May 7, 2012 in Sports

DH gets win for O’s

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Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis, right, gets a high-five from teammate Matt Wieters for his work on the mound.
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BOSTON – Chris Davis had a much better day as a designated pitcher than as a designated hitter.

In the first major league game since 1925 in which both teams put a position player on the mound, Davis overcame an awful day at the plate by pitching two scoreless innings and getting the win as the Baltimore Orioles outlasted the Boston Red Sox 9-6 Sunday in 17 innings.

Davis went 0 for 8 as the DH, striking out five times and grounding into a double play. Yet in a season full of surprises for the Orioles, the first baseman by trade delivered the biggest one yet in his pro pitching debut.

“I was like ‘Sweet! I get to try something different today – because hitting ain’t working,’ ” Davis said.

Adam Jones hit a three-run homer in the top of the 17th off Darnell McDonald, an outfielder the Red Sox turned to once their bullpen was empty.

Boston then got two runners on to start the 17th against Davis (1-0). With a fastball in the mid 80s, he struck out Adrian Gonzalez and got McDonald to ground into a double play to end a game that took 6 hours, 7 minutes.

The last time two teams brought in position players to pitch in the same game was Oct. 4, 1925, when Hall of Famers Ty Cobb of Detroit and George Sisler of the St. Louis Browns closed out the second game of a doubleheader on the last day of the season, STATS LLC said.

The last time any position player wound up as the winning pitcher was May 25, 2011, when Philadelphia infielder Wilson Valdez threw one scoreless inning in a 19-inning victory over Cincinnati.

J.J. Hardy had a career-high five hits, including two homers, as Baltimore completed its first sweep at Fenway Park since 1994.

Baltimore ABRHBIBBSOAvg.
Flaherty lf 501001.167
R.Paulino ph 100000.300
Betemit 3b 100010.262
Hardy ss 835200.217
Markakis rf 410041.236
Ad.Jones cf 823301.304
Wieters c 712011.301
C.Davis dh-p 800005.299
Mar.Reynolds 3b-1b 312140.195
N.Johnson 1b 401003.128
En.Chavez ph-lf 300000.127
Andino 2b 711303.309
Totals 5991591015
Aviles ss 813002.265
Sweeney rf 804102.368
Pedroia 2b 501031.302
Ad.Gonzalez 1b 800002.264
Ortiz dh 412001.365
D.McDonald dh-p 411001.184
C.Ross lf 711005.258
Saltalamacchia c 511112.235
Middlebrooks 3b 712401.313
Byrd cf 701001.240
Totals 636166418
Boston 00014001000000000—6163

E—Betemit (5), Mar.Reynolds (5), Saltalamacchia 2 (3), Middlebrooks (1). LOB—Baltimore 9, Boston 11. 2B—Hardy (5), Ad.Jones (7), Wieters (5), Mar.Reynolds (7), Aviles 2 (8), Ortiz (12), Saltalamacchia (5). HR—Hardy 2 (6), off Buchholz 2; Andino (2), off Buchholz; Ad.Jones (8), off D.McDonald; Middlebrooks (1), off Tom.Hunter. RBIs—Hardy 2 (10), Ad.Jones 3 (17), Mar.Reynolds (9), Andino 3 (10), Sweeney (10), Saltalamacchia (10), Middlebrooks 4 (4). SB—Ad.Jones (5), Mar.Reynolds (1). CS—Betemit (1), Aviles (3), Pedroia (2). SF—Saltalamacchia. RLSP—Baltimore 5, Boston 4. RMU—C.Ross. GIDP—Hardy, Markakis, Ad.Jones 2, C.Davis, Andino, Ad.Gonzalez, D.McDonald. DP—Baltimore 3, Boston 6.

Tom.Hunter 41/3855125.00
Ayala 12/3100020.00
O’Day 2/3000110.64
Patton 1/3111004.26
Strop, BS2100011.59
Gregg 2100045.19
Lindstrom 2100130.00
Ji.Johnson 2100030.00
C.Davis W,1-0 2200120.00
Buchholz 32/3755449.09
A.Miller 11/3000030.00
Albers 2000121.29
Padilla 1210027.59
Aceves 2100136.17
F.Morales 2200004.91
R.Hill 2000211.93
Atchison 2100001.35
D.McDonald L,0-1 12332027.00

IR-S—Ayala 2-0, Patton 2-0, Strop 1-1, A.Miller 2-0, F.Morales 1-0, R.Hill 1-0, Atchison 1-0. T—6:07. A—37,394 (37,067).

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