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Orioles observations on Chris Davis getting robbed again, Kevin Gausman's struggles

Chris Davis has grown far too accustomed to being robbed of home runs this season.

First baseman Chris Davis was yet again robbed of a home run Friday night -- this takeaway coming with two outs in the ninth inning of the Orioles’ 7-0 loss to the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

It has been an all-too-common occurrence, marking the fifth time this season that Davis has had a home run taken away by an over-the-fence catch.

Technically, he should have 48 homers this season instead of 43.

Life’s not always fair, but opponents’ penchant for taking away Davis' long balls is downright strange.

Boston left-hander Rich Hill’s complete-game shutout bid was preserved by Mookie Betts’ sensational catch on Davis’ fly ball to deep right field on the final play of the game.

Davis rocketed a shot that appeared headed into the Red Sox bullpen for his 44th homer of the season, but Betts extended his body over the low right-field fence, using his right hand to prevent him from falling over and brought Davis’ ball back in the yard for the final out.

Davis has become used to it:

-- On July 4, Chicago White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia reached over the right-field fence at U.S. Cellular Field to take away a game-tying solo homer from Davis in the ninth inning in Chicago’s 3-2 win.

-- On July 5, White Sox left fielder J.B. Shuck extended his arm over the left field fence at U.S. Cellular Field to take away a two-run homer from Davis.

-- On July 17, Detroit Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez made a running catch over the right-field wall to steal what would have been a game-tying two-run homer in the third inning.

-- On Aug. 17, Oakland Athletics center fielder Billy Burns reached high over the center-field fence at Camden Yards to take away a solo home run from Davis in the seventh inning.

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Following Friday’s loss, right-hander Kevin Gausman was visibly frustrated with his poor outing, saying that he let his team down in a big game.

All three of Gausman’s walks -- including two that led off the inning -- ended up scoring. The first two runs scored off Gausman came with two outs in the inning, including one in the third after he struck out the first two hitters in the inning.

“He's going to be a good one and he'll learn from it, but I know it's frustrating for him," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "He gets out of his delivery for a few pitches and next thing you know he's painted himself in a corner. He's got 40 pitches almost after two innings and he really takes away some nights where he could go a lot deeper if he could economize some of that stuff. And he has done it sometimes when he's followed [pitching coach Dave Wallace’s] lead on a couple things, but he gets away from it and just goes into power pitching and that doesn't always work up here."

Gausman will likely only have one more start this season, and while he’s shown flashes of his immense talent, he’s just 3-7 with a 4.49 ERA this season.

“It’s been a struggle for me, going on the DL for the first time is something I never expected, but that’s baseball,” Gausman said. “You have to deal with those things, but it’s been a roller-coaster ride. I’ve pitched well at times, but when it comes down to it, I haven’t been good with runners on base, giving up way too many two-strike hits.”

Gausman has received the least run support of the team’s main regular five starters, going into Friday’s start with just 1.67 runs per start, so he’s often found himself working from behind.

“Well, we haven’t scored a lot of runs for him,” catcher Caleb Joseph said. “What does success mean? Does it mean wins? This is a young pitcher, still. This guy shot up through the minor leagues really quick. He’s got unbelievable stuff. There’s a balance between throwing and pitching, and for the most part, he pitched tonight. I thought he made a lot of really good pitches, and he made just a few mistakes. Sometimes that’s what costs you. You never know. What if we score two or three runs? You just never know.”

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