Baltimore: Manny Machado capped a three-homer night with a grand slam in the ninth inning, and the Baltimore Orioles rallied to beat the Los Angeles Angels 9-7 on Friday night in a game that featured 10 home runs.
Machado hit his seventh career slam off Keynan Middleton (4-1), who entered with two on and one out in the ninth. After Tim Beckham singled to load the bases, Machado hit a drive far over the center-field wall to give the Orioles their first lead.
Machado also hit a two-run homer in the third and a solo shot in the fifth to finish with seven RBIs.
Albert Pujols set the tone for the game in the first inning with a milestone homer off Jeremy Hellickson. There would be plenty more long balls on a steamy night at Camden Yards, five by each team.
Pujols’ two-run drive was 609th, tied with Sammy Sosa for eighth on the career. Pujols and Sosa now share the distinction of hitting more home runs that any other foreign-born player.
After Pujols and Kole Calhoun connected in succession in the first inning, C.J. Cron and Kaleb Cowart homered in the second for a 5-0 lead. The Orioles used homers by Mark Trumbo, Machado and Caleb Joseph and cut the gap to a run before a two-run drive by Mike Trout made it 7-4 in the fifth.
All five L.A. home runs came off Hellickson, the first time the right-hander yielded more than three in a game. Darren O’Day (4-1) got the win with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.
Meanwhile, former New York Yankees great Derek Jeter and his wife Hannah have welcomed their first child - a baby girl named Bella Raine.
“Congratulations Derek and @hannahbjeter on the birth of your baby girl, Bella Raine Jeter, born Thursday, Aug. 17,” The Players’ Tribune website, which Jeter founded, announced Friday on Twitter.
The Yankees congratulated their former shortstop, a five-time World Series champion, with a tweet.
“Congrats to Derek & Hannah Jeter on the birth of their daughter, Bella Raine Jeter,” the team posted. “We can’t wait to meet her!”
Jeter, 43, is heading into new territory professionally as well as personally.
He is a limited partner in the group led by billionaire businessman Bruce Sherman proposing to buy the Miami Marlins for $1.2 billion.
League owners met on Wednesday with Sherman to go over his plans for buying the struggling club from Jeffrey Loria.
Jeter missed the meetings to be with his expectant wife, but he’s reportedly poised to play a key role in the baseball operations of the club.
“He’s not the kind of guy who’s just going to add his name and say ‘Yeah, I’m the owner of the team,” said Joe Torre, Jeter’s one-time manager at the Yankees. “He’s going to roll up his sleeves. I know he didn’t want to be just be a token owner.
“It’s more than somebody investing money. It’s somebody who’s in it for the long haul.”