Chris Davis speaks on HR milestone
It was fitting that Chris Davis’ 50th home run sent the Orioles to a win.
Davis tied Brady Anderson’s club record with his 50th home run in the eighth inning and pushed the Orioles to a 5-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on Friday night.
The Orioles entered the game 2 ½ games behind Tampa Bay in the race for the second Wild Card. It broke the Orioles' three-game losing streak.
They fell behind 3-0 on a two-run home run by Adam Lind in the fourth, his 20th and a solo shot by Colby Rasmus in the fifth. Both were hit off Jason Hammel, who started for the first time since July 28.
Hammel, who has not won in his last 11 starts, had been out due to a strained right forearm.
Davis joins Babe Ruth and Albert Belle as the only players to hit 50 homers and 40 doubles in a season.
Todd Redmond, who was with the Orioles for much of spring training, baffled them for the first six innings, limited them to two singles.
Adam Jones doubled in the seventh and after he moved to third on Nick Markakis’ infield out, Dustin McGowan replaced Redmond.
J.J. Hardy doubled to score Jones. Ryan Flaherty walked, and with two outs, Steve Clevenger doubled to tie the score at 3.
Clevenger, the Baltimore native, who was starting for the first time with the Orioles (78-69), hadn’t played since he was recalled on Sept. 1.
Steve Delabar (5-4) took the loss. He gave up Davis’ home run and
Danny Valencia’s single, which scored Jones with the fifth run.
Hammel, who last won on May 27, allowed three runs on three hits in five innings.
Toronto (67-80) could do little against Tommy Hunter (5-4), who pitched 1 2/3 innings, allowing just one hit.
Jim Johnson pitched the ninth for his 44th save.
NOTE: Anderson’s 50th home run, hit in 1996, was also hit in Toronto.