The Baltimore Orioles’ power-packed lineup was expected to take advantage of the hitter-friendly confines of Camden Yards this season. They’re looking even more explosive on the road.
The AL East-leading Orioles will try to continue flexing their muscles away from home when they play the middle game of their interleague series with the Cincinnati Reds.
Baltimore, which leads the majors with a .288 team batting average, boasts the AL’s best offense on the road, leading the league in hitting and homers while averaging 6.5 runs per game.
The Orioles added to those numbers on Friday as they pulled out a 4-3 victory behind a three-run homer by Melvin Mora.
The interleague matchup marked the first time that three 500-homer players appeared in the same game—Sammy Sosa (580), Rafael Palmeiro (559) and Ken Griffey Jr., who hit a solo shot in the eighth for Cincinnati—his 511th.
However, it was Mora’s night as he connected off Reds starter Aaron Harang in the third to put Baltimore ahead to stay. He added a double and scored in the eighth as the Orioles stretched their lead in the East to four games over Boston.
“Oh my God,” Mora said, contemplating what he’d done. “That’s a good feeling when you’ve got a lot of guys who hit home runs like that. I don’t consider myself a home run hitter. I just try to hit it hard somewhere.”
Baltimore improved to 19-10 on the road. Only the major league-leading Chicago White Sox boast a better mark (21-11).
Griffey went 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 13 games for the Reds, who had their three-game winning streak snapped. Griffey’s homer tied him with Mel Ott for 18th place on the all-time list.