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Baltimore at Houston

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Baltimore (28-27) «0210060009120
Houston (24-34)000100120480

Orioles 9, Astros 4

CBSSports.com wire reports
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HOUSTON -- Manny Machado is trying not to make too much of his big game on Sunday that led the Baltimore Orioles over Houston.

Still, the slumping All-Star can't help but think it could be a turning point in a season that's off to a tough start.

''I hope so. I really hope so,'' he said. ''[Sunday] was a good day at the plate. Felt good, and my legs are finally getting under me. Feel like I can continue that.''

Machado hit his first career grand slam, David Lough homered and drove in three runs, and the Orioles beat the Astros 9-4.

Orioles slugger Nelson Cruz, leading the majors with 20 home runs and 52 RBI, left in the third inning with a bruised left hand after being hit by a pitch from Scott Feldman. X-rays were negative and Cruz was listed as day to day.

''Anytime you get hit in the hand you get concerned,'' Cruz said. ''I tried to stay but I wasn't able to grab the bat. So hopefully [Monday] I'll be good.''

Machado's towering shot capped a six-run sixth inning.

The 21-year-old Machado missed the first month after offseason knee surgery and has struggled since his return, prompting manager Buck Showalter to move him from the second spot to seventh in the batting order.

He was back to batting second on Sunday and also doubled, giving him two hits for the second straight game and raising his average to .230. Machado doesn't feel like he's back to last year's form, but he's making progress.

''I feel much [more] comfortable in there,'' he said. ''It was overall a good day. The pitching staff threw well. We're finally getting some hits when we need to. Things are coming into place.''

Wei-Yin Chen (6-2) scattered four hits with one run over 5 1/3 innings. Feldman (3-3) allowed nine runs and 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Matt Dominguez hit a two-run homer in the eighth for the Astros, who have lost two straight after winning a season-high seven in a row.

Machado doubled before Feldman plunked Cruz. Machado and Cruz pulled off a double steal before a sacrifice fly by Adam Jones made it 3-0.

Cruz was replaced in right field for the bottom of the third inning.

He didn't think that Feldman, who was a teammate of his in Texas, tried to hit him and Feldman said it was in no way in intentional.

''I didn't want to hit him,'' Feldman said. ''I checked after the game to make sure he was all right and they said it was just a bruise so that was a little relieving. It happens, it's part of the game trying to pitch inside.''

The Orioles open a series at Texas, where Cruz spent the last eight seasons, on Tuesday. Showalter expects Cruz to try to play when the series begins.

''He's going to be sore,'' Showalter said. ''If I know Nelson, he's going to want to play on Tuesday. It's got nothing to do with who we're playing. He just likes to be there.''

Astros rookie George Springer snapped an 0-for-9 slump with a double that sailed over the head of Lough in right field to start the fourth inning. Chris Carter's two-out single cut Baltimore's lead to 3-1.

Chris Davis, J.J. Hardy and Jonathan Schoop hit consecutive singles to load the bases with no outs in the sixth. Lough hit an RBI single, and an intentional walk to Nick Markakis set up Machado's third homer.

''I got into a situation there in the sixth that really just got out of hand,'' Feldman said. ''Bases loaded and I just couldn't make a good pitch to Machado and left one right over the middle.''

Both teams had nifty plays by an outfielder.

Left fielder Delmon Young robbed Jonathan Villar of a hit when he made a sliding catch shortly after entering the game in the third.

Houston's defensive highlight came when right fielder Springer sprinted to make the catch on a sacrifice fly by Nick Hundley in the sixth. Springer slipped and fell on his backside after making the catch and made the throw in while still on the ground.

Notes

Showalter said Baltimore RHP Tommy Hunter, on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 21 with a left groin strain, felt good after throwing a bullpen session. He will travel to meet the team during its series at Texas and throw another bullpen session there on Tuesday before a decision is made on when he'll begin a rehabilitation assignment. ... Houston recalled RHP Paul Clemens from Triple-A Oklahoma City and optioned LHP Brett Oberholtzer to the minor league team.

 
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Players of the Game
Baltimore

M. Machado
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Houston

M. Dominguez
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Nick Markakis, DH4110122 .299
Manny Machado, 3B4224010 .230
Nelson Cruz, RF1000001 .314
   Delmon Young, LF3000000 .273
Adam Jones, CF4011001 .283
Chris Davis, 1B5110022 .230
J.J. Hardy, SS4120000 .306
Jonathan Schoop, 2B4230000 .226
David Lough, LF-RF3223010 .176
Nick Hundley, C3001012 .250
Wei-Yin Chen, P0000000 .000
   Brad Brach, P0000000 .000
   Preston Guilmet, P0000000 .000
   Brian Matusz, P0000000 .000
Totals35912917  
Batting
2B - Manny Machado (2, Feldman)
HR - Manny Machado (3, Feldman), David Lough (1, Feldman)
SF - Adam Jones (4), Nick Hundley (1)
SH - David Lough (3)
RBI - Manny Machado 4 (9), Adam Jones (30), David Lough 3 (6), Nick Hundley (5)
2-OUT RBI - David Lough 2 (3)
SB - Manny Machado (1, 3rd base off Feldman/Corporan), Nelson Cruz (1, 2nd base off Feldman/Corporan)
Team LOB - 5
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wei-Yin Chen (W,6-2) 5.1411160 4.26
Brad Brach 1.2211130 4.85
Preston Guilmet 1222021 4.50
Brian Matusz 1000010 3.26
HBP - M. Gonzalez (by Brian Matusz)
Pitches-Strikes - Wei-Yin Chen 97-61, Brad Brach 32-18, Preston Guilmet 15-12, Brian Matusz 16-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wei-Yin Chen 4-6, Brian Matusz 1-1
Batters Faced - Wei-Yin Chen 21, Brad Brach 8, Preston Guilmet 5, Brian Matusz 4
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Altuve, 2B3010000 .318
   Marwin Gonzalez, 2B0000100 .302
George Springer, RF5120024 .259
Dexter Fowler, CF3000033 .251
   Alex Presley, CF1110000 .248
Matt Dominguez, 3B4112013 .250
Chris Carter, DH4011021 .193
Jesus Guzman, 1B3110110 .208
Robbie Grossman, LF4010002 .164
Carlos Corporan, C3001020 .183
Jonathan Villar, SS4000011 .195
Scott Feldman, P0000000 .000
   Josh Fields, P0000000 .000
   Paul Clemens, P0000000 .000
   Darin Downs, P0000000 .000
Totals34484212  
Batting
2B - George Springer (7, Chen), Robbie Grossman (3, Brach)
HR - Matt Dominguez (8, Guilmet)
SF - Carlos Corporan (2)
RBI - Matt Dominguez 2 (24), Chris Carter (22), Carlos Corporan (9)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Carter (5)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Villar-Altuve-Guzman
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Scott Feldman (L,3-3) 5.11199132 4.25
Josh Fields 0.2000000 6.97
Paul Clemens 2000030 3.66
Darin Downs 1100010 1.93
IBB - Markakis by Scott Feldman
HBP - Machado (by Scott Feldman)
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Feldman 106-69, Josh Fields 4-3, Paul Clemens 24-17, Darin Downs 16-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Feldman 6-6, Paul Clemens 2-1, Darin Downs 2-0
Batters Faced - Scott Feldman 29, Josh Fields 2, Paul Clemens 6, Darin Downs 4
Game Information
Attendance - 17022
Game Time - 3:14
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Chris Segal, First Base - Mike Muchlinski, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Andy Fletcher