Davis reaches 30 homers in Orioles' win

Jeff Seidel, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

BALTIMORE -- The numbers Orioles first baseman Chris Davis has posted one game past the halfway point of the 2013 season would satisfy most players for a full season.
Davis now has 30 homers and 79 RBIs after 82 games after he hit two home runs and drove in five runs on Saturday night in Baltimore's 11-3 victory over the New York Yankees at Camden Yards.
Davis belted a three-run shot and a two-run homer to help the Orioles hand the New York Yankees their fourth straight loss.
He also has a .333 batting average in a season that has been amazing from the start. Davis entered this game leading the major leagues in homers and was second in RBIs, behind only Detroit's Miguel Cabrera. Davis also is second behind Cabrera in average and finished this game 2-for-3 with the five RBIs and three runs scored.
"I'm not going out there trying to hit home runs," Davis said. "I'm just trying to put good swings on good pitches. I think that's the biggest thing."
Davis posted a career high with 33 homers last year, and he is just three from reaching that goal. His 30 homers tie Brady Anderson (1996) for most homers by an Oriole before the All-Star break. .
"Chris knows what we think of him, how proud we are of the year he's having," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "He's not satisfied. He wants to continue to contribute at a high level for his teammates."
Davis has found plenty of success against the Yankees this season. He's now hitting .393 (11-for-28) with four homers and eight RBIs in eight games.
"You can't make mistakes," New York manager Joe Girardi said. "We made two mistakes with two curveballs tonight. We left them up in the zone, and he hit them both out."
The Orioles (46-36) finished with a number of big hits in the game and 15 overall in their third straight win. They knocked New York starter David Phelps (5-5) out of the game with nine runs and nine hits against him in 2 1/3 innings.
Ryan Flaherty hit a three-run homer off Phelps, who also gave up a two-run single to Chris Dickerson. The Orioles scored four in the first, five in the third and two in the sixth to remove the suspense from the game against the struggling Yankees (42-38).
"I was thinking back and three of the curveballs accounted for seven runs," Phelps said. "The home run to Davis and the home run to Flaherty, they were just sitting on a tee right there for them."
Orioles starter Zach Britton (2-2) got the win, going 5 2/3 innings and allowing two runs and six hits. He blanked the Yankees until they got sixth-inning runs on a Zoilo Almonte sacrifice fly and a Davis error.
Jair Jurrjens, called up earlier in the day from Triple-A Norfolk, gave Baltimore a strong effort in relief of Britton. The right-hander threw 2 1/3 shutout innings.
The Orioles got off to a good start when Manny Machado and Nick Markakis got back-to-back one-out singles in the first inning. Adam Jones then drove in Machado with a single.
Davis followed with his three-run homer to left. He blasted a 2-1 pitch from Phelps into the Baltimore bullpen to give the Orioles a 4-0 lead.
The Orioles batted around in the first, posting the four runs and six hits, and they scored five times in the third.
Baltimore loaded the bases with one out in the third before Dickerson lined a two-run single to center. Flaherty followed with a long three-run homer to right that ended Phelps' night and gave the Orioles a 9-0 lead.
Flaherty will lose the second base job when Brian Roberts returns, which appears to be Sunday, but has raised his batting average 69 points this month to .215.
"I've been getting into better counts, and I've been positioning myself to have some more success," Flaherty said. "I've been laying off some pitches that I might have been swinging at before."
NOTES: The Orioles recalled Jurrjens to give them some bullpen depth. To make room for him on the roster, infielder Travis Ishikawa was designated for assignment. ... The home run for Davis was his first hit against Phelps. Davis came into this game 0-for-7 in his career against the New York right-hander. ... Girardi's next win will be the 600th of his career. He won 78 with the Marlins and has 521 victories with New York.

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