WASHINGTON – Every now and then, Chris Davis breaks free from his agonizing season to send out a reminder of just how dangerous he can be at the plate.
Davis interrupted a lengthy slump with a tiebreaking homer in the 11th inning, part of a six-run uprising that carried the Baltimore Orioles past the Washington Nationals 8-2 on Monday night.
Manny Machado had a career-high five hits, including a homer in the 11th, and Nelson Cruz hit his 28th home run to help the AL East-leading Orioles earn their seventh win in eight games.
Anthony Rendon homered for the Nationals, who lost for only the second time in nine games.
After Cruz led off the 11th with a broken-bat single off Craig Stammen (0-4), Davis worked the count full before launching a drive into the center-field seats to end a 2-for-38 funk that had dropped his batting average to .198.
“I know it will be huge for this team if I can step up and start swinging a little bit,” Davis said. “So it was definitely good to come through right there.”
Athletics 5, Giants 0
In Oakland, Jesse Chavez matched a career high with nine strikeouts in six innings, and three relievers pitched scoreless ball to lead the Athletics past San Francisco for their fifth straight win.
Mets 4, Braves 3 (11)
In New York, Ruben Tejada singled home the winning run with two outs in the 11th inning.
Mets right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka scattered six hits over seven scoreless innings but did not figure into the decision in a bid for his fourth win.
Diamondbacks 9, Marlins 1
In Phoenix, David Peralta drove in three runs and extended his hitting streak to eight games, helping Arizona run over Miami.
Reds 9, Cubs 3
In Cincinnati, Jay Bruce played first base for the first time since high school and committed an error that let in a run, but later homered to help the Reds rally for the win in the opener of a five-game series.
Padres 6, Rockies 1
In Denver, Ian Kennedy pitched seven sharp innings and Rene Rivera hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the sixth.
Phillies 3, Brewers 2
In Milwaukee, Chase Utley hit a two-run homer, and Cole Hamels allowed one earned run over 6⅔ innings for his first victory in a month.
Cardinals 2, Pirates 0
In St. Louis, Matt Adams hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Cardinals past Pittsburgh.