Chris Davis’ Career Night Powers Orioles To Big Win

BALTIMORE — With trade talk continuing, the Orioles scored their second straight victory, the most lopsided of the season.

First baseman Chris Davis had a career-high six RBIs as he hit a two-run home run in the first inning and a grand slam in the fourth during the Orioles’ 12-1 win against the Texas Rangers before 18,119 at Oriole Park July 18. 

Entering the game against the Rangers, Davis was 1-for-14 since returning from the 10-day disabled list July 14. He has 16 home runs this season.


“I feel like I’ve taken a lot of swings in the last couple days, just trying to get my rhythm and timing back,” said Davis, who has had five RBIs seven times during his career. “Was able to get some good results tonight, so it makes it a lot more fun when you’ve got guys on base.”


The win featured a six-run first inning, which included a two-run home run by left fielder Trey Mancini, his 15th on the season. The Orioles batted around in the first and sent 10 batters to the plate in the fourth.

Right fielder Seth Smith homered in the eighth, giving the Orioles their ninth game with four or more home runs this season.


Right-hander Dylan Bundy allowed one run, a leadoff home run to Texas right fielder Shin-Soo Choo, and four hits in six innings.


For Bundy, it was a relief to have such a potent offensive performance.


“It makes you feel like you’ve got some cushion or wiggle room out there with guys on base,” Bundy said. “Really, it just makes you attack hitters more so with the fastball. It just wants to make you get back in the dugout so they can hit some more.”


Bundy has worked 114 innings this season, exceeding his 109.2 innings in 2016.


Cognizant of his increasing innings, manager Buck Showalter had rested Bundy after the All-Star break. He had not pitched since July 6. 


“He was a little rusty early on. In fact, he told me that,” Showalter said. “Just kind of feeling for it a little bit command-wise. But I don’t want to say he made some pitches when he had to stay out of some damage.”


It was the second straight quality start for the Orioles. Right-hander Chris Tillman allowed one run on two hits in six innings July 17.


“About as good as we could expect, so I was happy with his outing,” Showalter said. “That’s two good starts we’ve gotten in a row. That would certainly bode well if we could continue that pattern.”


Left-handed closer Zach Britton pitched a scoreless ninth with an 11-run lead.

Normally, two home runs and six RBIs by Davis would be the big story, but these days, it’s the talk of who the Orioles might be willing to move.


According to Ken Rosenthal, who wrote about the
trade possibilities on Facebook July 16, executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette has been given permission by managing partner Peter Angelos to consider trades of three key members of the bullpen: Britton and right-handers Brad Brach and Darren O’Day as well as Smith.


When asked for comment on trade talks, Duquette wrote in a text message: “Orioles are discussing things with other clubs to improve our club for this year and future years … it is that time of year.”


There is great interest in Britton, who has yet to appear in a save situation since returning from a two-month stay on the disabled list for a strained left forearm July 5. A year ago, Britton was 47-for-47 in save situations.


The non-waiver trade deadline is July 31.

COMING UP: Right-hander Kevin Gausman (5-7, 6.39) will face left-hander Martin Perez (5-6, 4.55) July 19.

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