Orioles bang 8 homers in rout of Phillies
Baltimore — The Baltimore Orioles made history at the expense of the woeful Philadelphia Phillies, whose latest loss matched a club record for futility that had stood for 132 years.
Manny Machado and newcomer Chris Parmelee each hit two of an Orioles-record eight home runs, and Baltimore breezed past the Phillies 19-3 on Tuesday night for its eighth win in nine games.
"It's fun to watch, fun to be a part of," winning pitcher Chris Tillman said.
The defeat sealed the Phillies' first winless road trip of at least eight games since an 0-9 run in August 1883, their inaugural season. Philadelphia hosts the Orioles on Wednesday after going 0-8 in Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Baltimore.
"Worst road trip I've ever been on as far as just the way we lost games," said right fielder Jeff Francoeur, who pitched the last two innings. "We were in a bunch of games and just lost them at the end, or one hit here or one pitch there."
Not this one.
The eight home runs were the most by the Orioles since their move from St. Louis in 1954. They hit seven in a game three times previously, the last on Sept. 26, 2012, against Toronto.
"We squared up a lot of mistakes they made," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. "It just kind of snowballed."
Ryan Flaherty set the record with a solo shot in the eighth inning off Francoeur, who retired all three batters in the seventh after Baltimore scored in each of the first six innings.
In the eighth, though, he walked three, hit a batter and allowed two runs.
"I kind of got to experience everything that a pitcher probably experiences over a year in two innings," Francoeur said.
Machado set the tone by hitting starter Jerome Williams' second pitch into the seats in left field, sparking a six-run first inning that doomed the Phillies to their 12th consecutive road defeat.
Making his debut with the Orioles after being added to the 40-man roster earlier in the day, Parmelee set a career high with four hits and enjoyed his second career multihomer game. He scored three runs and had two RBIs.
"That's a pretty good way to start, right?" Parmelee said. "But you know, the team played phenomenal tonight."
Tillman (5-7) allowed three runs and four hits in six innings to win his third straight start.
Williams (3-7) left with a hamstring injury after getting only two outs. He was replaced by Dustin McGowan, who yielded five home runs in 3 1-3 innings: second-inning solo shots by Machado, Jimmy Paredes and Parmelee; a three-run drive by David Lough in the third; and a leadoff shot by Chris Davis in the fourth.
Parmelee added a leadoff homer off Justin De Fratus in the sixth. De Fratus' next pitch soared inside to J.J. Hardy, resulting in the right-hander's ejection by home plate umpire Lance Barksdale.
"I know what it looked like. So once he pointed at me, you just walk off the mound," De Fratus said.
Maikel Franco homered for the Phillies, who were swept in a third straight series for the first time since 1989. Philadelphia owns the worst record in the majors (22-44) and worst road record (7-28).
Williams left the game after being flattened in a pileup at the plate when the two runs scored on a single wild pitch. The right-hander has surrendered 10 first-inning runs in his last two starts.