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And that is precisely what Machado did in his second game in the major leagues.
Machado thrust himself into the Orioles' record book by hitting two home runs and driving in four runs, a power display that carried Baltimore past the Kansas City Royals 7-1 on Friday night.
After going 2 for 4 in his debut on Thursday, Machado hit a solo shot in the fifth inning and a three-run drive in the sixth. Both homers came off Luke Hochevar (7-10) and landed in the left-field seats.
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The second clinched the victory, but Machado will never forget his first home run trot in the big leagues.
"It was the best feeling ever," he said. "The crowd here loves me, and for them to support me like that, after my first home run, it just felt great."
After the second one, Machado was pushed out the dugout by teammate Adam Jones to acknowledge the request of a curtain call by the crowd of 17,277.
"It was great," Machado said. "I've dreamed about that my whole life, about going out there and getting that curtain call, and second game in the big leagues I get it."
At 20 years and 35 days old, Machado is the youngest Oriole ever to have a multihomer game. Boog Powell was 20 years and 258 days old when he homered twice against Minnesota in May 1962.
Machado also became the 12th youngest major leaguer since 1918 to hit at least two home runs in a game.
Machado, the third overall pick in the 2010 draft, went 2 for 4 in his second straight start at third base. He had never played above the Double-A level before Thursday night.
And that explains why manager Buck Showalter was cautious in his praise of the youngster.
"It's two games. He's off to a good start," Showalter said. "He's hit some mistakes and hit them well, which guys have to do up here. He'll have the kitchen sink thrown at him and we'll see how it goes. But so far, so good."
Omar Quintanilla also homered for the Orioles, who have won six of seven.
Miguel Gonzalez (4-2) allowed one run and six hits in eight innings, striking out five and walking one. The right-hander was 0-2 with a 10.80 ERA in two home starts.
Salvador Perez homered for the Royals, who lost for the second time in six games. Hochevar had allowed only 13 homers in 22 starts before giving up three in this one.
"That's what it falls on: three mistakes that they didn't miss," said Hochevar, who went 5 1/3 innings. "Hitters don't usually miss mistakes at this level."
Not even Machado in his second game.
"These last two games he's played really well. He's hit mistakes, he's hit good pitches," Hochevar said. "He's having some really, really good at-bats. Plays good defense and obviously swinging it well right now."
Baltimore led 2-1 before Machado notched his first home run and RBI with one swing at a 3-2 pitch. In the sixth, after Nate McLouth doubled in a run, Machado connected on a 1-2 pitch for a 7-1 lead.
Machado's heroics overshadowed a fine performance by another Baltimore rookie, Gonzalez, who went eight innings for the first time.
"Just throwing strikes, getting ahead of guys," Gonzalez said. "My sinker worked well and my changeup was good."
In his previous two starts at home, Gonzalez twice gave up a home run to the first batter he faced and yielded a combined six first-inning runs. He reversed that trend by striking out leadoff hitter Alex Gordon to begin a 1-2-3 first.
Perez hit a drive over the right-field wall in the second inning to put the Royals up 1-0. It was the 10th homer allowed by Gonzalez in 48 2-3 innings, although nine of those 10 home runs have been solo shots.
In the bottom half, Wilson Betemit led off with a double, and Quintanilla homered with two outs.
|Welcome to the big leagues, Manny Machado. The rookie gets a shaving cream pie to the face after his two-homer game. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Alex Gordon, LF||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.291|
|Alcides Escobar, SS||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.299|
|Mike Moustakas, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.257|
|Billy Butler, DH||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.300|
|Salvador Perez, C||4||1||1||1||0||0||0||.305|
|Eric Hosmer, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.229|
|Jeff Francoeur, RF||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.245|
|Chris Getz, 2B||3||0||2||0||0||0||0||.282|
|Jarrod Dyson, CF||2||0||2||0||0||0||0||.276|
|Lorenzo Cain, CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.270|
|2B - Jeff Francoeur (18, M. Gonzalez)|
|HR - Salvador Perez (7, M. Gonzalez)|
|SH - Jarrod Dyson (4)|
|RBI - Salvador Perez (15)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Luke Hochevar (L,7-10)||5.1||7||7||7||2||2||3||5.32|
|HBP - Jones (by Luke Hochevar), Betemit (by Luke Hochevar)|
|WP - Everett Teaford (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Luke Hochevar 89-56, Tim Collins 6-4, Louis Coleman 15-12, Everett Teaford 21-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Luke Hochevar 6-7, Louis Coleman 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Luke Hochevar 26, Tim Collins 2, Louis Coleman 4, Everett Teaford 5|
|Nick Markakis, RF||4||0||0||0||1||0||2||.290|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.227|
|Chris Davis, DH||4||0||0||0||0||3||3||.252|
|Adam Jones, CF||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.295|
|Matt Wieters, C||3||1||0||0||1||0||3||.247|
|Wilson Betemit, 1B||3||2||1||0||0||0||0||.264|
|Nate McLouth, LF||4||1||2||1||0||0||1||.176|
|Manny Machado, 3B||4||2||2||4||0||0||2||.500|
|Omar Quintanilla, 2B||4||1||3||2||0||1||0||.293|
|2B - Wilson Betemit (18, Hochevar), Nate McLouth (4, Hochevar)|
|HR - Manny Machado 2 (2, Hochevar, Hochevar), Omar Quintanilla (3, Hochevar)|
|RBI - Nate McLouth (3), Manny Machado 4 (4), Omar Quintanilla 2 (12)|
|2-OUT RBI - Omar Quintanilla 2 (5)|
|CS - Adam Jones (6, 2nd base by Hochevar/Perez)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Outfield Assists - Adam Jones 1|
|DP - Quintanilla-Hardy-Betemit|
|E - Nick Markakis (2, Dropped fly)|
|Miguel Gonzalez (W,4-2)||8||6||1||1||1||5||1||3.42|
|Pitches-Strikes - Miguel Gonzalez 103-68, Pedro Strop 13-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Miguel Gonzalez 7-10, Pedro Strop 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Miguel Gonzalez 29, Pedro Strop 3|
|Attendance - 17277|
|Game Time - 2:31|
|Temperature - 86|
|Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Angel Campos, Third Base - Tim Tschida|