On Tuesday, the Orioles were rocked by the Red Sox, 8-1, but, on Wednesday, they got their just desserts, hammering five homers out of Fenway Park in a 12-5 revenge win.
|Mancini: 2 HR, 4 RBI|
In total, the Orioles racked up 17 hits against five Red Sox throwers.
Mancini keyed a five-run first inning via a three-run blast to center field, then completed the home run barrage with a solo shot over the Green Monster in the third. The rookie has played in five games for the O's this season and is currently batting .267. The homers were the first two of the season for the 6'4" right-handed slugger.
|Piscotty: 5 RBI|
At 5-2, the Orioles lead the AL East by one game over Tampa Bay.
The St. Louis Cardinals got a little banged up the at the opening of the season, especially when they visited the Washington Nationals, losing the first two of their three-game series by scores of 14-6 and 8-3.
On Wednesday afternoon, however, life as a Cardinal got a little bit better as St. Louis took the final game, 6-1.
Starter Mike Leake threw seven scoreless innings, allowing four hits and no walks, striking out seven en route to his first win of the season, but it was right fielder Stephen Piscotty who carried the day, going 3-for-5 with a single, double and a ninth inning three-run homer to cap the game off, driving in five of the six Cardinal scores.
Piscotty doubled in the first run in the first inning and singled home the third run in the fifth. The homer was the first of the year for Piscotty, who is batting .273, precisely what he hit in 582 at-bats last year.
The St. Louis win was their third of the season against six losses, placing them last in the NL Central division. Washington fell one game behind the Mets in the NL East. St. Louis heads to New York for a three-game series with the Yankees starting on Friday.