7:05 PM ET, June 23, 2014
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland
Chris Davis crushes pinch-hit, walk-off HR to play hero for Orioles
BALTIMORE -- Hours after reaching the low point of a disappointing and frustrating season, Chris Davis conjured memories of last year with one mighty swing of the bat.
Davis was excluded from the starting lineup after batting just .130 in his previous 14 starts. Called upon by manager Buck Showalter with runners on first and second and one out in the ninth, Davis launched a 3-2 pitch from Ronald Belisario (3-4) into the seats in right field.
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"Any time you're able to deliver and come through for your team, it's big," Davis said. "Like I said earlier today, I'm working as hard as I can to get back on track."
Davis, who led the majors in home runs and RBIs last year, started the game in the dugout with a .216 batting average and 78 strikeouts in 218 at-bats. When it came time to deliver, though, he was ready.
"There's no woe is me," Showalter said. "He knows at some point the club's going to need a good at-bat from him and he prepared himself for it from about the fifth inning on."
Davis ended his night with a celebration at the plate, followed by a pie to the face from teammate Adam Jones during the post-game TV interview.
"It was chocolate," Davis said. "He told me he was going to pie me before he even came out there, and (I said), 'Make sure it's something tasty.' I appreciate him letting me taste it before he smashed it in my face."
Jones and Caleb Joseph also homered for the Orioles, who trailed 4-2 in the eighth before rallying to hand the White Sox their fifth straight defeat.
Brad Brach (1-0) pitched two hitless innings for Baltimore.
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Jose Abreu hit his 22nd homer and drove in three runs for Chicago, which went 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position. Still, the White Sox were poised to win before Davis connected.
"You got to be able to close it out," manager Robin Ventura said. "It's not easy, especially when they got a guy like Chris on their bench."
White Sox starter Chris Sale gave up a career-high 11 hits in six innings but was in position to earn his seventh win after leaving with a 3-2 lead. The left-hander walked one, hit a batter and had a season-low three strikeouts.
"My own manager was calling me Houdini," Sale said.
An RBI double by Abreu made it 4-2 in the seventh. The rookie ranks third in the AL in home runs and is tied for third with 60 RBIs.
Joseph hit his second homer in two games, a solo shot off Zach Putnam in the eighth. The drive capped the rookie's first career three-hit game.
That set the stage for Davis' 13th home run. He hit 53 last year.
Baltimore went up 2-0 in the first inning when Steve Pearce walked and Jones followed with a drive to center that bounced off the top of the wall, only the fifth home run allowed by Sale this season.
In the bottom half, Sale struck out Delmon Young and J.J. Hardy after the Orioles put runners on the corners with one out. One inning later, Baltimore loaded the bases with one out before Pearce hit a short fly and Jones struck out.
Jones' HR was his 151st with Baltimore, tying Chris Hoiles for 10th place on the Orioles' career list. Of his 14 HRs this season, 10 have been solo shots. ... Eaton has reached base in 18 straight games, the longest streak by a White Sox left-handed batter since Juan Pierre had an 18-game run in 2011. ... Miguel Gonzalez makes his second career start against the White Sox on Tuesday night. Lefty Jose Quintana starts for Chicago. .... Pearce's career-high run of five straight multihit games ended. ... The crowd of 17, 931 pushed the season total at Camden Yards of 1 million after 33 home dates, two games ahead of last year.
BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 23: Adam Jones #10 of the Baltimore Orioles celebrates a two-run home in the first inning...(Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|1st||A Jones homered to left center (395 feet), S Pearce scored.||0||2|
|3rd||J Abreu grounded out to third, A Eaton scored.||1||2|
|6th||J Abreu homered to center (411 feet).||2||2|
|6th||C Gillaspie doubled to left, D Viciedo scored.||3||2|
|7th||J Abreu doubled to deep left, T Flowers scored.||4||2|
|8th||C Joseph homered to left (381 feet).||4||3|
|9th||C Davis homered to right (399 feet), S Pearce and A Jones scored.||4||6|
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|Stadium||Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD|
|Attendance||17,931 (39% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||80 degrees, clear|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Rob Drake, First Base - Alan Porter, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Marty Foster|
Chris Sale allowed a career-high 11 hits Monday against the Orioles, despite only allowing two runs and getting a no-decision.
Chris Davis joins Jim Thome and Mickey Mantle as the only players in the last 50 years to hit a pinch-hit walk-off home after previously hitting 50 home runs in a season in their career (ELIAS).[+]
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