninth for his second save.
Baltimore's starting rotation was supposed to be the team's weakest link, but the group is a collective 3-0 with a 2.28 ERA.
"They gave us a chance to win, all five games," manager Buck Showalter said. "If we do that we'll have some fun this summer."
South Korean outfielder Hyun Soo Kim made his major league debut for Baltimore, starting in left field and batting ninth. He got two infield hits and went 2 for 3 before being lifted for a pinch runner in the seventh inning.
It's been a tough transition for Kim, who struggled in spring training and was the last position player on the Orioles to get in a game during the regular season.
"I was slightly concerned the team might lose today with me in it," Kim said through a translator. "So to make sure that didn't happen, I tried my best."
At Denver, Trevor Story capped his amazing first week in the majors by hitting his seventh home run and helping the Colorado Rockies beat San Diego 6-3.
Story's homer was one of five solo shots by the Rockies. Carlos Gonzalez went deep twice and Nolan Arenado and Ryan Raburn also connected for Colorado, which salvaged the finale of its three-game series.
Story, whose home run streak ended Friday night after he had become the first player in the majors to homer in the first four games of his career, sent a pitch from Brandon Maurer 425 feet into the left field bleachers leading off the bottom of the eighth.
The Chicago Cubs are tied with Cincinnati for the best win-loss record in the NL at 5-1 after a 7-3 over the Diamondbacks.
Jake Arrieta homered and pitched seven innings, allowing three runs and eight hits, striking out six. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner gave himself a boost with a two-out, two-run homer in the second inning off Shelby Miller (0-1).
In other NL games, Joe Panik hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the sixth inning and San Francisco homered three times to overcome an early five-run deficit in a 9-6 win over the Dodgers, the Phillies beat the Mets 5-2 in New York, Washington beat Miami 4-2 and Cincinnati held off Pittsburgh 2-1.
Brandon Moss and Matt Carpenter hit three-run homers as St. Louis beat the Braves 12-7, keeping Atlanta as the only NL team without a win.
Two AL games were postponed because of rain, including Detroit at home against the Yankees and the Chicago White Sox's game against the Cleveland Indians.
The World Series champion Royals edged the winless Twins 4-3, with speedy pinch runner Terrance Gore streaking home on a wild pitch with two outs in the 10th inning.
The Royals rallied for two runs in the ninth to tie it, then dropped the Twins to 0-6. This is Minnesota's worst start since the Washington Senators moved to the Twin Cities in 1961.
At Seattle, Coco Crisp hit a two-out homer in the 10th inning to help Oakland to a 2-1 win, overcoming a dominant outing from Seattle ace Felix Hernandez and sweeping the three-game series.
The Blue Jays beat the Red Sox 3-0, and the Angeles had a 3-1 win over the Rangers