Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/7/13
When Chris Davis stepped to the plate in the eighth inning of a tie game against the San Diego Padres on Wednesday afternoon he had already stranded four baserunners including three in scoring position. But in his fourth at-bat Davis wasted little time blasting left-handed reliever Colt Hynes’ first pitch deep into the right-center field seats at Petco Park and sending the Orioles on their way to a 10-3 win before an announced 21206. Davis’ majors leading 41st homer of the season elicited collective awe from the seating bowl traveling an estimated 453 feet tied for the second-longest home run in the 10-year history of Petco Park. With the win the Orioles (63-51) swept their two-game series in San Diego – their first stop on their three-city eight-game West Coast trip that continues with stops in San Francisco and Arizona. Earlier in Wednesday's game the Orioles didn’t take full advantage of three Padres errors stranding a runner at third with no outs in the fourth and leaving the bases loaded in the fifth. The Orioles were 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position before Davis’ home run. But after Padres manager Bud Black went to the left-handed Hynes to face Davis the Orioles first baseman crushed a 79-mph slider and extended his major league-leading RBI total to 106. Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez held the Padres (52-62) scoreless through his first five innings limiting San Diego to three hits in that span. But Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko blasted a three-run homer in the sixth off Gonzalez to tie the game at 3-3. Gonzalez baffled the Padres early mixing his fastball with his off-speed pitched to record seven strikeouts through his first 3 ½ innings of work including one span in which the stuck out four straight. After allowing a leadoff double to Alexi Amarista in the second inning Gonzalez retired 10 straight and 12 of 13 before issuing a leadoff walk in the sixth to Chris Denorfia.
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