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Davis sets another Orioles home run record, pads franchise mark

The Boston Red Sox beat up the Orioles pretty harshly Friday night, winning, 12-3.

But Orioles first baseman Chris Davis continued to make club history.

Davis homered in the sixth inning against Boston right-hander Clay Buchholz for his 53rd of the season.

That pads his single-season franchise record; he also set the mark for most home runs in a season in Baltimore with his 28th at Camden Yards in 2013. Hall of Famer Frank Robinson had 27 in 1966 at Memorial Stadium.

Strangely, Davis is currently all by himself in 26th place for most homers in an MLB season. No player has ever ended a season with 53 homers. Six had 52, and seven had 54. None have had 55, either.

Putting Davis’ mark in recent baseball perspective: It’s just the sixth time since 2002 — the year after Barry Bonds set the major league mark with 73 home runs — that a player has hit at least 53 in a season.

Here’s the list:

Ryan Howard, 58, 2006
Alex Rodriguez, 57, 2002
Jose Bautista, 54, 2010
Alex Rodriguez, 54, 2007
David Ortiz, 54, 2006
Chris Davis, 53, 2013

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