Davis con­trib­utes as Ori­oles top Bosox

Picks up three hits to end hit­less streak

The Buffalo News - - BASEBALL - By Jon Me­oli

BOSTON – If hit­ting is con­ta­gious, ku­dos to the rest of the Baltimore Ori­oles for fi­nally hav­ing some­thing for Chris Davis to catch.

The be­lea­guered first base­man notched his first hit of the sea­son in the first in­ning and was one of five Ori­oles with a mul­ti­hit game Satur­day as they broke out against for­mer Cy Young Award win­ner Rick Por­cello. The re­sult­ing 9-5 win over the Boston Red Sox on a beau­ti­ful Fen­way Park af­ter­noon snapped the Ori­oles’ four-game los­ing streak.

Davis’ first-in­ning sin­gle with the bases loaded gave the Ori­oles (6-9) a 2-0 lead and broke a 54-at-bat stretch with­out a hit dat­ing to 2018.

Davis nearly ended the streak with a pinch-hit op­por­tu­nity in the ninth in­ning Fri­day night. But he didn’t leave it to chance Satur­day, draw­ing ap­plause from the crowd at Fen­way Park.

Once he was safe at first base, Davis tipped his hel­met to the Ori­oles’ dugout. In­fielder Jonathan Vil­lar had hopped the rail­ing and was cel­e­brat­ing on the dirt in front of the dugout. Davis mo­tioned as if he wanted the base­ball.

It ended a record-set­ting streak in a mean­ing­ful way for an of­fense that has strug­gled to get go­ing early in games this week.

They loaded the bases again in the sec­ond but didn’t score, and after An­drew Cash­ner al­lowed a tworun home run to No. 9 hit­ter Chris­tian Vazquez in the third, the Ori­oles started scor­ing in bunches. Davis dou­bled with two on and no­body out in the fifth in­ning for his sec­ond hit of the game and his third RBI, then added a fourth RBI on a force­out to cap a four-run sixth.

With two more runs in the sev­enth, the Ori­oles made their margin com­fort­able for their bullpen. Their sea­son high was 12 runs in Mon­day’s win over the Oak­land Ath­let­ics, co­in­ci­den­tally the pre­vi­ous time Cash­ner pitched. That’s what hap­pens when so many play­ers con­trib­ute the way they did Satur­day.

Jonathan Vil­lar reached base four times on two walks and two sin­gles, and scored twice. His sin­gle to open the ninth in­ning made it six straight in­nings in which the Ori­oles had the lead­off man on.

Trey Mancini had a dou­ble, a sin­gle and scored twice. Dwight Smith Jr. walked three times and scored twice, while Re­nato Nunez and Rio Ruiz had two sin­gles apiece.

Cash­ner didn’t win his third game un­til July 27 last sea­son, but needed only un­til his fourth start of 2019 to ac­com­plish that with five-plus in­nings of three-hit, three-run ball against the Red Sox.

The third in­ning, in which he al­lowed the home run to Vazquez, was the anom­aly on the day, though it made for 15 games in a row in which the Ori­oles al­lowed a home run, one shy of the ma­jor league record.

He’d need 28 pitches for two hit­less in­nings to start the game, then had a la­bo­ri­ous 30-pitch third in­ning. He needed 18 pitches to get through the next two in­nings be­fore Boston turned over their lineup a third time and chased him with a dou­ble and a sin­gle to start the sixth.

His third run scored when Jimmy Ya­cabo­nis cleaned up a two-on, noout mess with a dou­ble play.

Ya­cabo­nis al­lowed two runs on a dou­ble by Vazquez in the sev­enth, and Tan­ner Scott had a tense time fin­ish­ing that in­ning off.

But after he re­tired the first bat­ter of the eighth and al­lowed a one­out sin­gle, My­chal Givens came on in his most tra­di­tional de­ploy­ment of the sea­son to strike out two in the eighth and two more in a score­less ninth.

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