TORONTO -- Chris Davis continued to swing a scorching bat by homering for the fifth straight game, but Ubaldo Jimenez put the O's in a hole that proved too big to climb out of in a 10-9 loss to the Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon at Rogers Centre.Davis extended his
TORONTO -- Chris Davis continued to swing a scorching bat by homering for the fifth straight game, but Ubaldo Jimenez put the O's in a hole that proved too big to climb out of in a 10-9 loss to the Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon at Rogers Centre.
Davis extended his homer streak with a two-run blast in the fifth as part of a four-run inning as the Orioles attempted to erase an early 5-0 deficit. This marks the second time in his career that Davis has gone deep in five consecutive games. He accomplished the feat as part of a six-game homer streak during the 2012 season (Sept. 26-Oct. 2). Reggie Jackson is the only other player in O's history to hit a homer in six straight games.
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"I feel good in the box," Davis said. "I think a lot of it is from having good at-bats. I know it's going to get old, but keep going out there every day and try to grind out a good at-bat. You're not always going to be the hero, so to speak, but you go out there and take pride in your work."
Davis' 16 long balls at Rogers Centre since 2012 are the most by any opponent. He's now batting .228 with 39 RBIs this season. Adam Jones went yard twice, while Pedro Alvarez and Matt Wieters also homered in the loss. Baltimore has now lost three straight for the first time since a four-game skid May 22-26.
"I felt like everybody was hitting home runs, us and them," said Davis.
Baltimore's problems began early as Jimenez was unable to get out of the first inning, allowing six hits and five runs while recording just one out.
"Two issues: his stuff's not very crisp, and he can't command the baseball right now, and that's a bad combination," said manager Buck Showalter. "We're supposed to hit targets and everything and he's just missing the width of the plate and his stuff isn't very crisp -- that's a bad combination against a good-hitting team."
"It's one of the worst feelings for the pitcher not being able to go past the first inning," Jimenez said. "I let the team down, I couldn't help the team at all. I put them in a big hole right away for the relievers, the offense, everything. It's disappointing."
The 32-year-old right-hander has been unable to get out of the sixth inning in seven consecutive starts. It's the second time this season he's been pulled before the third. Showalter didn't rule out the possibility of moving Jimenez to the bullpen -- a move the club made in August 2014.
"We have to look at our other possibilities," Showalter said. "If we do something, he's going to hear about it from us long before he reads about it."
Dhiren Mahiban is a contributor to MLB.com.