When Orioles manager Buck Showalter penciled in Chris Davis – the team’s everyday first baseman – into the designated hitter spot for Sunday’s series finale against the Red Sox, he certainly couldn’t have anticipated where Davis would end up in the game.
But after a six–hour, seven-minute, 17-inning marathon at Fenway Park, Davis – who struck out five times in seven at-bats at the plate – turned out to be the most unlikeliest winning pitcher.
After the Orioles used all eight available relievers, Davis went to the mound and threw two scoreless innings, helping the Orioles to a 9-6 win over the Red Sox.
Center fielder Adam Jones, moments after playing a part in a game-saving defensive play in the 16th, hit a three-run homer off Darnell McDonald – the Red Sox’s DH – over the Green Monster in left field for his team-high eighth homer of the season.
The Orioles earned their first three-game sweep at Fenway Park in 18 years, but the better news out of Boston is that two struggling bats have suddenly come to life.
Baltimore’s win sealed their fifth straight win in Boston and their first three-game sweep of the Red Sox here since June 10-12, 1994.
After their second extra-inning win in three games here, the Orioles will arrive home from their six-game road trip to New York and Boston sitting atop the AL East standings with a 19-9 record, a half-game in front of the Rays, and tied for the best record in baseball going into Sunday night.