Davis, O’s offense breaks out in Beantown.
Boston — The wait is over. After not recording a hit in his last 54 at-bats, a major league record dating back to last season, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis broke out with three hits and four RBIs, leading Baltimore to a 9-5 win over the Red Sox, Saturday afternoon.
Davis wasted no time. With two outs and the bases loaded in the top of the 1st, Davis dropped a single into right field off Boston starter Rick Porcello (L, 0-3) to give the O’s an early 2-0 lead.
Red Sox catcher Christian Vasquez knotted the game in the bottom of the 3rd with a two-run homer off Orioles start Andrew Cashner (W, 3-1).
Davis would answer in the top of the 5th with and RBI double off right-hander Health Hembree, who relieved Porcello to face Davis, recapturing the lead, 3-2.
Baltimore then opened things up in the top of the 6th. Right hander Colton Brewer replaced Hembree to start the inning and promptly issued two walks and a single to load the bases.
Subsequent singles by designated hitter Renato Nunez and third baseman Rio Ruiz made it a 6-2 Orioles lead.
Even when Davis didn’t get a hit he was productive. His ground out in the top of the 6th plated the fourth run of the inning.
Cashner allowed the first two Red Sox to reach in the bottom of the 6th. Manager Brandon Hyde replaced Cashner with right hander Jimmy Yacabonis.
Yacabonis limited the damage, allowing only one run to score.
In the top of the 7th, Boston committed two errors resulting in two runs for the Birds.
Boston would get both those runs back in the bottom of the 7th on a two run double by Vasquez, who finished with four RBIs.
Left hander Tanner Scott got Baltimore out of the inning, and right hander Mychal Givens would come on with one out in the 8th. Givens recored five outs to finish things off.
With the win, the Orioles snap their four game losing streak and are now 6-9 on the young season.
The Orioles and Red Sox tangle again tomorrow afternoon in game three of the four-game series. Two left handers with take the hill as Baltimore’s John Means (1-1, 2.08) will opposed Boston’s David Price (0-1, 6.00).
First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 pm.