MLB: Chris Davis hits 50th homer as Orioles top Jays

Chris Davis’s solo homer in the eighth inning placed him in elite company.
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Chris Davis’s solo homer in the eighth inning placed him in elite company.

Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 50th home run, a tiebreaking solo shot in the eighth inning in Toronto, and the Baltimore Orioles erased a 3-0 deficit to beat the Blue Jays, 5-3, on Friday night, snapping a three-game losing streak.

Davis became the 27th major leaguer to join the 50-homer club, and the first since Jose Bautista in 2010. Davis led off the eighth with a blast to center off All-Star reliever Steve Delabar, connecting on a 2-and-2 pitch.

The drive matched Brady Anderson’s 1996 Orioles record and made Davis just the third player in major league history with 50 homers and 40 doubles in the same season. The others were Babe Ruth (1921) and Albert Belle (1995).


Adam Jones followed Davis’s milestone blast with an infield hit and, two outs later, moved up on Ryan Flaherty’s walk before scoring on Danny Valencia’s single.

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Tommy Hunter (5-4) worked 1 innings for the win and Jim Johnson finished for his 44th save in 53 chances.

Delabar (5-4) allowed two runs and three hits in one inning, losing his second straight appearance. The righthander also lost to the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday.

Adam Lind hit a two-run home run and Colby Rasmus returned from the disabled list with a solo shot, but the Blue Jays suffered their fourth straight defeat.

Nationals 6, Phillies 1 — Wilson Ramos homered and drove in three runs, Ross Ohlendorf pitched five innings in place of Stephen Strasburg, and host Washington beat Philadelphia for its seventh straight victory.


Ian Desmond had two hits and two RBIs, and Ryan Zimmerman (3 for 4) hit a solo homer and scored three runs for Washingtoni by 5½ games for the final NL wild card.

Rays 3, Twins 0 — Chris Archer pitched six scoreless innings and visiting Tampa Bay added to its slim wild-card lead by beating Minnesota.

Cardinals 2, Mariners 1 — Pete Kozma scored on catcher Mike Zunino’s passed ball with the bases loaded and two outs in the 10th inning, and host St. Louis reclaimed the NL Central lead with its victory over Seattle.

Tigers 6, Royals 3 — Prince Fielder homered and drove in three runs, and Justin Verlander pitched effectively into the seventh inning to lift Detroit over visiting Kansas City.

Athletics 9, Rangers 8 — Yoenis Cespedes hit a three-run homer in the first inning, and visiting Oakland survived a shaky night from the bullpen to extend its AL West lead with a victory over Texas.


Indians 3, White Sox 1 — Danny Salazar struck out nine in 3 innings, Ryan Raburn hit an RBI double, and Cleveland beat host Chicago for the 10th time in a row this season.

Astros 9, Angels 7 — Jose Altuve hit a three-run homer and Matt Dominguez’s grand slam powered a big fifth inning to give host Houston its fourth straight win.

Mets 4, Marlins 3 — Lucas Duda hit a three-run homer and host New York overcame two solo shots by Giancarlo Stanton, beating Miami behind Jonathon Niese.

Brewers 5, Reds 1 — Carlos Gomez went 3 for 4 with 5 RBIs and Kyle Lohse retired 23 consecutive batters and finished with a four-hitter, lifting host Milwaukee over Cincinnati.

Padres 4, Braves 3 — Chase Headley hit a tying homer and Logan Forsythe drove in the go-ahead run in visiting San Diego’s two-run eighth to spoil Braves rookie David Hale’s debut.

Rockies 7, Diamondbacks 5 — Wilin Rosario drove in four runs with a single and double and visiting Colorado beat Arizona.

Giants 4, Dodgers 2 — Hunter Pence hit a solo home run to deep right center in the eighth inning as San Francisco won in Los Angeles.

Cubs 5, Pirates 4 — Anthony Rizzo hit a towering, go-ahead, two-run homer off Jason Grilli in the seventh inning and Chicago rallied to victory in Pittsburgh.