Chris Davis turned up the heat on the Pittsburgh Pirates with a three home runs in Baltimore Orioles 9-2 demolition and hopes to use this game to reignite his flagging season.
Before last night’s runs the All-Star first baseman had only managed three homers all season and had struggled to replicate his hot form from last year. But the 28-year-old lefty was instrumental in nearly all of the Orioles runs as they lifted their record to 23-20 after a miserable weekend against the Kansas City Royals.
It was the second time in the sluggers' career he had achieved three home runs in a single game, the last coming in August 2012.
Speaking to MLB.com Davis explained his relief after finding his form. He said: “it was frustrating Sunday. I think it was good to have a day off and clear my head. I told my wife Jill ‘Today I’m going to start over. I’m going to start the season over today.’”
And that is what the first basemen did with aplomb. Davis’ five RBI enabled the Orioles to score back-to-back six runs or more games for only the second time this season.
The Orioles took control of the game in the fourth and fifth innings after trailing one nothing. Against the waning Francisco Liriano the O’s scored six runs of the pitcher before he was replaced.
Davis snuck a single and with Cruz gaining a walk shortstop J.J Hardy smashed Baltimore on to the board in the fourth. Rookie Caleb Joseph gained his first career RBI with a walk for the second run but the O’s couldn't produce further runs with all bases loaded.
But in their return at the fifth innings, Manny Machado scored from first base off of Adam Jones’ double and then Davis’ provided some magic with a two-run shot down the right field. Cruz was able to homer straight after to get the Orioles to a 6-1 lead and put them in full control.
Davis then got to work with a solo homer off of reliever Jared Hughes and made it three homers for the night in the ninth with a two-run off of Jeanmar Gomez.
The 28-year-old, who signed for the O’s in 2011 from the Texas Rangers, improved his seasons stats to .257 with six homers and 20 RBIs.
This performance could go a long way in helping the Texan rediscover his dominant 2013 form.
Last season Davis became an All-Star, won the Silver Slugger award, became the AL home run and RBI champion as well as receiving the breakout hitter of the year award.
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