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Davis, Chen propel Orioles past Rays

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BALTIMORE -- As soon as Chris Davis made contact, there was absolutely no doubt where the ball was headed: beyond the 25-foot scoreboard in right field and onto Eutaw Street.

The drive also landed Davis in the Baltimore Orioles' record book.

Davis' major league leading 46th home run helped Baltimore beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 on Wednesday night and enabled the Orioles to avoid a three-game sweep.

Davis connected against Jeremy Hellickson (10-7) leading off the fifth inning to put Baltimore in front 4-2. It was the 74th homer in the 22-year history of Camden Yards to land on Eutaw Street, and one of the quickest to arrive there.

"You know what? I come up here to go to the bathroom so I just heard it," Rays manager Joe Maddon said.

Davis tied Jim Gentile for the third-most home runs in a year by an Oriole. Gentile hit 46 in 1961, Frank Robinson clubbed 49 in 1966, and Brady Anderson set the team mark with 50 in 1996.

Davis has 25 homers at Camden Yards, tied with Rafael Palmeiro for most in one year. The single-season record for homers in Baltimore is 27, by Robinson at Memorial Stadium in 1966.

"It means we put up one run on the board and we were able to get the win. That's the biggest thing," Davis said. "Obviously team goals come before individual goals. I'm happy to be swinging the bat well, I'm even happier to get the win."

Wei-Yin Chen (7-6) gave up two runs and six hits in seven innings to help Baltimore win for only the third time in nine games.

"Big win," said catcher Matt Wieters, who sealed the victory with a brilliant throw in the ninth inning. "You like to get a series, but the only thing we could do tonight was win one game. We came out here and played well."

Chen was backed by three double plays, two of which he started.

"How many athletic plays did he make tonight that pitchers don't make?" manager Buck Showalter said. "It's one thing to catch it, it's another thing to make that accurate throw."

Darren O'Day worked a perfect eighth and gave up a leadoff single to Wil Myers in the ninth before Brian Matusz walked pinch-hitter James Loney. Tommy Hunter then got two straight outs, and with runners on the corners, Kelly Johnson was thrown out by Wieters trying to steal second.

It was Hunter's fourth save.

Baltimore's usual closer, Jim Johnson, didn't get up in the bullpen. Johnson had blown three straight save opportunities and surrendered three hits in a non-save situation Tuesday.

"We're going to put our best foot forward every night," Showalter said. "Jimmy's our best option, one of them. I'm glad we've got more than one good option."

Jason Bourgeois and Sean Rodriguez hit solo homers for the Rays, whose second loss in eight games left them a game behind first-place Boston in the AL East.

"A division series and you win two out of three games, that's a good spot to be in," Kelly Johnson said. "We'll take it. Obviously, you want to win them all, but it didn't work out."

Hellickson allowed four runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. The right-hander is 0-4 with an 8.06 ERA in five starts since July 26.

The Orioles used a two-run first inning to take their first lead in the series. After Nate McLouth led off with a single to snap an 0-for-17 skid, Manny Machado singled and Davis walked to load the bases. Adam Jones drove in a run with a fielder's choice grounder, and Wieters hit a sacrifice fly following a double steal.

Bourgeois hit a solo shot in second. It was his third career homer, the first since 2011 with Houston.

In the bottom half, the Orioles loaded the bases with two outs for Davis, who hit a routine fly to left.

Jones made it 3-1 in the third with his 26th home run, a drive to dead center that traveled an estimated 446 feet.

"Oh, that one was definitely filled with helium," Maddon said. "That ball did not want to come down."

Rodriguez answered in the fourth with his third homer, the first since May 26.

Notes

The Orioles had lost five straight to Tampa Bay at Camden Yards, including the first two games of this series by a combined 11-5 score. ... Rays LHP Matt Moore, who has been on the DL since July 31 with a sore elbow, threw 59 pitches during a bullpen session Wednesday. He is slated to pitch a simulated game on Saturday. ... Both teams are off Thursday. Tampa Bay resumes play Friday at home against the Yankees and the Orioles host Oakland, one of the teams they are chasing for a wild-card spot. Maddon said Chris Archer (6-5) will start Friday night.

 
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Catcher Matt Wieters congratulates Tommy Hunter, who closes out the Rays by throwing a perfect ninth inning. (USATSI)
Catcher Matt Wieters congratulates Tommy Hunter, who closes out the Rays by throwing a perfect ninth inning. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

A. Jones
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Tampa Bay

J. Bourgeois
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Desmond Jennings, CF4000000 .255
Ben Zobrist, 2B3020100 .274
Evan Longoria, 3B4000013 .270
Wil Myers, DH3010101 .312
Yunel Escobar, SS3000002 .266
Sean Rodriguez, 1B3111010 .255
   b-Matt Joyce, PH1000002 .250
Jason Bourgeois, RF2111100 .188
   c-Kelly Johnson, PH1000001 .253
Jose Lobaton, C3020011 .261
Sam Fuld, LF3000003 .197
Totals3027243  
a-walked for Escobar in the 9th
b-flied out for S. Rodriguez in the 9th
c-hit into fielder's choice for Bourgeois in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ben Zobrist (29, Chen)
HR - Sean Rodriguez (3, Chen), Jason Bourgeois (1, Chen)
RBI - Sean Rodriguez (18), Jason Bourgeois (2)
2-OUT RBI - Jason Bourgeois (1)
CS - Kelly Johnson (4, 2nd base by Hunter/Wieters)
Team LOB - 5
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeremy Hellickson (L,10-7) 4.1744332 5.01
Cesar Ramos 2.1000100 3.96
Alex Torres 1.1100010 1.28
HBP - Pearce (by Alex Torres)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Hellickson 93-58, Cesar Ramos 25-15, Alex Torres 27-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Hellickson 2-8, Cesar Ramos 3-4, Alex Torres 1-2
Batters Faced - Jeremy Hellickson 23, Cesar Ramos 8, Alex Torres 6
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Nate McLouth, LF4120113 .271
Manny Machado, 3B3010112 .294
Chris Davis, 1B3211103 .306
Adam Jones, CF4122000 .301
Matt Wieters, C3001001 .234
Nick Markakis, RF4000002 .275
J.J. Hardy, SS4010001 .259
Brian Roberts, 2B4010021 .257
Steve Pearce, DH2000100 .245
Totals3148444  
Batting
2B - Nate McLouth (25, Hellickson), J.J. Hardy (19, Hellickson)
HR - Chris Davis (46, Hellickson), Adam Jones (26, Hellickson)
SF - Matt Wieters (7)
RBI - Chris Davis (116), Adam Jones 2 (91), Matt Wieters (62)
SB - Chris Davis (1, 3rd base off Hellickson/Lobaton), Adam Jones (12, 2nd base off Hellickson/Lobaton)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Chen-Hardy-Davis, Chen-Hardy-Davis-Machado-B. Roberts-Davis, Chen-Hardy-Davis-Machado-B. Roberts-Davis-Chen-Hardy-Davis
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wei-Yin Chen (W,7-6) 7622332 3.19
Darren O'Day (H,20) 1100000 2.32
Brian Matusz 0000100 3.30
Tommy Hunter (S,4) 1000000 2.63
Pitches-Strikes - Wei-Yin Chen 98-58, Darren O'Day 16-10, Brian Matusz 11-7, Tommy Hunter 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wei-Yin Chen 9-6, Darren O'Day 3-0, Tommy Hunter 1-1
Batters Faced - Wei-Yin Chen 27, Darren O'Day 4, Brian Matusz 1, Tommy Hunter 2
Game Information
Attendance - 28323
Game Time - 3:08
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Rob Drake