Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/7/12

The Orioles bullpen has been a strength throughout 2012.

Chris Davis wasn't supposed to be a factor.

The Orioles first baseman picked up the win Sunday, striking out two on 23 pitches in

two innings of relief in the 9-6, 17-inning win.

Davis featured a split-finger fastball, which he used to strike out both Adrian

Gonzalez and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Davis, who said he was a pitcher in college and was

looking forward to icing down his arm after the win, also touched 90 mph on the radar gun.

He escaped a two-on, no-out jam in the 17th by striking out Gonzalez and getting

Darnell McDonald -- who was pitching for Boston at the time -- to ground into a

game-ending double play.

Davis was the Orioles eighth reliever of the game, with the series of hurlers following

4.1 innings from starter Tommy Hunter. He followed the entire Orioles relief corps, which

leaned on three innings of work from closer Jim Johnson after two-inning stints from Pedro

Strop, Kevin Gregg and Matt Lindstrom.

Davis had to find some way to contribute Sunday -- he went 0-for-8 with five strikeouts

as the designated hitter.

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