The Orioles won both games of the doubleheader, getting a career-high four RBIs from Manny Machado in a 6-1 nightcap win that followed their 7-5 victory in the early game.
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In the sixth inning of Game 2, Machado lined a three-run homer in the left-field seats that certainly would have made Weaver proud.
“Had to hit a three-run homer tonight, of course, on Earl's night, right?” Showalter said. “We needed it. … The place was really alive.”
Machado said the atmosphere was much like last year's statue dedication ceremonies and the playoff games at Camden Yards. A sellout crowd of 45,248 filled Camden Yards for the nightcap, including a walk-up of approximately 10,000.
“Same emotions coming out here,” Machado said. “The crowd was electric. The crowd was into it the whole game. It definitely pumps us up, having the crowd behind us and cheering us on definitely helps us.”
The Orioles won both games of a twin bill for the first time since Oct. 1, 2010. It also clinched a win in their first interleague series of the season — and first series win against the Dodgers since sweeping them in the 1966 World Series.
The Orioles (10-7), who have hovered around the .500 mark for most of this young season, went three games above .500 for the first time this season.
Despite issuing four walks and hitting a batter, Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen held the Dodgers to one run on three hits over six innings, snapping a 10-start winless streak that dated back to his last win on August 19, 2012.
The Orioles scored more runs for Chen on Saturday night (six) than they scored in his three previous starts combined (four), and the left-hander returned the favor with his third quality start of the season.
Slugging first baseman Chris Davis hit his seventh homer of the season in the second to tie the game at 1-1, launching a pitch from Dodgers starter Josh Beckett to the deepest part of Camden Yards, well beyond the 410-foot sign in center field. The homer was estimated at 448 feet, the 11th-longest in Orioles Park history and the third-longest by an Orioles player.
Machado then gave the Orioles the lead in the fifth, lacing a one-out, run-scoring double down the left-field line to score Nate McLouth from third.
Center fielder Adam Jones then doubled to left-center field, scoring Machado on a ball that was just out of the reach of Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly came out to visit Beckett in the sixth after he yielded a pair of two-out singles to Ryan Flaherty and McLouth, but kept him in the game to face Machado.
With the crowd chanting, “Man-ny, Man-ny,” Machado turned quickly on a 2-2 pitch from Beckett right over the heart of the plate, hitting a line drive into the first few rows of the left-field stands to give the Orioles a 6-1 lead. Machado ended the game 3-for-4 on the night.
“He left me a hanging cutter and tried to throw it inside,” said Machado, who was brushed off the plater earlier in the at bat. “He made a bad pitch, it was one of the few mistakes he made all game and I just took advantage of it.”
Chen fell behind early, going down 1-0 in the top of the first. He hit the first batter he faced, Crawford, who scored three batters later on Adrian Gonzalez's sacrifice fly.
But after that, Chen didn't allow another base runner to reach second base. He was aided by two double-play balls. After allowing a leadoff single in the fourth, Chen allowed just one more hit and faced just one more batter than the minimum.