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Orioles 7, Rockies 2

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BALTIMORE -- Baltimore's Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 45th home run and Adam Jones also went deep, leading the Orioles to a 7-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.

With the win, the Orioles took the three-game series and carry some much-needed momentum heading into a pivotal matchup against division rival and fellow playoff contender Tampa Bay on Monday.

Baltimore's Scott Feldman (3-3), who entered the game with a 7.66 ERA in four starts at Oriole Park, allowed two runs on five hits with three strikeouts and two walks over 6 2/3 innings. He picked up his first victory since July 22.

Davis went 4-for-5, while Brian Roberts picked up two hits and had a couple of key RBIs in the seventh. Jones went 3-for-5 and became just the second Orioles outfielder with three 25-home run seasons, joining Frank Robinson, who did it twice.

Colorado starter Jhoulys Chacin (11-7) allowed three runs and tied a season high with nine hits over 5 1/3 innings. He also had five strikeouts and three walks.

Orioles backup second baseman Alexi Casilla got his first RBI since July 6 with a single in the second, providing a 1-0 lead. Jones then added a two-run cushion with a two-out, two run homer to center in the third.

Baltimore had several chances to add to the lead against Chacin, but went just 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position and stranded seven runners against him.

The Rockies, meanwhile, struggled against Feldman, who thew two wild pitches in the sixth but still managed to strand a runner at third by striking out Troy Tulowitzki and getting a pop out from Michael Cuddyer.

Rockies first baseman Todd Helton served as the designated hitter for just the second time in his career and doubled in the sixth, eventually scoring on a Charlie Blackman double. A grounder by Yorvit Torrealba later that inning cut the margin to 3-2, ending Norris' day.

Baltimore, however, increased the lead to 5-2 on a two-RBI single by Roberts in the eighth. Davis put the game away with a two-run shot in the eighth.

Notes: Maryland football coach Randy Edsall attended Sunday's game at Orioles Park with his entire team. ... SS J.J. Hardy was held out of the starting lineup for the second consecutive day against the Rockies after experiencing back spasms prior to Saturday's game. ... Rockies' C Wilin Rosario got the day off Sunday against the Orioles after dealing with hamstring cramps earlier in the week. ... RHP Roy Oswalt did not report any problems with his left hamstring strain after throwing about 50 pitches in a bullpen session Saturday.
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