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Baltimore’s Manny Machado broke a 14-game homerless streak with a two-run shot in the 15th inning to give the Orioles a 10-7 win over the host Atlanta Braves on Friday at SunTrust Park.
Craig Gentry was hit by a pitch to open the inning and was sacrificed to second. Machado connected on an 0-2 pitch from reliever Peter Moylan (0-1) and placed it in the visitors’ bullpen in left field for his 19th homer. It was Machado’s first long ball since June 2, ending his longest homerless streak of the season.
The winning pitcher was Mike Wright Jr. (1-0). He pitched the final two innings, did not allow a run and worked around a hit and a walk.
Baltimore improved to 4-4 in extra-inning games and 5-8 against the National League. Atlanta is 1-7 in extra innings and 4-4 in interleague games.
The teams combined for 10 runs in the ninth inning, as each blew big leads.
Atlanta scored four times in the bottom of the ninth against Baltimore closer Zach Britton. He loaded the bases and allowed an RBI single to Ozzie Albies, a two-run single to Freddie Freeman and an RBI double to Nick Markakis, whose liner got over the head of right fielder Jace Peterson. Freeman tried to score but was thrown out at the plate.
Baltimore had taken a four-run lead by scoring six times in the top of the ninth against Atlanta relievers Dan Winkler and Sam Freeman. The Orioles got an RBI single from Danny Valencia, an RBI double from Jonathan Schoop and a Chris Davis sacrifice fly. Caleb Joseph added a run-scoring double, Steve Wilkerson knocked in a run with a single, and Craig Gentry drove in a run with a base hit to complete the rally.
The Braves had taken a 3-1 lead in the eighth on Charlie Culberson’s two-run double against Brad Brach. The rally began against Tanner Scott, who allowed a one-out walk to Albies and a double to Freddie Freeman and intentionally walked Markakis.
Both starting pitchers turned in strong efforts, but neither was involved in the decision.
Atlanta’s Sean Newcomb, seeking his ninth victory, pitched seven innings and gave up one run on five hits and two walks, striking out three. His only mistake was allowing a solo homer to Davis, his fifth in the fifth inning.
Baltimore’s Alex Cobb pitched seven innings and allowed one run on four hits and two walks. He struck out six. It matched Cobb’s longest outing of the season and helped atone for his two previous poor starts, when he allowed 14 runs in 10 2/3 innings.
The Braves didn’t score off Cobb until the seventh inning, when they got a two-out triple from Dansby Swanson and a double from Johan Camargo.
Atlanta made a roster move on Friday. The Braves placed right-hander Mike Soroka on the 10-day disabled list for the second time with right shoulder inflammation and recalled outfielder Danny Santana from Triple-A Gwinnett. Santana entered the game as a defensive substitution in the ninth and went 2-for-3.
—Field Level Media