Davis drove in three runs - including the tying and go-ahead runs - as the Orioles rallied to beat Toronto 6-5 in front of 41,448 at Rogers Centre. It was a nice start to a challenging seven-game road trip that moves to Boston next after this four-game series.
Over his last 20 games coming into tonight, Davis was batting just .137 (10-for-73) with three homers. But tonight he went 2-for-3 with a homer and two sac flies. Davis’ 13th homer in the seventh inning tied the game 5-5 and his sac fly in the ninth off Jays closer Robert Osuna broke that tie. Trailing 5-3, Pedro Alvarez homered in the sixth to pull the Orioles within a run.
“Yeah it was nice to be the guy tonight,” Davis said. “I felt like the whole season I’ve been really having good at-bats, but just haven’t really been able to push through. It was nice to come through for the guys tonight.
“It is huge to get a win to start a road trip against two divisional opponents. I feel like we’ve been kind of rolling lately. Playing the game the right way and doing things that we work on day in and day out. That has been big for us.”
It was yet another comeback win for an Orioles team that has won eight of its last nine and five in a row to improve to 36-23. They trailed 4-1 after two innings and 5-3 after the fourth.
“I think that has been our brand of baseball for the last few years,” Davis said. “We just hang in there and keep it close and scratch out a run late. Our bullpen has been solid. Zach (Britton) coming in there and shutting the door. And Tyler (Wilson) throwing the way he did. He hung in and battled and gave us a chance to win in the end.”
On a night when the Orioles had quite a few heroes it was not a surprise to hear manager Buck Showalter cite Wilson’s outing. It was one where he gave up four early runs and was allowing loud contact. But he settled down and pitched through 5 2/3 innings. He didn’t let the game get too far away from him or his team.
“Moxie. He just competes,” Showalter said. “He never gives in. He never goes, ‘This is just not my night.’ He goes, ‘OK, I’ve given up a run, let’s keep my team intact, engaged and see if I can give us five innings.’ Win, lose or draw, him pitching five innings helps us stay on our feet the first game of a road trip. It’s going to be very challenging against two offensive teams.”
The Orioles bullpen pitched scoreless ball tonight over 3 1/3 innings while the O’s got two runs off the Blue Jays ‘pen and tagged a loss on their closer. Dylan Bundy fanned three in 2 1/3 innings as he got the win to improve to 2-1.
“I was impressed with our two rookie pitchers (Wilson and Bundy) here pitching on the road,” Showalter said. “I think we’ve got five, six guys on our pitching staff with less than a year’s experience in the big leagues. Tyler, typical looked like it was going to get away from him. He’s elevating a lot of pitches that he wasn’t earlier, but he figured it out.
“Dylan had that fourth day of rest and I felt comfortable letting him go a little bit. Everyone’s going to say Dylan, but I’m going to remind them of Tyler. Britton closing out another game on the road in the tough environment with a one-run lead. (Hyun Soo) Kim had a big hit for us and Joey (Rickard) made a good read. Chris got it done on both sides of the ball.”
Kim doubled to leadoff the ninth off Osuna, who entered with a 1.65 ERA and 13 saves. Rickard pinch ran and moved to third on Manny Machado’s slow roller toward short. Then Davis drove a ball into center and Rickard raced home with the lead run. The Orioles are 3-1 against Toronto this year and all four games have been one-run decisions.
Wilson talked about how it was an impressive start to the road trip for the Orioles.
“It’s huge. It’s huge,” Wilson said. “To win the game the way the guys won last night and travel through the night and put an L on that team in their home park is huge. You can really just see, from a teammate’s perspective, to watch the way these guys play day-in and day-out, is special.
“I think that gets lost sometimes because there is so much talent out there. You think the talent is taking over and that is why they are winning, but it’s really the approach and mindset of the team that is yielding that success. Not just the talent.”
Britton is now 19-for-19 in save chances and this is an Orioles record for consecutive saves to start a year. At 18-for-18, Britton was tied with Chris Ray, who started that way in the 2006 season. Britton is now eight saves shy of 100 for his career.