Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Chris Davis and Manny Machado each homered
twice and the Baltimore Orioles tied a franchise single-game record for home
runs to come through with a 12-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday
at Camden Yards and keep pace in the AL East race.
The Orioles belted seven homers as a team, including three during a five-run
fifth inning, to creep closer to securing their first playoff berth since
1997. Baltimore, which began the night two games ahead of the Los Angeles
Angels of Anaheim for one of the AL's two wild card spots, reduced its magic
number to five for a postseason bid.
Baltimore also stayed within 1 1/2 games of the first-place New York Yankees
in the division standings with the win, only the club's second in its last
Davis finished with five RBI, delivering a three-run homer in the fifth and a
two-run shot in the seventh, while the rookie Machado put together his first
multi-homer game in the majors and knocked in three runs in the rout.
Nate McLouth, Jim Thome and Mark Reynolds also went deep to back seven sharp
innings from Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez (8-4). The rookie held the Blue
Jays to two runs and five hits while walking just one to help Baltimore earn a
split of the four-game series.
Four of Baltimore's homers came off Toronto's Carlos Villanueva (7-7), with
the right-hander shelled for six runs despite striking out seven batters in 4
Edwin Encarnacion had a solo homer for the Blue Jays and Anthony Gose added an
RBI single in defeat, Toronto's eighth in its last 10 contests.
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