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Orioles right fielder Chris Davis homers in fifth straight game

By Eduardo A. Encina

The Baltimore Sun

1:19 AM EDT, October 2, 2012

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.

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Orioles right fielder Chris Davis continued his recent tear at the plate Monday night in the Orioles' 5-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.

Davis' two-run homer in the ninth off Rays reliever Kyle Farnsworth, his career-high 32nd of the season, was his sixth homer in five games. He's now homered in five consecutive games, the first Oriole to accomplish the feat since Melvin Mora on Sept. 30, 2005 to April 5, 2006.

It's also largest consecutive-game homer streak in the same season since Reggie Jackson homered in six straight games on July 18-23, 1976.

The only other major league players to homer in five straight games over the past two years are White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski (July 30-Aug. 5, 2012), Rangers catcher Mike Napoli (April 15-21, 2012) and White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko (June  17-21, 2011).

Davis' homer did have its share of controversy. His ball hit the C-ring of the Trop's catwalk and was ruled a two-run homer initially, then upheld after an umpire gathering. If a ball hits the bottom two rings of the catwalk -- the C-ring or D-ring -- in fair play, it is a home run.

Earlier in the day, Davis was named the American League Co-Player of the Week, along with Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander. Over his last 10 games, Davis is hitting .444 (16-for-36) with six homers, two doubles, four walks and 12 RBIs.