BALTIMORE — Manny Machado hit two home runs, including his eighth career grand slam, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 9-4 on Friday night for their season-high third straight victory.
Machado ripped a two-run shot in the first inning and made it 8-1 in the seventh with a drive off Ryne Stanek. Machado has three home runs in his last two games, 12 for the season and 150 over his seven-year career.
Mark Trumbo and rookie Chance Sisco also homered for the Orioles. After a dismal start to the season, Baltimore (11-27) is riding its longest winning streak since a six-game run last August.
Kevin Gausman (3-2) gave up two runs in 7 1/3 innings. He yielded 11 hits but didn’t issue a walk, struck out six and repeatedly came up with the right pitch when the Rays threatened to score.
Brad Brach got four outs for his fifth save.
Carlos Gomez had two hits and two RBIs for the Rays, who have lost four straight and six of eight.
Jake Faria (3-2) allowed seven runs in six-plus innings. He was pulled with the bases loaded in the seventh, and all three runners subsequently scored ahead of Machado.
Outscored 54-14 in the first inning through 37 games, the Orioles reversed the trend when Machado homered following a single by Adam Jones for a 2-0 lead.
Trumbo hit his first home run of the season to spark Baltimore’s five-run seventh, and Sisco connected in the eighth after Tampa Bay closed to 8-4.
Rays: SS Adeiny Hechavarria returned to the starting lineup after missing a game with a left eye contusion. … OF Kevin Kiermaier, on the 60-day DL with a torn thumb ligament, alleviated the tedium of inactivity by joining his teammates in the clubhouse.
Orioles: Struggling RHP Chris Tillman (1-5, 10.46 ERA) was placed on the DL with a lower back strain. … DH Pedro Alvarez was held out of the lineup with a hamstring cramp, an injury that initially occurred Thursday night. … 3B Jace Peterson started despite rolling his ankle rounding first base Thursday night.