Davis’s 3-homer binge lifts Baltimore to win


Chris Davis, right, fist-bumps third base coach DeMarlo Hale after hitting a solo home run in the second inning. (Patrick Semansky/ASSOCIATED PRESS)
August 24, 2012

By the time Chris Davis reached the Baltimore Orioles’ dugout after his third homer in Friday’s 6-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays, his teammates were already waiting for him on the top step.

They were psyched about what had just occurred in a season in which the unexpected seemingly keeps happening. A moment later, Davis had to retreat, tipping his helmet to acknowledge a standing ovation from the announced crowd of 25,754 at Camden Yards.

The victory gave the Orioles (68-57) their 13th win in 19 games.

The fans — here for Fireworks Night and to welcome home their upstart club from a solid trip — had watched something that hadn’t happened since 2006 when Nick Markakis was a rookie: a three-homer game by an Oriole.

Unlike Markakis, who homered three times on Aug. 22, 2006 against Minnesota’s Carlos Silva, Davis punished two pitchers. He hit solo shots against Carlos Villanueva in the second and fourth and a two-run homer versus Steve Delabar in the sixth.

Davis is the third player since 1900 to homer three times in a game and get credited with a win in the same season (he pitched two scoreless innings May 6 in Boston in a 17-inning victory). Babe Ruth did it for the Yankees in 1930, and the Boston Braves’ Jim Tobin accomplished the feat in 1942.

“It’s been crazy. Played the outfield, obviously pitched, DH’d quite a bit,” Davis said. “It’s been a lot of fun. There’s been some tough times, but I feel the good outweighs the bad by far.”

Davis entered the night one homer shy of his career high of 21, which he hit in 2009 with the Texas Rangers.

— Baltimore Sun

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