After losing three straight in Chicago to the Cubs, the Baltimore Orioles got back on track with a resounding, 9-1 win over Tampa Bay, belting five home runs.
Delmon Young, who has been getting more playing time since all-star third baseman Manny Machado went down with a season-ending knee injury a few weeks ago, delivered the biggest blow, a three-run blast in a six-run fifth inning, followed by solo homers by J.J. Hardy and Chris Davis, the O's going back-to-back-to-back.
Young also singled and doubled, going 3-for-3 on the night, raising his batting average to a solid .311. Young's played in just 67 games this season, but he's provided a boost for the Orioles, hitting safely in six of his last seven games.
While the O's were knocking balls out of Camden Yards, Chris Tillman was shutting down the Rays, allowing just three hits over seven innings. The Rays' only run was unearned.
Baltimore's victory was timely, keeping the Yankees six games back in the AL East. The Yanks have won five straight and have been slicing into the Orioles' lead in the division.
The four-game series with the Rays continues Tuesday night in Baltimore. Game time is 7:05 pm EDT.
While that may be unlikely, the Brewers are a hitting machine, and they did bang out 16 hits in their 10-1 victory over the Padres, Monday in San Diego.
Milwaukee is tied for third in the NL with a team .256 average, and ranks second to Colorado in runs, RBI and home runs.
Providing a healthy portion of the Milwaukee offense all season, Aramis Ramirez was 3-for-5 in the game, with a single, double, solo homer (14), three RBI and two runs. Ramirez is batting .307 and has driven in 61 runs for the Brewers this season. He's been seeing lots of good pitches this season, as he generally bats fourth, behind Ryan Braun.
The Brewers' win kept them 1 12 ahead of St. Louis in the Central division. The Cardinals scored three runs in the seventh inning to defeat the Pirates 3-2.
Milwauke will play game two of their three-game series in San Diego Tuesday at 10:10 pm EDT.