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Chris Davis hits 2 HRs to take ML lead, Orioles rout Blue Jays 10-2 for consecutive wins


TORONTO — Another two-homer game by Baltimore slugger gave him a spot in the Orioles record book.

Davis hit two home runs to take the major league lead with 40, and both connected and Baltimore beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-2 on Friday night.

"This was a big win for us," Davis said. "(Toronto) is playing well, they're obviously at the top of the division, making a run for it. It was big for us to come in here and have the kind of game that we had."

Toronto's lead atop the AL East shrank to one-half game as the second-place New York Yankees beat Tampa Bay 5-2.

(10-9) pitched 5 2-3 innings for the victory as the Orioles won consecutive games for the first time since beating Oakland on Aug. 16-17.

Davis opened the scoring by leading off the second inning with a second-deck drive to right, then broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run shot in the sixth. Both homers came off Blue Jays right-hander .

"The last thing you want is for that guy to hit the ball in the air," Blue Jays catcher said of Davis. "He's so strong."

The home runs were the 39th and 40th of the season for Davis, moving him past Seattle's . Davis, who hit 53 homers in 2013, is the first player in Orioles history to hit 40 or more in multiple seasons. He called it "a humbling feeling" to reach the mark.

"There's a lot of great players who have come through Baltimore," manager said. "That's quite a feat. That's impressive."

It was the sixth multihomer game this season for Davis and the 13th of his career. He hit two home runs against Tampa Bay on Wednesday, including a game-winning blast in the 11th inning.

was the last Baltimore player with consecutive multihomer games, doing it against Detroit on May 28 and 29, 2009.

Wieters followed Davis' second homer with a drive of his own. It was the fourth time this season Baltimore has hit back-to-back homers. Davis has been involved all four times.

Blue Jays left fielder leaped to try and catch Wieters' drive but instead pushed the ball over the wall.

"It's been a while since I hit one so I'll take any help I can get right now," said Wieter, whose last homer was August 7.

Including the two homers, Baltimore recorded six straight hits to start the sixth, which began with a single by Jones.

After Davis and Wieters homered, doubled, chased Hutchison with a single and hit an infield single off . One out later, hit a sacrifice fly.

"They've got a powerful lineup over there," Blue Jays manager said. "If you don't pitch well, they can pound you."

Hutchison (13-3) allowed six runs and nine hits in five-plus innings, losing at home for just the second time in 15 starts this season. The right-hander, 4-0 in his previous four home outings, hadn't lost at Rogers Centre since May 20 against the Los Angeles Angels.

hit a sacrifice fly for Toronto, boosting his ML-leading RBI total to 112.

Orioles outfielder hit a two-run double off in the eighth. Jones, who had been hit by a pitch from in his previous at-bat, followed with a two-run homer to center, his 25th.


Baltimore recalled OF and RHP from Triple-A Norfolk.


Donaldson's 112 RBIs are the most ever by a Blue Jays player in his first season with the team. Paul Molitor drove in 111 runs for Toronto in 1993.


Orioles: Showalter said SS (left groin) should rejoin the team before Tuesday's game against the Yankees in New York.

Blue Jays: RHP (left knee) returned to Toronto to throw a bullpen session. Stroman, who pitched 4 2-3 hitless innings at Class-A Lansing on Wednesday, will start at Triple-A Buffalo on Monday. Gibbons said Toronto could use Stroman in a six-man rotation down the stretch.


Orioles: RHP (2-3, 4.99 ERA) was activated off the 15-day DL on Friday to start Saturday in place of RHP , who was placed on the 15-day DL on Friday with shoulder tendinitis. Showalter said Wright will be limited to around 60 pitches. It will be Wright's first start since June 19, when he allowed four runs and walked four in 1 1-3 innings in a 5-4 loss at Toronto.

Blue Jays: LHP (13-5, 2.47 ERA) looks to rebound from his first loss in six starts with Toronto and his first defeat in 12 career starts at Rogers Centre, where he's 8-1. Price allowed three runs and six hits over seven innings against Cleveland on Monday.

PHOTO: Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez works against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, in Toronto. (Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press via AP)
Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez works against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, in Toronto. (Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press via AP)

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