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akoiki-passport2 – by Adesina O. Koiki
A Lot of Sports Talk editor-in-chief

BALTIMORE — It would not have been a surprise if the Baltimore Orioles, who have a chance to clinch a playoff berth during their penultimate home stand that started on Monday, were caught looking ahead to the most important series of their season that starts three days later. And for almost five innings, they did appear to fall into the trap of playing down to their competition.

Cedric Mullins changed all of that with one swing, allowing Baltimore to start another big week on the right foot.

Mullins cracked a grand slam to highlight a five-run fifth inning for Baltimore, who came from behind to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 11-5 to start a seven-game home stand inside Oriole Park at Camden Yards this evening. Gunnar Henderson hit his 25th home run as the Orioles remain three games ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays for first place in the American League East and in the race for the No. 1 seed in the league before the two play a four-game series starting on Thursday.

*Editor’s note: Above the byline is the photo gallery from Monday evening’s contest, with all photos taken by DC-area photographer Clifford Ray Williams. After clicking on the first photo to enlarge the picture, make sure to press the left and right arrow buttons to scroll through the rest of the pictures. There are 17 pictures in total.

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