Astros drop fifth straight
Rookie hurlers hammered by Orioles

Orioles have Thursday night bash party
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The Orioles smashed six home runs en route to a 13-5 bludgeoning of Joe Musgrove and the Astros Thursday night at Camden Yards in Baltimore. Houston's rookie right-hander gave up eight runs on eleven hits in 5-1/3 innings, suffering his first MLB loss and seeing his ERA balloon from 1.47 to 4.18.

Musgrove was mercifully removed from the game after giving up his third homer of the night, exiting in favor of fellow rookie James Hoyt, who didn't fare any better. Hoyt coughed up four runs including a pair of dingers in only 2/3 of an inning. Things got so bad for the Astros that A.J. Hinch sent Tyler White to the mound for the bottom of the eighth.

The Orioles made a statement with an 18-hit attack, exacting a certain amount of revenge for a 3-game sweep at the hands of the Astros earlier in the year and setting the tone for an important 4-game series. The Astros have now lost five straight and 14 of their last 19 and are in danger of falling completely out of the playoff picture.

J.J. Hardy and Chris Davis hit two home runs apiece and Hyun Soo Kim collected four hits on the night. Kevin Gausman pitched 6-2/3 innings and struck out eight to earn his fourth win of the year.

For the Astros, Alex Bregman hit his second homer in the last three games. A.J. Reed singled and homered, and Evan Gattis went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored.

Collin McHugh will try to stop the bleeding Friday night at 6:05 when he matches up against Baltimore lefty Wade Miley. McHugh has lost his last four starts, giving up 31 hits and 17 runs in 20 innings pitched.

- Greg Thurston