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While Chris Davis helped the Baltimore Orioles win by ending a season-high homerless drought in their series opener against the Houston Astros, the slugger only masked another poor offensive performance.

Baltimore looks to break through at the plate Wednesday night when it faces former Oriole Erik Bedard and the visiting Astros.

Davis hit his major league-leading 38th home run, a two-run shot in the sixth inning, as the Orioles (59-48) rallied from a three-run deficit to win 4-3 on Tuesday.

After going 3 for 22 with no extra-base hits over his previous six games and homerless in a season-high 10 straight, Davis was 1 for 2 with two walks. He's 6 for 16 (.375) when facing Houston (35-70) this season.

Still, he extended his run of games with a strikeout to 23, the longest streak in Orioles history.

"It's not like I felt terrible," Davis said. "I've been way too aggressive on balls out of the zone. ... That was my goal, just to be a little more patient. It obviously paid off."

Davis' home run was one of three hits for Baltimore. The slumping Orioles have produced 19 runs while hitting 6 for 41 (.146) with runners in scoring position during a 2-5 stretch.

They will attempt to get back on track at the plate and beat Houston for the 10th time in 11 meetings.

Bedard (3-8, 4.28 ERA), who spent 2002-07 with Baltimore, has lost five straight starts despite posing a 3.86 ERA. He's received six runs of support over that span.

The left-hander worked five innings, allowing one run and three hits in a 4-0 loss at Toronto on Thursday.

"He's been doing a great job of really attacking guys," catcher Jason Castro said. "He's got very good stuff, he's got a ton of movement on his pitches."

Bedard, however, hasn't pitched well against his former team, going 1-1 with a 5.54 ERA in six starts. He was tagged for seven runs and eight hits in 3 1-3 innings in his last trip to Baltimore, a 12-6 loss June 14, 2012, while with Pittsburgh.

Adam Jones has six hits, including a pair of doubles, in 12 at-bats against Bedard, while Matt Wieters is 5 for 11 with two homers. Wieters, though, is hitless in 13 at-bats over his last four games.

Baltimore's Miguel Gonzalez (8-4, 3.69) looks to bounce back from his worst start of the season after going 6-1 with a 2.35 ERA over an eight-start stretch. He did not strike out a batter for the first time in 33 career starts and allowed a season-high six runs over 4 2-3 innings in a 7-1 loss at Kansas City on Thursday.

"It's just a tough one," Gonzalez said. "I had to battle and it didn't work out."

The right-hander might be able to start another positive stretch back at Camden Yards, where he's 5-0 with a 3.78 ERA in eight starts - all Baltimore victories.

Gonzalez gave up one run and five hits over six innings in a 3-1 road win over the Astros on June 6.

This time, he'll face a Houston team that has batted .219 and averaged 9.7 strikeouts while dropping 21 of 26.

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