Chris Davis became just the third player in MLB history as he belted his 50th home run of the season to join Albert Belle and Babe Ruth as the only players to have 50 or more home runs and 40 or more doubles in the same season. He also tied Brady Anderson's Baltimore Orioles franchise record for home runs in a season as well as he helped lead the O's to a 5-3 victory Friday Night over the Toronto Blue Jays.
With the game tied at three in the top of the eighth inning, Davis led off the inning with an opposite field solo shot off of the All Star reliever Steve Delabar to not only give the Orioles the lead, but to put himself in the record books. After the game, Davis found out that a group of Orioles fans put some money together ($100) in order to purchase the ball from the Blue Jays fan that caught it and return the ball to Crush. To top everything off with regards to the history making homer, it also gave the Orioles the lead and Davis was sure to mention the importance,
"Ultimately the bottom line is that we got the win," Davis said after the game.
Davis was not the only hero of the night, as local product Steve Clevenger, who was making the start for Matt Wieters behind the plate to give him a day off, came through with a clutch two out two run double to tie the game at three in the seventh. JJ Hardy knocked in Adam Jones with a double earlier in the inning to put the Orioles on the board.
Danny Valencia, who has been so on fire that Manager Buck Showalter is basically forced to put him in the lineup, got the start against a right handed pitcher, and came through in the eighth with a RBI single for the Birds' fifth run.
Baltimore struggled offensively for the first six innings, but put it together over the final three frames. Jones led the way going 3-5 with a double and two runs scored, while Nate McLouth had the other multi hit game for the O's going 2-4.
The Orioles bullpen combined to throw four shutout innings of relief courtesy of a scoreless frame from Kevin Gausman, a third of an inning from T.J. McFarland, 1 2/3 innings by Tommy Hunter and a scoreless ninth by Jim Johnson, who picked up his 44th save of the season.
Jason Hammel (7-8) got his first start since returning from the disabled list and pitched OK as he only allowed three hits over his five innings of work, but two of those went for home runs and accounted for the three runs he allowed. He was certainly efficient as he only needed 62 pitches to get through his five inning and only walked one.
Baltimore look to guarantee a series win this evening as they send Chris Tillman (16-5) to the mound against Toronto's Esmil Rogers (5-7). It was a good way to start out their ten game road trip, but if the O's want to make a playoff push, they will need more nights like last night in the immediate future.
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