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PITTSBURGH - It was the night Chris Davis had been waiting for. The season's early weeks had been a nightmare, a trip to the disabled list and lots of bad swings.

On Tuesday night, it all changed.

Davis belted three home runs to lead the Baltimore Orioles to a 9-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates before 22,787 at PNC Park on Tuesday night.

Entering the game, Davis who missed 15 days because of a strained oblique, had just three home runs. He hit one in the fifth, seventh and ninth off three different Pittsburgh pitchers.

Earlier in the day, he called his wife, Jill, who's due to deliver the couple's first child later this month and told her, "I'm just going to start over. I'm going to start the season over today, and that's kind of what I did."

His first off Francisco Liriano (0-4) was a two-run shot. He added a solo homer off Jared Hughes and a third one, another two-run homer off Jeanmar Gomez in the ninth. Davis now has six.

"It was a frustrating game Sunday against Kansas City, I felt like I had some good pitches to hit and I rolled over everything and was really frustrated. So I got here early today and worked on some stuff in early batting practice," Davis said.

"Sometimes it just clicks for you and today was one of those days."

Manager Buck Showalter knew that it was unlikely Davis would be able to equal his 53 home runs of last season.

"He had a big night for us tonight. We all know he's capable of that, but not on that level. That's pretty special," Showalter said.

"He certainly has the respect of everybody and I think it's obvious because of how he plays the game."

Pittsburgh (18-26) scored a run in the third on consecutive singles by Josh Harrison, Neil Walker and Andrew McCutchen against Miguel Gonzalez (2-3).

Gonzalez even got to hit three times in the Orioles' first road interleague game of the season. He especially enjoyed Davis' power.

"It's fun. He's been struggling a little at the plate, but I'm happy we got all those runs and run support. Our defense was great. So, I thought we played a great game overall," Gonzalez said.

Baltimore took a 2-1 lead off Liriano in the fourth. With one out, Davis reached on an infield single. Nelson Cruz walked and J.J. Hardy singled to drive in Davis. Jonathan Schoop's single loaded the bases, and Caleb Joseph's bases-loaded walk brought Cruz in.

In the fourth, the Orioles scored four more runs. Manny Machado led off with a single. Adam Jones, who has a 14-game hitting streak, doubled to score Machado. Davis hit a home run to right field, his fourth, and Cruz followed with his 13th of the season.

It was the second time Baltimore hit back-to-back shots, and they had a 6-1 lead.

"I said early on, I felt like at least I was getting on base, seeing a lot of pitches. I knew that it would pay off. But I know what my role is in the lineup and it felt good to go out there tonight and kind of earn my paycheck," Davis said.

Gonzalez allowed a leadoff home run to Ike Davis in the seventh, and came out.

In six-plus innings, Gonzalez allowed two runs on seven hits. He struck out seven and walked none.

Tommy Hunter, Zach Britton and Darren O'Day got the last nine outs.

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