BALTIMORE (AP) — J.T. Realmuto homered twice and had four RBIs off Alex Cobb, and the Miami Marlins kept the Baltimore Orioles in a downward spiral Saturday with a 5-4 victory.
Realmuto singled in a run in the first inning, hit a two-run shot in the third and led off the fifth with his ninth home run. It was his fourth career multihomer game, the second this season.
That was enough to saddle Baltimore with its ninth straight defeat, the team’s longest skid since an identical run in July 2011. The Orioles tied a club record with their 11th consecutive home loss and fell to 19-50 overall, the worst record in the majors.
Jonathan Schoop homered and Manny Machado had two RBIs for the Orioles. They have gone over a month without winning at Camden Yards.
Former Oriole Wei-Yin Chen (2-3) limited Baltimore to three runs over six innings to earn his first victory since April 28.
Drew Steckenrider worked the ninth for his first save, putting Miami in position to complete its initial series sweep of the season on Sunday.
Cobb (2-9) allowed five runs on seven hits over seven innings. He’s given up a total of 14 runs in his last two starts.
Miami hit leadoff doubles in the first and second innings, with both runners coming around to score. Realmuto followed a walk with a home run in the third to make it 4-0.
In the bottom half, Machado hit a two-out, two-run single to increase his RBI total to 52.
Schoop went deep in the sixth and an RBI single by Danny Valencia got Baltimore to 5-4 in the seventh.
Marlins: INF Miguel Rojas was rested, one day after being bruised by a pitch that hit his left hand. “Felt OK, actually looked OK, but wasn’t able to put a lot of pressure on that bottom hand,” manager Don Mattingly said, adding, “He’ll probably be in there tomorrow.”
Orioles: LHP Richard Bleier will have season-ending surgery Tuesday to repair his left shoulder. It’s a Grade 3 latissimus tear. … 3B Tim Beckham (groin) was slated to be the DH for Double-A Bowie in the second game of his rehab assignment. … OF Colby Rasmus (hip) is expected to come off the DL next week.
Marlins: Rookie Trevor Richards (1-3, 4.41 ERA) makes his eighth career start in the series finale Sunday. The right-hander earned his first big league win on Tuesday against San Francisco.
Orioles: Dylan Bundy (4-7. 3.66) seeks his fifth win, which would account for one-quarter of the team’s victories this season.
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