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Manny Machado hits 2 home runs; Orioles beat Royals 7-1

Friday, August 10, 2012 | 8:55 p.m. CDT; updated 9:18 p.m. CDT, Friday, August 10, 2012
Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez reacts after hitting a solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles in the second inning Friday in Baltimore.

BALTIMORE — Manny Machado thrust himself into the Orioles' record book in his second major league game, hitting two home runs and driving in four runs to carry Baltimore past the Kansas City Royals 7-1 on Friday night.

After going 2 for 4 in his debut 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.

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.

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 this one.

Baltimore led 2-1 before Machado notched his first home run and RBI with one swing at a 3-2 pitch in the fifth. In the sixth, after Nate McLouth doubled in a run, Machado connected on a 1-2 pitch for a 7-1 lead.

Many in the crowd of 17, 277 clamored for a curtain call, and Machado complied, emerging from the dugout with his right index finger extended.

Machado's heroics overshadowed a fine performance by another Baltimore rookie, Gonzalez, who went eight innings for the first time.

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.


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