Astros drop second straight to O's

HOUSTON -- Scott Feldman has a reputation for being a ground-ball pitcher. In Houston this year, Feldman has lived up to that status. Yet when he plays Baltimore, there's something different in the air -- a fly ball.

Manny Machado's sixth-inning grand slam was the fifth home run against Feldman this year, sending the Orioles past the Astros, 9-4, on Sunday afternoon at Minute Maid Park.

"The ball was up in the zone," Astros manager Bo Porter said. "It's uncharacteristic. Scotty's more of a ground-ball pitcher, and he had the ball elevated a little bit more than usual."

Chris Davis got Baltimore started in the sixth inning by hitting a slow ground ball down the third-base line to beat an Astros shift leaving the spot open. Two singles, a sacrifice fly and an intentional walk later, Machado came up and sent the ball flying off advertisements over the left-field porch for his first career grand slam.

"Really the whole game, I was just battling and laboring quite a bit, but I was able to limit the damage," Feldman said. "That inning, it just got away from me."

Baltimore has hit four of the five home runs against Feldman in his nine starts this year.


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