MLB Team Report - Baltimore Orioles - INSIDE PITCH


SEATTLE -- First baseman Chris Davis is having a frustrating season that has seen his average drop near the Mendoza line and his monstrous home-run totals hover at a more mortal level.

But the Orioles star has delivered when it has mattered.

He did so again on Friday night, when Davis' leadoff home run in the top of the 10th inning held up for his eighth game-winning RBI of the season in a 2-1 win at Seattle.

"He's had some really big hits for us this year," manager Buck Showalter said, "and tonight was another example."

On a night when the Orioles couldn't get much offense going against Seattle ace Felix Hernandez, Davis and teammate Nelson Cruz hit solo home runs to account for enough to beat the struggling Mariners.

Davis was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts before he came to the plate to lead off the 10th inning against Seattle reliever Charlie Furbush.

"For me, this year has been a lot harder than I'd have liked it to have been," said Davis, who is hitting .203 after posting a career-high .286 batting average with a league-best 53 home runs last season. "Anytime I've had an opportunity to pick these guys up, I try to do it."

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MLB Team Report - Baltimore Orioles - NOTES, QUOTES


RECORD: 57-45

STREAK: Won two

NEXT: Orioles (RHP Bud Norris, 8-6, 3.78 ERA) at Mariners (RHP Chris Young, 8-6, 3.22 ERA)

PLAYER NOTES:

--DH Nelson Cruz lined the first pitch he saw 358 feet over the fence in left field for his 29th home run of the season Friday. His 29 home runs are four short of a personal career high for a season, and he's already matched his highest season total since 2009.

--3B Manny Machado was out of the lineup for a fourth consecutive game Friday, when back spasms sidelined him yet again. Machado told The Baltimore Sun that he expects to be in the lineup before the end of the Seattle series, which includes afternoon games Saturday and Sunday.

--RHP Kevin Gausman matched one of the best starting pitchers in the American League for seven innings Friday night, when neither Gausman nor Seattle's Felix Hernandez factored into the decision. Gausman, a rookie, allowed one earned run off seven hits over 6 2/3 innings and left with the game tied 1-1. Hernandez was replaced by a reliever to start the top of the next inning.

--LHP Brian Matusz pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief Friday, and he has not allowed a run in eight July appearances. Matusz allowed one hit while striking out three.

--1B Chris Davis delivered his team-high eighth game-winning RBI of the season with a solo home run in the top of the 10th inning of Friday's 2-1 win over Seattle. It marked Davis's 17th home run of the season.