BALTIMORE -- Down a run after a leadoff homer by George Springer, the Orioles didn't wait long to respond.
Baltimore came storming out, clobbering four home runs off Astros starter Collin McHugh in the first inning -- including three in a row -- to put on a historic power spectacle Friday night at Oriole Park. Though they went on to lose, 15-8, the Orioles blasted five homers to give them 11 over the past two games.
The four home runs by one team in the first inning tied the Major League record and was the eighth time it has been done. The Orioles are the first team since 1900 to hit four home runs before recording an out. It was also the first time in Major League history that four of a team's first five batters in a game homered.
"I don't know if I've ever been blitzed like that before in my career," McHugh said. "Today's game in general was kind of a crazy game, to start out like that was obviously not the way you draw it up."
Adam Jones got things started with a leadoff homer and, after a Hyun Soo Kim single, Manny Machado gave the O's the lead with a two-run shot to center field. Chris Davis followed him, blasting his fourth homer in three games, and narrowly missing sending his third consecutive home run onto Eutaw Street.
Davis' ball, which had an exit velocity of more than 110 mph, according to Statcast™, landed a projected 446 feet away from home plate, which is his longest homer this season. His previous high of 444 feet was hit on Thursday night.
Mark Trumbo completed the back-to-back-to-back effort, blasting his Major League-leading 36th home run. Together, Jones, Machado, Davis and Trumbo have 116 home runs on the season and the O's have a Major League-leading 188.
The Orioles managed just one hit over the final six innings -- a laser home run to right-center by Pedro Alvarez -- but the start etched them in history even with a loss.
"On the offensive side, there are some positives for sure," Trumbo said. "We had some good at-bats. Later in the game, it wasn't quite as sharp, but especially how we started -- that was kind of what we were looking for."