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Orioles 4, Astros 3

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BALTIMORE -- It's safe to say the media covering the Baltimore Orioles was more concerned about Chris Davis' home-run dry spell than the slugger himself.

After Davis hit his major league-leading 38th homer to give the Orioles a 4-3 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night, someone asked him how happy he was to end a 10-game, long ball drought.

"Oh, I'm so happy," he said, quite sarcastically. "I can go home and sleep tonight. Just eat food again. I don't have to wake up every three hours and cry."

Davis came in with a .205 batting average since the All-Star break and was without a homer since July 14. The sixth-inning drive off Lucas Harrell (5-11) was his first extra-base hit in seven games and gave Baltimore its first lead.

"It was big because of when it happened," Davis said.

Later, Davis acknowledged he was trying too hard and swinging at too many bad pitches.

"It's not like I felt terrible," he said. "I've been way too aggressive on balls out of the zone. ... That was my goal today, just to be a little more patient. It obviously paid off."

J.J. Hardy hit a two-run single in the fourth inning to start Baltimore's comeback from a three-run deficit. The Orioles got only three hits in winning for the second time in seven games.

Wei-Yin Chen (6-3) allowed three runs, seven hits and a walk in 7 1/3 innings for his fourth straight win. The left-hander had a season-high nine strikeouts and threw a career-high 119 pitches.

"To be honest with you, I'm a little tired right now," he said through an interpreter. "This was the first time I threw that many in the U.S., but I definitely felt really strong and really good."

Darren O'Day got two outs in the eighth and Jim Johnson worked a perfect ninth for his 36th save.

Jonathan Villar stole home and Robbie Grossman had a career-high three hits for the Astros, who are 2-9 since the break.

Bud Norris was scratched as Houston's starting pitcher amid rumors he would be dealt before the non-waiver trade deadline of Wednesday at 4 p.m.

"You have a guy that has attracted a lot of interest from other ballclubs," manager Bo Porter said before the game. "It just made more sense to not risk injury at this juncture of the conversation."

Making his first start since July 5, Harrell gave up only two hits but issued five walks -- three of which turned into runs.

In his defense, he found out he was starting early in the afternoon.

"I felt like I made a lot of really close misses, pitching in and out to guys," he said. "It's just one of those things where even when guys are on base you've got to keep attacking. I nibbled a little bit, I didn't want to give up the runs. [But] you can't be walking guys like that. Any time a guy like me walks guys, because I don't strike out a lot, it's going to be a long night."

Chen retired the first seven batters he faced before running into trouble in the third. Three straight singles loaded the bases for Jose Altuve, who bounced a two-run single to left. With the bases full and two outs, Chen went to the stretch with his back toward Villar, who danced halfway down the baseline before breaking for home. He made it easily for a 3-0 lead.

"For me it was easy," Villar said. "Because sometimes when the pitcher doesn't look at me, that's easy for me."

Chen said, "That was embarrassing and that's a lesson I need to learn. I looked down and I had no clue he was going to home."

Baltimore got two runs back in the fourth. After Harrell walked the bases loaded, Hardy got the Orioles' first hit, a single up the middle.

After Nick Markakis drew a leadoff walk in the sixth, Davis hit an opposite-field drive to left.

"I got the ball down, and he hit the ball out," Harrell said. "It was just one of those things where I made a good pitch, and tip your hat to him. He is what he is because of who he is. He hits the ball like that a lot."

Notes

The game marked the return of Astros 3B coach Dave Trembley to Baltimore. Trembley managed the Orioles from June 2007 to June 2010. ... Houston is 0-7 in Baltimore after being swept in 2005 and 2008. ... The Astros recalled RHP Chia-Jen Lo from Double A Corpus Christi and purchased the contract of RHP Josh Zeid from Triple-A Oklahoma City. RHP Hector Ambriz was optioned to OKC. Zeid made his major league debut in the eighth inning and got two outs. ... Former Oriole Erik Bedard is scheduled to take the mound for the Astros on Wednesday night. Miguel Gonzalez, who's 5-0 at home, will start for Baltimore. ... Chen is 3-0 with a 2.57 ERA in his four starts since returning from the disabled list on July 10.

 
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Players of the Game
Baltimore

C. Davis
AB 2
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Houston

J. Altuve
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jonathan Villar, SS3110011 .276
Jose Altuve, 2B4022001 .282
Jason Castro, DH3000122 .259
Chris Carter, 1B-LF4000024 .217
Justin Maxwell, RF3000022 .241
   a-Brett Wallace, PH-1B1000001 .216
Carlos Corporan, C4000020 .254
Brandon Barnes, CF3000000 .240
   b-Marc Krauss, PH1000000 .192
Matt Dominguez, 3B4110010 .228
Robbie Grossman, LF-RF3130000 .222
Totals33372110  
a-flied out for Maxwell in the 8th
b-grounded out for Barnes in the 9th
Batting
2B - Robbie Grossman (6, Chen)
SH - Jonathan Villar (3)
RBI - Jose Altuve 2 (34)
SB - Jonathan Villar (5, ), Jose Altuve (26, 2nd base off O'Day/Wieters)
Team LOB - 5
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Lucas Harrell (L,5-11) 5.1244531 5.24
Josh Fields 0.1000110 6.23
Wesley Wright 1.2100010 4.12
Joshua Zeid 0.2000100 0.00
WP - Lucas Harrell (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Lucas Harrell 101-51, Josh Fields 9-3, Wesley Wright 21-14, Joshua Zeid 8-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Lucas Harrell 4-9, Wesley Wright 1-2
Batters Faced - Lucas Harrell 23, Josh Fields 2, Wesley Wright 5, Joshua Zeid 3
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Nate McLouth, LF4010000 .284
Manny Machado, 3B3100101 .295
Nick Markakis, RF3100101 .285
Adam Jones, CF4000001 .293
Chris Davis, DH2212210 .305
Matt Wieters, C2000211 .241
J.J. Hardy, SS2012111 .253
Ryan Flaherty, 1B3000003 .213
Brian Roberts, 2B3000020 .253
Totals2643475  
Batting
HR - Chris Davis (38, Harrell)
RBI - Chris Davis 2 (99), J.J. Hardy 2 (60)
2-OUT RBI - J.J. Hardy 2 (22)
CS - Nate McLouth (5, 2nd base by Wright/Corporan)
Team LOB - 5
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wei-Yin Chen (W,6-3) 7.1733190 2.87
Darren O'Day (H,16) 0.2000010 2.17
Jim Johnson (S,36) 1000000 3.40
Pitches-Strikes - Wei-Yin Chen 119-78, Darren O'Day 7-6, Jim Johnson 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wei-Yin Chen 7-6, Jim Johnson 2-1
Batters Faced - Wei-Yin Chen 30, Darren O'Day 2, Jim Johnson 3
Game Information
Attendance - 24904
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Kerwin Danley, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Victor Carapazza