Cedric Mullins entered the history books on Friday.
The Baltimore Orioles outfielder hit for his first career run and the 12th in Orioles franchise history, in a 6-3 Orioles win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. He capped it off with an unmistakably home run in the bottom of the eighth inning, in front of a raucous Camden Yards crowd:
It was Mullins showing his power. He showed his hustle with his fifth-inning triple, accelerating to third base after a line drive into the right-field spread.
He landed his single in the third inning and his double in the seventh, just missing a natural round. And yes, he received a standing ovation from the crowd as he took the field in the ninth inning.
Mullins’ cycle is the seventh since the Orioles moved to Baltimore and the franchise’s first since teammate Austin Hays won last season.
All-Star in 2021 who saw a decline last season, Mullins entered Friday hitting .248/.351/.421 with four homers and 12 stolen bases on 12 attempts. The win improved the Orioles’ record to 25-13, tied for second-best record in MLB but still good for second place in their division behind the Tampa Bay Rays 30-9.