October 4, 2022
Five home runs, including Austin Hays' second-deck blast, lift Orioles to 9-3 win over Cubs in Brandon Hyde's first ...

The consistent fall of rain in Baltimore perhaps offered some cover, but the first pitch of Tuesday night’s Orioles game and six others that followed made it clear: Summer has arrived early at Camden Yards.

After Chicago Cubs leadoff hitter Christopher Morel hammered Kyle Bradish’s first pitch over Oriole Park’s new left field wall to begin the night, the Orioles answered with five home runs of their own — including a second-decker from Austin Hays — to beat Chicago, 9-3, in the first half of a two-game interleague set.

It took two pitches for Baltimore (24-33) to even the score with Cedric Mullins going deep, marking the first time an Orioles game featured both teams hitting leadoff home runs since Houston’s George Springer paired with Adam Jones in 2016. Trey Mancini sent Cubs starter Keegan Thompson’s next pitch into the bullpen in left-center, marking the first time the Orioles’ first two at-bats resulted in homers since Seth Smith and Manny Machado did it in 2017. The consecutive solo shots doubled the Orioles’ total of first-inning home runs this season.

The Orioles broke the game open an inning later when Jorge Mateo hit a three-run home run beyond the new wall. It was Baltimore’s 11th three-run home run of the season, a total that entered the day as the most in baseball and surpassing their 2021 mark. They pushed two more runs across in the third, with Hays doubling in a run then narrowly beating the throw to the plate on Ryan Mountcastle’s sacrifice fly.

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