Chris Davis hits 2 homers as Orioles drop Blue Jays; Toronto's lead down to half-game
TORONTO — Another two-homer game by Baltimore slugger Chris Davis gave him a spot in the Orioles record book.
Davis hit two home runs to take the major-league lead with 40, Matt Wieters and Adam Jones both connected and Baltimore beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-2 on Friday night.
"This was a big win for us," Davis said. "(Toronto) is playing well, they're obviously at the top of the division, making a run for it. It was big for us to come in here and have the kind of game that we had."
Toronto's lead atop the AL East shrank to one-half game as the second-place New York Yankees beat Tampa Bay 5-2.
Ubaldo Jimenez (10-9) pitched 5 2/3 innings for the victory as the Orioles won consecutive games for the first time since beating Oakland on Aug. 16-17.
Davis opened the scoring by leading off the second inning with a second-deck drive to right, then broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run shot in the sixth. Both homers came off Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison.
"The last thing you want is for that guy to hit the ball in the air," Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin said of Davis. "He's so strong."
The home runs were the 39th and 40th of the season for Davis, moving him past Seattle's Nelson Cruz. Davis, who hit 53 homers in 2013, is the first player in Orioles history to hit 40 or more in multiple seasons. He called it "a humbling feeling" to reach the mark.
"There's a lot of great players who have come through Baltimore," manager Buck Showalter said. "That's quite a feat. That's impressive."
It was the sixth multihomer game this season for Davis and the 13th of his career. He hit two home runs against Tampa Bay on Wednesday, including a game-winning blast in the 11th inning.
Luke Scott was the last Baltimore player with consecutive multihomer games, doing it against Detroit on May 28 and 29, 2009.
Wieters followed Davis' second homer with a drive of his own. It was the fourth time this season Baltimore has hit back-to-back homers. Davis has been involved all four times.
Blue Jays left fielder Ben Revere leaped to try to catch Wieters' drive but instead pushed the ball over the wall.
"It's been a while since I hit one, so I'll take any help I can get right now," said Wieter, whose last homer was Aug. 7.
Including the two homers, Baltimore recorded six straight hits to start the sixth, which began with a single by Jones.
After Davis and Wieters homered, Jonathan Schoop doubled, Jimmy Paredes chased Hutchison with a single and Steve Pearce hit an infield single off Liam Hendriks. One out later, Manny Machado hit a sacrifice fly.
"They've got a powerful lineup over there," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "If you don't pitch well, they can pound you."
Hutchison (13-3) allowed six runs and nine hits in five-plus innings, losing at home for just the second time in 15 starts this season. The right-hander, 4-0 in his previous four home outings, hadn't lost at Rogers Centre since May 20 against the Los Angeles Angels.
Josh Donaldson hit a sacrifice fly for Toronto, boosting his MLB-leading RBI total to 112.
Orioles outfielder Gerardo Parra hit a two-run double off Bo Schultz in the eighth. Jones, who had been hit by a pitch from Ryan Tepera in his previous at-bat, followed with a two-run homer to center, his 25th.
ORIOLES ADD TWO
Baltimore recalled OF Junior Lake and RHP Jorge Rondon from Triple-A Norfolk.
GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION
Donaldson's 112 RBIs are the most ever by a Blue Jays player in his first season with the team. Paul Molitor drove in 111 runs for Toronto in 1993.
Orioles: Showalter said SS J.J. Hardy (left groin) should rejoin the team before Tuesday's game against the Yankees in New York.
Blue Jays: RHP Marcus Stroman (left knee) returned to Toronto to throw a bullpen session. Stroman, who pitched 4 2/3 hitless innings at Class-A Lansing on Wednesday, will start at Triple-A Buffalo on Monday. Gibbons said Toronto could use Stroman in a six-man rotation down the stretch.
Orioles: RHP Mike Wright (2-3, 4.99 ERA) was activated off the 15-day DL on Friday to start Saturday in place of RHP Miguel Gonzalez, who was placed on the 15-day DL on Friday with shoulder tendinitis. Showalter said Wright will be limited to around 60 pitches. It will be Wright's first start since June 19, when he allowed four runs and walked four in 1 1/3 innings in a 5-4 loss at Toronto.
Blue Jays: LHP David Price (13-5, 2.47 ERA) looks to rebound from his first loss in six starts with Toronto and his first defeat in 12 career starts at Rogers Centre, where he's 8-1. Price allowed three runs and six hits over seven innings against Cleveland on Monday.