BALTIMORE -- Chris Davis homered twice -- including a grand slam -- during a career-high six-RBI game as the Orioles' offense overwhelmed the Rangers during a 12-1 win on Tuesday night.Baltimore, trying to climb out of the American League East basement, is still in the mix for a playoff spot
BALTIMORE -- Chris Davis homered twice -- including a grand slam -- during a career-high six-RBI game as the Orioles' offense overwhelmed the Rangers during a 12-1 win on Tuesday night.
Baltimore, trying to climb out of the American League East basement, is still in the mix for a playoff spot along with a Texas (45-48) team that has now dropped three in a row.
"More than anything, it's just kind of that easiness. You can relax a little bit. Any time your offense has a game like tonight, I feel like everybody else can kind of take a deep breath and not stress so much," said Davis, of what the game could do for team morale. "I was proud everybody swung the bat tonight and we didn't give at-bats tonight. We stayed in there, and we got a positive result."
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After Shin-Soo Choo put Texas up with a leadoff homer to begin the game, Baltimore scored 12 unanswered runs. Most of those were charged to Rangers starter Tyson Ross, who lasted 3 1/3 innings and allowed nine runs (seven earned).
"Tough way to play a baseball game," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "Obviously we were challenged from the first inning."
Orioles starter Dylan Bundy easily outlasted him, going six innings and holding the Rangers to four hits and one run with four strikeouts.
Davis and the offense ensured the effort held up for a "W," striking first in a six-run first inning -- including Davis' two-run homer -- and again with his fourth-inning slam. Trey Mancini also had a two-run homer in the first inning and Seth Smith went deep for the second consecutive night in the eighth.
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The grand salami: With the Orioles up, 6-1, Davis put the game out of reach with his second multi-homer game of the season, a grand slam off Rangers right-hander Austin Bibens-Dirkx. The O's first baseman, who returned from an oblique injury on Friday, has always been a streaky hitter and could be on the verge of a hot stretch.
"People asked I think when [Davis] first ... got back, 'Do you miss him?' You miss the presence a little bit in the lineup," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "They know he's working there and he's got that potential to have a night like he had tonight."
Gomez can't rob Davis: After Schoop's two-run double put the Orioles ahead in the first, Davis followed with a high drive to deep left-center. Outfielder Carlos Gomez got to the wall and jumped to make the catch, only to have the ball hit off his glove. It landed over the wall for Davis' 15th home run this season and first since June 10.
"I've seen him make that play I don't know how many times," Davis said. "I'll take them any way I can get them right now."
"I think I jumped a little early," Gomez said. "It was not an easy play. It was hard. Not everybody can make that play easily."
"We threw 191 pitches tonight. We have to find a way to clean that up."
"It all starts with us because we are the first ones to throw the ball over the plate. We've just got to pitch and the rest will fall into place."
Rangers: Left-hander Martin Perez pitches against the Orioles at 6:05 p.m. CT on Wednesday at Camden Yards. Perez is 3-0 with a 4.50 ERA in his last four starts. He allowed three runs in seven innings in a 5-3 victory over the Royals in Kansas City in the first game after the All-Star break.
Orioles: Right-hander Kevin Gausman is slated to start for the Orioles against Texas in Wednesday's 7:05 p.m. ET contest. Gausman appeared locked in with consecutive scoreless outings against the Blue Jays on June 27 and the Rays on July 2 over 12 1/3 innings. But he has allowed 14 runs, 13 earned, over seven innings in his last two outings against the Twins and Cubs.
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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.
T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.