8/26/2014 12:10 A.M. ET
Orioles club back-to-back-to-back homers
By David Wilson / MLB.com
BALTIMORE -- In the third inning of the start of an 11-game homestand at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Monday, Nick Markakis and Steve Pearce cranked back-to-back home runs to pull ahead of the Rays and awaken the bats after a lifeless three-game sweep at the hands of the Cubs.
Two innings later, Delmon Young, J.J. Hardy and Chris Davis one-upped them. The trio belted their fifth, eighth and 21st home runs of the year in succession for the O's first back-to-back-to-back home runs since May 10, 2012, and give them back-to-back homers and three-straight in the same game for the first time since they moved to Baltimore.
The Orioles last hit multiple sets of back-to-back home runs in one game on May 27, 2008.
"That's pretty rare," Hardy said. "It's just one of those things. You can't explain it."
Young kicked off the run with a three-run homer to drive in Adam Jones and Nelson Cruz and give Baltimore a 7-1 lead. Hardy followed with a homer to right-center to stretch lead by a run and Davis, who had been batting .149 in August, slammed his fifth homer of the month to center to put the finishing touches on a six-run fifth inning and a 9-1 win against Tampa Bay.
In that inning alone, the O's blew away their scoring total from the weekend they spent in Chicago. The Orioles scored four runs in three games at Wrigley Field and with three swings in the fifth they managed to top that.
Hardy was also involved last time Baltimore went back-to-back-to-back. That came in the first game of a doubleheader against the Rangers. Ryan Flaherty started that stretch with Hardy and Markakis delivering the second and third blasts, respectively.
Returning for Spring Training important to Machado
BALTIMORE -- Later this week, Manny Machado will depart for Los Angeles. As of now, surgery on the medial patellofemoral ligament in his right knee is scheduled for Wednesday and his rehab will begin shortly after that. And Machado may not be back in Baltimore until the postseason.
The third baseman has a rough outline for his rehab and it doesn't involve much time around Oriole Park at Camden Yards. He will spend the first 2-3 weeks of his rehabilitation in Los Angeles. When that's over, the O's will be just about ready to ship off on a road trip that spans the final week of the regular season. Machado won't be ready to travel yet, so he'll head down to Sarasota, Fla., only to return to Baltimore if the Orioles reach the playoffs.
"I want to come back up here," Machado said on Monday. "I want to be part of the celebration. I want to be part of this special thing that we've got going on here, so I'm going to try to make the effort to be here if I can."
Machado's accelerated rehab plan and decision to have surgery after sitting out less than two weeks is made with an eye to Spring Training. The All-Star didn't have one this season as he rehabbed a left knee injury and he started slow before picking up his play during the final months before this season- ending injury.
Though this injury is less severe than the total rupture Machado suffered in 2013, the 4-6 month rehab timetable is the same as for the surgery he had in September that kept him out until May.
"I wanted to have Spring Training next year," Machado said. "If we waited for the surgery a little longer, it was going to be tough."
Machado is even opting to recover in Sarasota rather than his native Miami to give him a true Spring Training experience.
"I really feel good that he's going to be around our guys with it," manager Buck Showalter said.
Surgery was always an inevitability for Machado to return to full strength. After nearly two weeks, his knee wasn't getting any better and didn't feel any more stable. Waiting any longer would've put the start to another season in jeopardy again.
If Machado can be ready for next year and the O's can still make a run without him, the decision will have paid off.
"That's the game plan," Machado said. "And to be celebrating at the end of this."
• A loss to the Rays on Monday would match a season-worst four consecutive losses for the Orioles. They've reached that number three times, but not since May 30, which was also the last time the O's lost three in a row.
• The Orioles will add Triple-A Norfolk manager Ron Johnson and pitching coach Mike Griffin to their coaching staff as part of September callups, Showalter said on Monday.
David Wilson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.