After hitting five homers over the past three games -- including two in Friday night's 10-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays -- Orioles first baseman Chris Davis became the first player in franchise history to record multiple 40-homer seasons.
"It means a lot," Davis said after Friday's game. "I really don't focus a whole lot on personal goals. My goal is to come in here every day and do what I can to help the team win. There have obviously been a lot of great players who have come through this organization. So, to be the first one, it's a good feeling, it's a humbling feeling, but the season's not over."
Said Orioles manager Buck Showalter: "There were a lot of great players to come through Baltimore. That is quite a feat. That's impressive."
Davis is also now one of just six players in Orioles history to have a 40-homer, 100-RBI season. He's the only one to have two.
Player, Year, HR, RBIs Chris Davis, 2013, 53, 138 Brady Anderson, 1996, 50, 110 Frank Robinson, 1966, 49, 122 Jim Gentile, 1961, 46, 141 Rafael Palmeiro, 1998, 43, 142 Nelson Cruz, 2014, 40, 108 Chris Davis*, 2015, 40, 100
*Through 134 games
"I think you are going to see those things harder and harder to reach, if you look at the game the last two or three years," Showalter said. "Not as many of those guys floating around anymore. … I get a good seat for it every night. I know the potential and the contact-to-damage ratio."
But it's interesting to see that three of those seasons have come in the past three years, with Davis accomplishing it in 2013 and Cruz reaching those marks last year.
-- After all the bad breaks the Orioles have experienced over the past two weeks -- all the bloop hits and chalk-raising balls down the foul lines, the homers hitting foul poles -- the team finally caught a break on Matt Wieters' solo homer in the sixth Friday.
Immediately after Davis hit his second homer of the night to give the Orioles a 4-2 lead, Wieters sent a ball the opposite way to deep left field. Blue Jays left fielder Ben Revere jumped for the ball at the wall, but it ended up deflecting off his glove and over the fence for a home run.
"When that happened, I went, 'It's about time one of those things happened,'" Showalter said. "We've had people the last few weeks jumping over fences and hitting chalk lines. Everybody kind of went, 'Wow, that happens for us, too.' He hit it well. I don't know if he would have caught it. Would it have gone out anyway?"
Showalter was told it probably wouldn't have gone out.
"Well God bless us then," he said. "We deserve that."
Davis was jumping around the Orioles dugout like a little kid after seeing Wieters' ball go over.
"I feel like every ball that drops in the infield [is a hit] -- [Kevin] Pillar had another one tonight and I'm like, 'Here we go again.' So to see one like that, you never want to laugh at a player, but Jose Canseco, everybody remembers [the ball going off his head and over the fence]," Davis said. "The guy was obviously trying to make a great play and I've seen their outfielders do it all year. In that instance, it was just kind of funny because it was the first time that I feel like things have gone our way -- and he turned a double into a home run."
Wieters admitted he needed that break as well. It was his first RBI in 17 games and his first homer since Aug. 8.
-- Before Friday's game, Showalter downplayed the bad blood between the Orioles and Blue Jays, and Friday's game came and went without incident. But both teams were warned after Adam Jones was hit by a Ryan Tepera pitch in the seventh inning.
Showalter came out of the dugout wanting to know why his team was getting warned for being hit, but after the game, he said he understood the situation.
"I understand what their thinking is and what is perceived," Showalter said. "It's kind of strange that someone gets hit on your team and you get a warning. … They weren't throwing at him. I think four of their guys tonight hadn't pitched in four of five days. Every time someone gets with a pitch, it's not intentional. Trust me."
-- Ubaldo Jimenez recorded his 10th win of the season Friday, his most since winning 13 in 2013 with the Cleveland Indians. Despite getting the win -- he was winless in his four previous starts -- Jimenez has now allowed eight or more hits in four of his past five starts and has failed to go six innings in each of his past five starts. Jimenez has gone 5 2/3 innings in each of his past three starts.
-- Designated hitter Jimmy Paredes, who was 2-for-4 hitting out of the No. 7 spot Friday, had his first multi-hit games since July 31 against the Detroit Tigers.
-- Jonathan Schoop's sixth-inning double was his 13th of the season. Twenty-four of Schoop's 62 hits this season have been for extra bases.