Davis joins O's elite with 3rd 30-homer season

Davis joins O's elite with 3rd 30-homer season

SEATTLE -- Chris Davis is running with some fast company.

The 29-year-old first baseman hit his 30th home run on Monday, the third time he has reached the 30-homer plateau in his fourth full season with the Orioles. He had 33 in 2012 and 53 in '13.

Davis joins an elite class of former Baltimore players who have had at least 30 home runs in three seasons. The others were: Eddie Murray (five seasons), Rafael Palmeiro (four), Boog Powell (four) and Frank Robinson (three).

"Pretty solid neighborhood," manager Buck Showalter said.

Entering Tuesday's game, Davis had 11 home runs with 29 RBIs in his previous 19 games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only Jim Gentile in 1961 and Albert Belle in 2000 have had as many home runs and RBIs in fewer than 20 games.

"Chris is always one swing away from something good happening," Showalter said. "When he squares the ball up, it usually goes someplace where you cant catch it.

"I think Chris realizes that the more pull-conscious he is, the more challenging it becomes for him. So I think he's been real comfortable spraying the ball all over the field."

Bob Sherwin is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.