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BOSTON -- Chris Davis had a much better day as a designated pitcher than as a designated hitter.
In the first major-league game since 1925 in which both teams put a position player on the mound, Davis overcame an awful day at the plate by pitching two scoreless innings and getting the win as the Baltimore Orioles outlasted Boston 9-6 on Sunday in 17 innings.
Davis went 0 for 8 as the DH, striking out five times and grounding into a double play. Yet in a season full of surprises for the Orioles, the first baseman by trade delivered the biggest one yet in his pro pitching debut.
"I was like 'Sweet! I get to try something different today -- because hitting ain't working," Davis said. "Basically, that was my first thought."
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Boston then got two runners on to start the 17th against Davis (1-0). With a fastball in the mid-80s mph, he struck out All-Star slugger Adrian Gonzalez and got McDonald to ground into a double play to end a game that took 6 hours, 7 minutes.
The last time two teams brought in position players to pitch in the same game was Oct. 4, 1925, when Hall of Famers Ty Cobb of Detroit and George Sisler of the St. Louis Browns closed out the second game of a doubleheader on the last day of the season, STATS LLC said.
The last time any position player wound up as the winning pitcher was May 25, 2011, when Philadelphia infielder Wilson Valdez threw one scoreless inning in a 19-inning victory against Cincinnati.
"I was just out there trying to throw strikes and not blow the game," Davis said. "In a game like that when everybody's battling, trying to get a win, both teams are throwing everything they got at each other. You don't want to blow it."
Baltimore and Boston each used eight pitchers before going to Davis and McDonald.
"Just when you think you've seen it all, some days you come out here and just assume the position. That was fun," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. "It was a long day, but you like to get something good out of it."
J.J. Hardy had a career-high five hits, including two home runs, as Baltimore completed its first sweep at Fenway Park since 1994 and won its fifth in a row. The shortstop also made a relay to the plate that cut down the potential winning run to end the 16th.
Robert Andino hit a three-run shot for the Orioles, who improved to a major league-best 19-9.
Boston has lost five straight. McDonald had scored the tying run as a pinch runner in the eighth, and took the final swing against Davis.
"He had pretty good stuff. He had a lot of life on his balls -- more than I expected," McDonald said. "I don't know what was worse -- giving up the three-run home run or grounding into a double play to end the game."
Said Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine: "He tried to throw it over and got hit out of the park."
"I wish there was another option," he said.
Boston rookie Will Middlebrooks hit his first major league home run, a grand slam that tied it at 5 in the fifth inning. Gonzalez finished 0 for 8.
Davis was having a tough day when Showalter told him to go to the bullpen and begin warming up.
"I waited as long as I could to even break it to Chris," he said. "You don't put somebody in that position. It's like asking somebody if they want to walk somebody or not. It's not their decision, it's yours."
Mike Aviles followed with a double, but Byrd was thrown out at the plate. Jones ran down the ball in left-center field and threw a strike to Hardy, and his relay was in time as Byrd barreled into catcher Matt Wieters.
McDonald, who pitched one inning last year in his pro mound debut and gave up two runs, took over in the 17th and walked Betemit, who was thrown out trying to steal.
Hardy doubled, Nick Markakis walked and Jones hit a drive over the left-field wall.
Boston made it 6-6 in the eighth when McDonald, pinch running for David Ortiz, scored on a sacrifice fly by Saltalamacchia.
|Boston outfielder-turned-reliever Darnell McDonald gathers himself after allowing the deciding HR to Adam Jones (left). (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Ryan Flaherty, LF||5||0||1||0||0||1||0||.167|
|a- Ronny Paulino, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.300|
|Wilson Betemit, 3B||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||.262|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||8||3||5||2||0||0||1||.217|
|Nick Markakis, RF||4||1||0||0||4||1||3||.236|
|Adam Jones, CF||8||2||3||3||0||1||3||.304|
|Matt Wieters, C||7||1||2||0||1||1||3||.301|
|Chris Davis, DH-P||8||0||0||0||0||5||5||.299|
|Mark Reynolds, 3B-1B||3||1||2||1||4||0||0||.195|
|Nick Johnson, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||3||3||.128|
|b- Endy Chavez, PH-LF||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.127|
|Robert Andino, 2B||7||1||1||3||0||3||3||.309|
|a-grounded out for Flaherty in the 11th|
|b-popped out-bunting for N. Johnson in the 11th|
|2B - J.J. Hardy (5, McDonald), Adam Jones (7, Buchholz), Matt Wieters (5, Atchison), Mark Reynolds (7, Padilla)|
|HR - J.J. Hardy 2 (6, Buchholz, Buchholz), Adam Jones (8, McDonald), Robert Andino (2, Buchholz)|
|RBI - J.J. Hardy 2 (10), Adam Jones 3 (17), Mark Reynolds (9), Robert Andino 3 (10)|
|2-OUT RBI - Mark Reynolds (6), Robert Andino 3 (7)|
|SB - Adam Jones (5, 3rd base off Padilla/Saltalamacchia), Mark Reynolds (1, 2nd base off Hill/Saltalamacchia)|
|CS - Wilson Betemit (1, 2nd base by McDonald/Saltalamacchia)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|Outfield Assists - Adam Jones 1|
|DP - Hardy-Reynolds-N. Johnson, Wieters-Hardy, Hardy-Andino-Reynolds|
|E - Wilson Betemit (5, Misplayed grounder), Mark Reynolds (5, Throwing)|
|Pedro Strop (BS,2)||2||1||0||0||0||1||0||1.59|
|Chris Davis (W,1-0)||2||2||0||0||1||2||0||0.00|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Hunter 78-52, Luis Ayala 22-15, Darren O'Day 22-13, Troy Patton 6-6, Pedro Strop 25-14, Kevin Gregg 35-21, Matt Lindstrom 29-17, Jim Johnson 29-16, Chris Davis 23-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Hunter 6-3, Luis Ayala 1-2, Darren O'Day 2-0, Troy Patton 1-0, Pedro Strop 2-2, Kevin Gregg 1-1, Matt Lindstrom 1-2, Jim Johnson 3-0, Chris Davis 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Tommy Hunter 20, Luis Ayala 6, Darren O'Day 4, Troy Patton 2, Pedro Strop 6, Kevin Gregg 7, Matt Lindstrom 8, Jim Johnson 7, Chris Davis 8|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Mike Aviles, SS||8||1||3||0||0||2||3||.265|
|Ryan Sweeney, RF||8||0||4||1||0||2||2||.368|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||5||0||1||0||3||1||4||.302|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||8||0||0||0||0||2||8||.264|
|David Ortiz, DH||4||1||2||0||0||1||0||.365|
|Darnell McDonald, PR-DH-P||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.184|
|Cody Ross, LF||7||1||1||0||0||5||2||.258|
|Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C||5||1||1||1||1||2||1||.235|
|Will Middlebrooks, 3B||7||1||2||4||0||1||2||.313|
|Marlon Byrd, CF||7||0||1||0||0||1||1||.161|
|2B - Mike Aviles 2 (8, Hunter, Davis), David Ortiz (12, Patton), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (5, Ayala)|
|HR - Will Middlebrooks (1, Hunter)|
|SF - Jarrod Saltalamacchia (1)|
|RBI - Ryan Sweeney (10), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (10), Will Middlebrooks 4 (4)|
|CS - Mike Aviles (3, 2nd base by Strop/Wieters), Dustin Pedroia (2, 2nd base by Hunter/Wieters)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|Outfield Assists - Marlon Byrd 1|
|DP - Middlebrooks-Pedroia-Gonzalez, Middlebrooks-Pedroia-Gonzalez, Aviles-Pedroia-Gonzalez, Gonzalez-Aviles, Aviles-Pedroia-Gonzalez, Pedroia-Aviles-Gonzalez|
|E - Will Middlebrooks (1, Throwing), Jarrod Saltalamacchia 2 (3, Dropped fly)|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Darnell McDonald (L,0-1)||1||2||3||3||2||0||1||27.00|
|Pitches-Strikes - Clay Buchholz 81-46, Andrew Miller 17-12, Matt Albers 31-18, Vicente Padilla 31-17, Alfredo Aceves 31-21, Franklin Morales 26-16, Rich Hill 33-21, Scott Atchison 23-14, Darnell McDonald 24-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clay Buchholz 3-2, Andrew Miller 1-0, Matt Albers 2-1, Franklin Morales 3-2, Rich Hill 3-1, Scott Atchison 3-2, Darnell McDonald 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Clay Buchholz 20, Andrew Miller 4, Matt Albers 6, Vicente Padilla 5, Alfredo Aceves 8, Franklin Morales 7, Rich Hill 7, Scott Atchison 6, Darnell McDonald 6|
|Attendance - 37394|
|Game Time - 6:07|
|Temperature - 54|
|Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - Mike Estabrook|