TORONTO — Chris Davis’s power numbers haven’t quite matched up with last year’s 53-homer season, but on Thursday night, the Baltimore Orioles’ slugging first baseman still found a way to be an offensive presence.
Davis drove in three runs on a pair of opposite-field singles against the shift in the Orioles’ 11-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays as Baltimore plated 11 unanswered runs in front of an announced crowd of 16,283 at Rogers Centre.
With the win, the Orioles headed home from Canada with their first winning road trip since their first one following last year’s all-star break.
In the final two games of the series in Toronto, the Orioles scored a total of 21 runs. It was the first time Baltimore has scored 10 or more runs in back-to-back games since Aug. 14-15, 2008 at Cleveland and Detroit.
The Orioles (11-10) also completed a span of 15 straight games against AL East opponents with a 9-6 record and are now tied with the Blue Jays (11-10) for second place in a tightly-packed division.
Eight of the nine Baltimore starters had hits and the team’s two through five hitters combined to drive in eight runs.
Davis, who has just two homers in 21 games this season, opened up a five-run seventh inning by slapping a two-run single into left field through the shift against University of Maryland product Brett Cecil, giving the Orioles a 4-3 lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Orioles right-hander Bud Norris fell behind 3-0 after two innings but settled in nicely despite being visibly bothered by his right hamstring. He allowed three runs in six innings.
— Baltimore Sun