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Chris Davis Goes Salami, Baltimore Orioles Even Series with 7-5 Victory Over Tampa Bay Rays

June 18th, 2014 at 6:51 AM
By Josh Michael

Chris Davis hit a third inning grand slam and Steve Pearce added a two run home run in the seventh to help lead the Baltimore Orioles to a 7-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday Night.

'Chris Davis' photo (c) 2013, Keith Allison - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/
  

The third inning turned out to be a little bit of a coming out party for the Orioles offense as they got to former Orioles pitcher Erik Bedard for five runs on three hits in the inning. Jonathan Schoop led off with single and two batters later he advanced to third with some aggressive base running on a Nick Markakis single. After a Pearce walk loaded the bases, Schoop scored on a wild pitch to put the first run on the board. Adam Jones then was hit by a pitch to reload the bases to set up Davis' grand slam.

Originally, Davis' homer was ruled a double as umpires thought it bounced off the wall, but upon an umpire review it was found that the ball bounced off the foul pole and Davis was granted the salami.

Baltimore went scoreless after the third and come the seventh inning they had saw their 5-0 lead turn into a slim 5-4 lead, but a one out, two run home run from Pearce gave them a little bit of breathing room.

Pearce and Markakis each had two hits in the game to lead the O's offensively, and Pearce was on base four times on the night as he added two walks as well.

Miguel Gonzalez (4-4) picked up the win despite having a shaky first start back from the disabled list. Gonzalez had excellent command of his breaking pitches, but the normal fastball command was not there as he was inconsistent with his location when it came to the heater. Gonzalez tossed five innings and allowed four runs on eight hits, two walks, five strikeouts and a pair of solo home runs, which were back-to-back home runs to leadoff the third inning right after the O's offense put up a five spot.

Gonzalez's start ended the Orioles streak of eight consecutive quality starts from their starting rotation.

Ryan Webb came in relief and tossed a perfect 1 2/3 innings before giving way to Brian Matusz who gave up an earned run in 1/3 of an inning. Darren O'Day tossed a scoreless inning and Zach Britton worked a perfect ninth inning for his eighth save of the season.

With the win, the Orioles improved to 36-34 on the season and thanks to a Toronto Blue Jays loss, the Birds move to within four games of the AL East lead. Baltimore will look for the series win this afternoon as they send Kevin Gausman (2-1) to the mound to face Alex Cobb (2-4) with first pitch scheduled for 1:10 p.m.


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Tags: Baltimore, Baltimore Orioles, Baseball, Chris Davis, Miguel Gonzalez, MLB, Nick Markakis, Steve Pearce

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