ST. PETERSBURG — There’s no denying that the Orioles’ offense can sometimes rely too much on home runs, which is one of the reasons why the club can be so frustrating to watch when its power hitters go silent.
Following an especially frustrating one-run loss to the last-place Tampa Bay Rays on Monday, the Orioles recorded their best offensive output in the past 14 games as a pair of homers sent them to a 7-5 win Tuesday night in front of an announced 10,803 at Tropicana Field.
The win was the Orioles’ sixth in seven games against Tampa Bay this season. The Orioles’ seven runs were their most since an 8-3 win in Texas on June 3.
Chris Davis hit his third career grand slam in the third inning after a crew-chief review prompted the umpires to award the Orioles first baseman his 12th homer of the season.
Davis’ grand slam, which he hit against former Orioles left-hander Erik Bedard, came after a stretch in which he recorded just four hits in 32 at-bats over nine games.
Designated hitter Steve Pearce, hitting from the No. 2 spot in the order, blasted his fifth homer of the season, a two-run shot off reliever Brad Boxberger in the seventh inning that gave the Orioles a 7-4 lead.
Six of the Orioles’ seven runs Tuesday -- and nine of 11 over the first two games of the series – have come on home runs.
The Orioles (36-34) lead the majors with 23 homers in June and have hit two or more homers in 23 games this season, with 16 of those 23 coming in the past 28 games. Since May 20, the Orioles’ 41 homers lead the majors.
Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez, who was activated from the disabled list before the game and was making his first start since May 30, struggled to preserve an early 5-0 lead over the Rays (28-44).