BALTIMORE — For the second straight night, the Baltimore Orioles gathered at home plate for a water-spraying, hand-slapping celebration.
It just doesn’t get much better than that for a team chasing a playoff berth.
Chris Davis hit two home runs, the second a tiebreaking shot with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning off switch-pitcher Pat Venditte, to give the Orioles a 4-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday night.
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Davis connected on a 2-2 offering from Venditte (0-1), the first ambidextrous pitcher in the majors since 1995. Venditte was recalled from Triple-A Nashville before the game for his second stint with Oakland this season.
Less than 24 hours earlier, Manny Machado hit the game-winner in the 13th inning for an 8-6 win.
"Really fun," Davis said. "Any time you’re winning it’s a lot of fun, especially when you do it the way we’ve done it the last couple nights, walking off."
Davis earlier homered with a man on to start Baltimore’s comeback from a 3-0 deficit. The slugger has 34 home runs — six in his last six games — and leads the majors with 88 RBIs.
Gerardo Parra also homered for the Orioles, who are pressing New York and Toronto in the AL East hunt and closing the gap on the Los Angeles Angels in the AL wild-card chase.
Gonzalez’s up-and-down outing was on full display in the middle innings. He walked the bases loaded with one out in the fifth before Billy Butler bounced into a 5-4-3 double play. In the sixth, the right-hander struck out the side.
In the Baltimore sixth, Parra knotted the score with a drive that barely cleared the scoreboard in right field.
ON THE DEFENSIVE
Athletics: Fuld started a slick double play in the seventh with a great running catch near the left-field line. "We probably get spoiled by the defense," manager Bob Melvin said.
Orioles: Parra threw out Butler trying to extend a fourth-inning single, Baltimore’s 35th outfield assist of the season.
Athletics: RHP Sonny Gray (back spasms) threw 25 pitches in the bullpen "and felt good," Melvin said. If Gray isn’t stiff or sore on Sunday, he will likely start Monday. … 3B Danny Valencia was scratched because of back and hamstring tightness. He expects to return Sunday.
Orioles: C Matt Wieters’ ailing right hamstring "is coming along," manager Buck Showalter said, adding, "Hopefully we can stay away from the DL." Wieters hasn’t played since Tuesday.
Athletics: Kendall Graveman (6-8, 3.89 ERA) seeks to break a career-high, four-game losing streak Sunday.
Orioles: Wei-Yin Chen (6-6, 3.21) is 4-0 with a 2.19 ERA lifetime against Oakland.