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Baltimore's ninth-inning rally falls short

@jessicacamerato
April 12, 2019

BOSTON -- Chris Davis, regardless of his current hitless skid, thrives on that next opportunity. While he was out of the starting lineup Friday against Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, he knew there was a chance he could get to the plate later in the game. The day after his

BOSTON -- Chris Davis, regardless of his current hitless skid, thrives on that next opportunity.

While he was out of the starting lineup Friday against Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, he knew there was a chance he could get to the plate later in the game. The day after his hitless plate appearance streak extended to 61, the Orioles turned to him for a late-game heroic attempt at Fenway Park.

Trailing 6-4 with two outs and the bases empty, Davis pinch hit for Jesus Sucre against Ryan Brasier.

“It fires me up,” Davis said of pinch hitting. “That’s what any guy would want, a chance to get in there and impact the game. I appreciate any opportunity I get to go up there and continue to work and obviously try to get the elusive base hit.”

Davis battled to a full count before lining out to second baseman Eduardo Nunez to end the game. He had a .970 expected batting average on the line drive.

“I feel like I had a good at-bat,” he said. “Obviously didn’t get a hit, didn’t get on base. So we’ll do it again tomorrow.”

Davis was the player Hyde wanted at the plate in that situation.

“Brasier’s numbers against right-handed hitters are extraordinary, so I was just trying to get the tying run to the plate,” Hyde said. “CD’s obviously left-handed and almost always in a 3-2 count, it seems like, and hoping for a walk or something where he could possibly get on base to bring Rio up, try to keep the rally going. He put together a great at-bat, got the full count, got one out to right field and the shift got him.”

Davis is slated to be in the starting lineup on Saturday against right-handed pitcher Rick Porcello. With first pitch slated for 1:05 p.m. ET, there is a quick turnaround and little time to dwell on Friday’s 6-4 loss.

“I think that’s really for me the best thing to get in there, get some at bats, and keep working,” Davis said of the upcoming start.

Putting in work was a theme in the Orioles’ loss to the Red Sox. Baltimore didn’t record a hit off left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez until the fifth inning and tried to climb out of a 3-0 deficit.

Dwight Smith Jr., who belted his first home run of the season a day earlier, connected on a two-run shot in the seventh inning off Rodriguez. It should not come as a surprise that Trey Mancini already was on second -- thanks to his double -- to score. He entered the contest batting .364 at Fenway Park, third-highest among active hitters in the Major League.

A late comeback attempt in the eighth was thwarted when Jackie Bradley Jr. made an impressive defensive effort at the wall to rob Joey Rickard’s deep fly ball with Jonathan Villar on base.

“I’ve seen him do stuff like that before, so it’s not really a surprise, but that was a great play,” Rickard said of Bradley. “That was a really good play.”

But the Orioles didn’t stop there. After Mancini drew a walk off Tyler Thornburg in the ninth, Renato Nunez powered a two-run home run to make it a 6-4 game.

“We’re rallying in the dugout, I think guys are not giving up and taking really good at-bats late in the game,” Hyde said. “It’s a sign of a team that has high character that’s able to battle back against some good pitching and make it close there at the end … I was just really happy with how we’re battling back.”

Jessica Camerato covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @jessicacamerato, Facebook and Instagram.