Chen helps lift Orioles to 9-4 win over Atros
June 3, 2014, 12:04 am TWN
HOUSTON -- Manny Machado hit his first career grand slam, and David Lough homered and drove in three runs as the Orioles beat the Astros 9 to 4.
Orioles slugger Nelson Cruz, leading the majors with 20 home runs and 52 RBIs, 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.
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 had two hits for the second straight game, raising his average to .230.
Wei-Yin Chen (6-2) got the win. Feldman (3-3) allowed nine runs in 5 1-3 innings.
In the AL, Mark Buehrle pitched eight sharp innings to become baseball's first 10-game winner and Edwin Encarnacion homered again as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals 4-0 on Sunday.
Buehrle (10-1) won his sixth straight decision. He gave up six hits, walked one and struck out three.
He lowered his ERA to 2.10, second-best in the American League to New York's Masahiro Tanaka, and improved to 25-12 lifetime against the Royals.