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Reynolds hopes he's found spark at plate

Reynolds hopes he's found spark at plate

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Reynolds hopes he's found spark at plate
BOSTON -- Mark Reynolds, who snapped his 76 at-bat homerless drought in Friday night's 6-4, 13-inning win over the Red Sox, was rounding the bases at Fenway Park when he noticed the Orioles' dugout was eerily quiet. In fact, his teammates had barely moved from the bench, playfully deciding to give Reynolds the snub after his third-inning homer off Jon Lester gave Reynolds his long-awaited first homer of the year.

The sentiment is a familiar one for the Orioles, who are both having fun and winning -- two unexpected byproducts of some solid starting pitching and a bullpen ERA that was tops in the Majors entering Saturday. Now the O's hope to get their offense going, or more specifically Reynolds, who has struggled mightily in the first month of the season and went without a home run in April for the first time in his career.

"I got the silent treatment from the dugout, which was expected," said Reynolds -- who went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, a walk and a homer -- of his reception, which prompted him to run into the tunnel and accidentally spurn manager Buck Showalter's outstretched hand. "But, it's good to kind of get that first one. Now I can just relax and play."

Reynolds did just that, clobbering reliever Clayton Mortensen's sixth pitch over the Green Monster for a three-run shot in his second at-bat Saturday afternoon, capping off a seven-run third inning in an 8-2 win over the Red Sox. Reynolds, who also doubled, went 2-for-4 and has four homers in his last three games at Fenway Park dating back to last season.

"Mark's starting to swing it like we know he can," Showalter said after the win. "That three-run homer really gave us some breathing room there."

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