In the battle of the birds, the Baltimore Orioles swept the Toronto Blue Jays much to the delight of the home crowd at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
It was the Orioles first three-game sweep of the season (40-94) on a season woefully short on victories.
The Baltimore offense, absent most of the year, woke up from their mostly season-long slumber and outscored the Blue Jays 29-10.
The Orioles won the series opener 7-0 behind the bat of Trey Mancini who went two for four with five RBI.
His 19th homer of the season drove in three runs in the sixth as part of a four run inning. They added three runs in the seventh inning which was too much for Toronto to overcome.
Baltimore starter David Hess, who is auditioning for next years rotation, struck out five and surrendered four hits and walked two in six inning of work.
The bullpen struck out four while allowing no runs to secure the win.
The Orioles won the middle game of the series 12-5 behind three RBI each from Craig Gentry, Chris Davis and Tim Beckham.
Beckham’s ninth homer of the year scored three in the third, Gentry’s first home run of the season in the fourth drove in two and Davis went three for five at the plate including his 11th double of the season.
Adam Jones went four for five as the O’s pounded out 17 hits.
The offense backed the Major League debut of Josh Rogers who came to the Orioles as part of the Zach Britton trade.
He allowed seven hits and three runs while striking out two and walking one in five innings of work to secure his first big league win.
The Baltimore bullpen struck out five and only surrendered two runs to secure the victory.
Baltimore completed the sweep with a come-from-behind 10-5 series finale win.
Trailing 4-1 after four, Jones came to the rescue with his second career Grand Slam in the fifth to give his team a 5-4 lead. He finished the game two for five with five RBI.
Mancini hit his 20th homer of the season in the fourth and the Orioles scored two in the sixth and three in the eighth inning to put the game out of reach.
Orioles starter Alex Cobb allowed eight hits and five runs while striking out four and walking two in 5.2 innings of work.
The bullpen held the Blue Jays (60-73) in check and closer Mychal Givens earned his fifth save of the season.