Carroll County Times

Davis' bomb leads Orioles to win

SAN DIEGO - Two days in San Diego. Two impressive wins for the Baltimore Orioles, and one mammoth home run from Chris Davis.
Davis hit one of the longest home runs ever seen in southern California, and the Orioles won going away on Wednesday afternoon, 10-3 over the Padres before 21,206 at Petco Park.
The game was tied 3-3 in the top of the eighth. Manny Machado and Adam Jones began the inning with singles, and then San Diego manager Bud Black put Colt Hynes in the game to face Davis.
One pitch, and Davis parked a three-run shot high into the right field stands, 453 feet away, and the Orioles had a 6-3 lead.
"I don't know if it was the longest one I've hit. It was one of the longer ones. It helped that the wind was blowing out a little. But in that situation, I'm looking for a pitch out over the plate that I can drive and try and be aggressive," Davis said.
Brian Roberts' sacrifice fly gave the Orioles another run in the eighth, and they added three more in the ninth for a lopsided win.
"Two wins. That's what's more important. Second half of the season, we need wins. We let them hang around a little bit and then in the eighth inning pulled away. It's all about wins. Personal success means nothing," Jones said.
Jones had a wonderful two days in his hometown, going 7-for-9, causing Davis to joke about him
"I got tired of seeing him get all the hits," Davis said.
Miguel Gonzalez was one pitch away from getting a win, but he allowed a three-run home run to Jedd Gyorko in the sixth.
Gonzalez allowed three runs on six hits in six innings, striking out eight and walking two, but left with a 3-all tie.
"When you're going five strong innings and you're going into the sixth inning and a guy gets a broken-bat base hit, it's a little frustrating when that happens, but I kept my team in the game and we played a good game overall," Gonzalez said.
Francisco Rodriguez (1-0) pitched the seventh for the win. Troy Patton and Darren O'Day closed it out.
Luke Gregerson (5-6) allowed the two singles to start the eighth, and Hynes was charged with two more runs.
J.J. Hardy's 19th home run gave Baltimore (63-51) a 1-0 lead in the second. In the fourth, Machado reached on an error by Gyorko. Jones singled, and Machado ended up scoring on center fielder Alexi Amarista's throwing error to make it 2-0.
In the fifth, Steve Pearce doubled, Brian Roberts singled and Gonzalez's bunt was muffed by San Diego (52-62) starter Erik Stults to load the bases. Machado's single gave the Orioles a 3-0 lead.
Gyorko's 10th home run tied it 3-3, and then the Orioles had some fun.
Davis' home run was tied for the second longest in the history of Petco Park.
"It was loud, but he's not picking on anybody. The thing about Chris is he's so lethal, he may have some bad at-bats, but you never think he's not a swing away from really doing something good for you," manager Buck Showalter said.
He has 41 home runs and 106 RBIs with 48 games remaining.
In the ninth, the Orioles scored three more on an infield out by Matt Wieters and a two-run single by Hardy, but everyone here will remember the huge home run.
"Anybody can hit a home run down by five, but the situation, the inning, and it was big. That was the game-winning home run," Jones said.
NOTES: Jason Hammel tried to throw before Tuesday's game, but his forearm still felt tight. He's not likely to be able to pitch when he's eligible to come off the disabled list on Aug. 13. "I can't predict the future, but as of right now, it doesn't look too good," Hammel said. ... Miguel Gonzalez and Darren O'Day both batted for the first time in the majors. Gonzalez flied to right and reached on a bunt. O'Day, who said he hadn't batted since 2002, struck out to end the ninth.