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July 15, 2013

Davis ties AL record in win

The Associated Press
Associated Press

BALTIMORE —

The Toronto Blue Jays finished a disappointing first half with another loss, one lined with a single positive thought: They won't see Chris Davis again until September.

Davis hit his 37th home run to tie the AL record before the All-Star break, and the Baltimore Orioles cruised past the Blue Jays 7-4 Sunday.

Davis doubled in two runs in the first inning and hit a two-run homer in the third to give him 93 RBIs, second-most in the majors behind Detroit's Miguel Cabrera.

The slugger pulled into the break with a homer in four straight games. With Davis leading the way, the Orioles took two of three against the last-place Blue Jays.

"Superhuman," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "He's having some kind of year. I saw him a little bit when he was in Texas coming up. He could always hit home runs. He got his opportunity here to play every day and he's taken advantage of it. It's pretty impressive."

Davis equaled Reggie Jackson's AL mark of 37 homers before the break, set in 1969. The major league record is 39, by Barry Bonds in 2001.

Davis has already reached career highs in home runs and RBIs with 66 games left in the regular season.

"I think it's something definitely to be proud of," Davis said. "It means I've been doing my job, but it also speaks volumes about the guys in front of me getting on base and really swinging the bats well."

His four RBIs on Sunday came against Toronto starter Josh Johnson (1-5).

"Not a good pitch to Davis," Johnson said of the home run. "Right now he's hitting everything. Just got to make a better pitch."