In first at-bat Saturday, Chris Davis hits 36th home run of season

July 13, 2013|By Daniel Gallen | The Baltimore Sun

With another swing of the bat, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis continued his historic first half Saturday. In the second inning, Davis pushed a 3-2 offering from Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Todd Redmond into the left-center field seats next to the bullpen area.

The homer, Davis' 36th of the year, cut the Blue Jays lead to 2-1. First baseman Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run shot off Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel in the first inning to take an early lead.

Davis' 36 home runs are the second-most before the All-Star break since Barry Bonds hit 39 before the break in 2001. Luis Gonzalez hit 35 before the break that year.

It's the fourth-most home runs before the break in history. Reggie Jackson and Mark McGwire hit 37 before the All-Star Game in 1969 and 1998, respectively.

It was also Davis' 14th home run against the Blue Jays since the start of the 2012 season.

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