ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Chris Davis show continued Thursday at Tropicana Field as he powered the Baltimore Orioles to a 6-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in the final game of their season-opening series.
Baltimore improved to 2-1 as Davis went 2-for-3 with a double, home run and four RBIs. Davis, who has 10 homers in his last 10 regular season games, left the series batting .636 with a MLB-best three homers and 11 RBIs.
Davis' two-run double -- his third of the season -- in the sixth inning gave the Orioles a 4-2 lead. Nick Markakis drew a one-out walk against Roberto Hernandez to start the rally and took second on an Adam Jones single, one of his three hits in the game. The left-handed Davis lined a gapper against an exaggerated shift to left-center to score both.
Hernandez (0-1) allowed six earned runs on six hits with seven strikeouts in 6.2 innings. Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez (1-0) allowed two runs on five hits in 6.1 innings.
J.J. Hardy hit his first homer of the season in the eighth, a two-run blast to left off Cesar Ramos that scored Matt Wieters.
Tampa Bay countered in the ninth with an Evan Longoria run-scoring hit off the wall against closer Jim Johnson, but Longoria was called out for passing Ben Zobrist on the base path, stunting the rally.