Game Report: Orioles 8, Cardinals 5

The Cardinals and Orioles staged another Home Run Derby on Sunday at Camden Yards in Baltimore, a ballpark the St. Louis pitchers won’t have to worry about seeing again for at least another three years.

For the second game in a row, Cardinals’ pitchers allowed at least four homers, accounting for five of the Orioles’ runs in their second consecutive victory. They hit five on Saturday en route to scoring 15 runs.

The Cardinals hit four homers of their own, two from Stephen Piscotty, accounting for all five of their runs.

It was the first time the Cardinals have allowed four or more homers in consecutive games since 2011, at Washington, and the first time they have allowed nine homers over a two-game span since 2006, against Atlanta, at Busch Stadium.

The Cardinals have given up three or more home runs in four of the last six games they have played in Baltimore, dating back to 2014.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: In addition to the two homers from Piscotty, his fifth and sixth of the season, the Cardinals had homers from Dexter Fowler and Yadier Molina. Fowler, now with 13 homers, became the first Cardinal to hit at least one homer in four consecutive games since Albert Pujols in 2011. It also was his first homer batting right-handed this season. Molna’s homer was his eighth of the year … The team’s third, fourth and fifth hitters – Tommy Pham, Jedd Gyorko and Molina, were a combined 1-for-12, the only hit Molina’s homer in the eighth. The Cardinals had only two hits other than the four homers, a single by Fowler in the third and a single by Aledmys Diaz in the fourth … This is the first time the Cardinals have hit at least three homers in three consecutive games since 2011.

On the mound: Lance Lynn allowed all four of the Orioles’ homers in just 4 2/3 innings, the first time in 142 career starts he has allowed more than three in a game. It also was only the second time in 14 starts this season he failed to pitch at least five innings. Lynn gave up seven of the Orioles’ runs, the most he has allowed in a game this season … The other run scored off Kevin Siegrist in the sixth.

Key stat: Since moving into the second spot in the batting order, Fowler is hitting .378 (14-for-37) and in the 10 games he has started has hit five homers and driven in 13 runs.

Worth noting: The franchise record for most consecutive games hitting at least one home run in one season is five, last done by Ryan Ludwick in 2008 … The last Cardinal to homer in four consecutive games while hitting second was Matt Holliday in 2010 …Pham hit third for the second time this season and was 0-for-4, dropping the team’s combined average in the third spot this season to .219, ahead of only the Pirates in the National League … It was the second two-homer game of Piscotty’s career … Randal Grichuk hit two homers for Memphis on Sunday … Because of the rotation of opponents for interleague games, the Cardinals won’t be a candidate to return to Baltimore until at least 2020 and perhaps later.

Looking ahead: The Cardinals will have the day off on Monday before the road trip continues with three games in Philadelphia. Mike Leake will pitch the opener on Tuesday night, with Jeremy Hellickson starting for the Phillies.