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July 31, 2013

Davis hits 38th long ball as O’s edge Astros

BALTIMORE — It’s safe to say the media covering the Baltimore Orioles was more concerned about Chris Davis’ home-run dry spell than the slugger himself.

After Davis hit his major league-leading 38th homer to give the Orioles a 4-3 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night, someone asked him how happy he was to end a 10-game, long ball drought.

“Oh, I’m so happy,” he said, quite sarcastically. “I can go home and sleep tonight. Just eat food again. I don’t have to wake up every three hours and cry.”

Davis came in with a .205 batting average since the All-Star break and was without a homer since July 14. The sixth-inning drive off Lucas Harrell (5-11) was his first extra-base hit in seven games and gave Baltimore its first lead.

“It was big because of when it happened,” Davis said.

Later, Davis acknowledged he was trying too hard and swinging at too many bad pitches.

“It’s not like I felt terrible,” he said. “I’ve been way too aggressive on balls out of the zone. ... That was my goal today, just to be a little more patient. It obviously paid off.”

J.J. Hardy hit a two-run single in the fourth inning to start Baltimore’s comeback from a three-run deficit. The Orioles got only three hits in winning for the second time in seven games.

Wei-Yin Chen (6-3) allowed three runs, seven hits and a walk in 7 1-3 innings for his fourth straight win. The left-hander had a season-high nine strikeouts and threw a career-high 119 pitches.

“To be honest with you, I’m a little tired right now,” he said through an interpreter. “This was the first time I threw that many in the U.S., but I definitely felt really strong and really good.”

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