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Davis blasts major league-best 41st HR as O's bury Padres

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SAN DIEGO -- Chris Davis struck out in each of his first two at-bats Wednesday. He flied out with the bases loaded in the fifth.

He certainly made the most of his next opportunity.

Davis hit his major league-best 41st homer in Baltimore's four-run eighth inning, helping the Orioles beat the San Diego Padres 10-3 on Wednesday.

"The thing about Chris," manager Buck Showalter said, "he is so lethal that he may have some bad at-bats, but you never think he's not a swing away from really doing something good for you."

Davis belted a tiebreaking three-run shot into the bleachers in right-center on the first pitch from Colt Hynes. The drive traveled an estimated 453 feet, making it one of the longest home runs in the history of spacious Petco Park.

"I don't know if it's the longest one I ever hit," Davis said, "but it's one of the longer ones. It helped that the wind was blowing out a little bit.

"I think I had some pitches earlier in the game that I could have hit, so to get that pitch early and to put a good swing on felt pretty good."

Brian Roberts tacked on a sacrifice fly, and the Orioles then broke it open with three more runs in the ninth. Davis walked and scored on J.J. Hardy's two-run single in the big final inning.

Luke Gregerson (5-6) allowed singles to Manny Machado and Adam Jones before Davis went deep, giving him a majors-best 106 RBI.

"I have felt good the last couple of games," said Davis, who went 2 for 4 in Tuesday's 4-1 victory. "I feel comfortable in the box, but haven't had much to show for it."

Jedd Gyorko hit a tying three-run homer in the sixth for San Diego, which has dropped three of four. Alexi Amarista had two hits.

The Orioles' scoring outburst handed a win to Francisco Rodriguez (1-0), who struck out two in a perfect seventh inning. Troy Patton and Darren O'Day then combined for the final two innings.

San Diego wasted a solid start by Eric Stults, who allowed three runs, two earned, and five hits in seven innings. He struck out six and walked one.

Hardy hit his 19th homer in the second, and the Orioles used San Diego's sloppy defense to score single runs in the fourth and fifth.

Machado reached on second baseman Gyorko's error in the fourth. Adam Jones followed with a sharp single up the middle and Machado came around to score when Amarista threw the ball into Baltimore's dugout while trying to get the runner at third.

Stults' error on pitcher Miguel Gonzalez's sacrifice in the fifth allowed the Orioles to load the bases with no outs. Nick Markakis popped out, but Machado single to center to give Baltimore a 3-0 lead.

Gonzalez struck out eight in six innings and was charged with three runs and six hits.

"I felt Miggy was as good as anything that happened in the game," Showalter said. "He gave a up a 3-2 walk and a broken-bat single to left and then made one or two mistakes. The game isn't always fair."

Gonzalez was sailing along until Gyorko's drive skidded off the top of the fence in center in the sixth. Chris Denorfia and Yonder Alonso were aboard for Gyorko's 10th homer of the season.

Hardy tacked on a two-run single in the ninth and finished with three RBI.

Notes

  • Padres OF Carlos Quentin (right knee) remained out of the starting lineup. He could be headed for the disabled list if he is unable to play this weekend in Cincinnati. "We are giving him every opportunity to get to the point where he can play whether it's in a pinch-hitter role or back on the field full bore," manager Bud Black said. "We are coming closer to the decision whether to put him on DL or whether we can wait another day or two."
  • SS Ronny Cedeno, who was promoted on Tuesday, went 0 for 4 in his San Diego debut.
  • Orioles RHP Jason Hammel, who is on the DL with a right flexor mass strain (between forearm and elbow), tried to throw Tuesday, but manager Buck Showalter said he's still experiencing "some discomfort" and might not be ready to come off the DL when he's eligible on Tuesday.
  • Showalter said minor-league LHP Tsuyoshi Wada from Japan could be a potential September call-up as a reliever and possibly a starter. He threw five scoreless innings for Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday night and has had back-to-back scoreless outings.
 
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Chris Davis hits a tiebreaking 3-run shot in the eighth, giving him a majors-best 106 RBI. (USATSI)
Chris Davis hits a tiebreaking 3-run shot in the eighth, giving him a majors-best 106 RBI. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

C. Davis
AB 4
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
San Diego

J. Gyorko
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Nick Markakis, RF5110003 .282
Manny Machado, 3B4221101 .297
Adam Jones, CF5230014 .301
Chris Davis, 1B4213124 .302
Matt Wieters, C5111011 .234
J.J. Hardy, SS5123022 .254
Steve Pearce, LF3110010 .258
   Nate McLouth, LF1010100 .284
Brian Roberts, 2B3011000 .240
   Darren O'Day, P1000012 .000
Miguel Gonzalez, P1000000 .000
   a-Henry Urrutia, PH1000000 .273
   b-Ryan Flaherty, PH-2B1000011 .219
Totals391013939  
a-grounded out for M. Gonzalez in the 7th
b-struck out for Rodriguez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Matt Wieters (22, Hynes), Steve Pearce (4, Stults)
HR - Chris Davis (41, Hynes), J.J. Hardy (19, Stults)
SF - Brian Roberts (3)
SH - Miguel Gonzalez (1)
RBI - Manny Machado (54), Chris Davis 3 (106), Matt Wieters (53), J.J. Hardy 3 (63), Brian Roberts (16)
2-OUT RBI - J.J. Hardy 3 (25)
SB - Nate McLouth (27, 2nd base off Thayer/Rivera)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
PB - Matt Wieters (5)
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Miguel Gonzalez 6633281 3.91
Francisco Rodriguez (W,2-1) 1000020 2.12
Troy Patton 0.2100000 3.50
Darren O'Day 1.1000000 2.40
Pitches-Strikes - Miguel Gonzalez 99-64, Francisco Rodriguez 11-9, Troy Patton 15-9, Darren O'Day 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Miguel Gonzalez 5-4, Troy Patton 1-1
Batters Faced - Miguel Gonzalez 25, Francisco Rodriguez 3, Troy Patton 3, Darren O'Day 4
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Will Venable, RF4010021 .251
Chris Denorfia, LF3100121 .265
Chase Headley, 3B4010032 .241
Yonder Alonso, 1B3110111 .297
Jedd Gyorko, 2B4113003 .246
Alexi Amarista, CF4020000 .266
Ronny Cedeno, SS4000011 .214
Rene Rivera, C4010001 .217
Eric Stults, P2000002 .156
   a-Jesus Guzman, PH1000010 .233
Totals33373210  
a-struck out for Stults in the 7th
Batting
2B - Chase Headley (24, Patton), Alexi Amarista (11, M. Gonzalez)
HR - Jedd Gyorko (10, M. Gonzalez)
RBI - Jedd Gyorko 3 (31)
SB - Will Venable (13, 2nd base off M. Gonzalez/Wieters)
CS - Alexi Amarista (1, 2nd base by M. Gonzalez/Wieters)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Headley-Gyorko-Alonso
E - Alexi Amarista (4, Throwing), Jedd Gyorko (4, Throwing), Eric Stults (2, Misplayed grounder)
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Eric Stults 7532161 3.50
Luke Gregerson (L,5-6) 0222000 3.38
Colt Hynes 0222001 7.36
Dale Thayer 1100020 2.79
Sean O'Sullivan 1333210 4.87
Pitches-Strikes - Eric Stults 99-73, Luke Gregerson 5-4, Colt Hynes 4-3, Dale Thayer 19-13, Sean O'Sullivan 32-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Eric Stults 8-8, Sean O'Sullivan 1-1
Batters Faced - Eric Stults 28, Luke Gregerson 2, Colt Hynes 2, Dale Thayer 4, Sean O'Sullivan 8
Game Information
Attendance - 21206
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Doug Eddings