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."
MLB Team Report - Baltimore Orioles - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Won two
NEXT: Orioles (RHP Bud Norris, 8-6, 3.78 ERA) at Mariners (RHP Chris Young, 8-6, 3.22 ERA)
--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.
--RHP Bud Norris could be set up for failure on Saturday, when he's scheduled to start an afternoon game in Seattle. Norris has been subpar both in road games (4-4, 4.42 ERA) and in day games (2-2, 4.30 ERA) this season. Since 2011, he has gone 13-28 with a 5.10 ERA on the road and has a 5-16 record and 4.49 ERA in day games.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "For me, this year has been a lot harder than I'd have liked it to have been. Anytime I've had an opportunity to pick these guys up, I try to do it." -- Orioles 1B Chris Davis, who 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.
MLB Team Report - Baltimore Orioles - ROSTER REPORT
--3B Manny Machado (lower back tightness) did not play July 22-25. He is day-to-day.
--RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (sprained right ankle) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 8. He hoped to make a minor league rehab start July 23, but that plan was nixed after the ankle didn't show sufficient improvement during a July 20 bullpen session. He did some running drills and threw 35 pitches off a mound July 23. He will throw to live hitters July 25 before Baltimore's game in Seattle.
--C Matt Wieters (sore right elbow) went on the 15-day disabled list May 11. He underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery June 17. He began rehabbing his elbow in Atlanta on June 20.
--LHP Johan Santana (left shoulder surgery in April 2013, torn Achilles tendon) tore his Achilles tendon June 6 and is done for the year. He did not pitch in the majors this season, and he went on the 15-day disabled list June 2. He was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 9.
--RHP Dylan Bundy (Tommy John surgery in June 2013) threw bullpen sessions throughout April and early May. He pitched in his first game June 15 for short-season Class A Aberdeen, then moved to Class A Frederick on July 4. Baltimore hopes he will be able to join the major league team before the end of the season.
RHP Chris Tillman
LHP Wei-Yen Chen
RHP Kevin Gausman
RHP Bud Norris
RHP Miguel Gonzalez
LHP Zach Britton (closer)
RHP Darren O'Day
RHP Tommy Hunter
RHP Ryan Webb
LHP Brian Matusz
LHP T.J. McFarland
RHP Brad Brach
1B Chris Davis
2B Jonathan Schoop
SS J.J. Hardy
3B Manny Machado
INF Ryan Flaherty
LF Steve Pearce
CF Adam Jones
RF Nick Markakis
DH Nelson Cruz
OF David Lough
OF Delmon Young