DETROIT -- Chris Davis is heating up. And that's very good news for the Orioles, as the slugger -- who homered in back-to-back at-bats in Tuesday's 13-11, 13-inning win over the Tigers -- is capable of carrying the O's though some rough patches.
And, with a depleted bullpen and an inconsistent starting rotation, the O's are in need of some carrying. It's been a tough week for Baltimore, but Davis made sure the winless road trip wouldn't continue, twice giving Baltimore an extra-innings lead, with his 13th-inning blast holding up as the difference.
"I just feel like I'm a little calmer, a little bit more comfortable," said Davis, who has four homers and seven RBIs over his last five games. "I have a tendency early in the year to try to be too aggressive and try to make that feeling appear as opposed to just slowing down and understanding that it's a long season. And I just feel like the past few games I've been a lot calmer and a lot more comfortable at the plate."
Davis, who recorded his 18th career multi-homer game, has also scored seven runs over that five-game span. The slugger has eight homers on the year and looks like he's on the way to one of his trademark hot streaks.
"I hope so, but by talking about it. … It depends," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Davis. "You can tell he's got a little different feel with his hands right now. He works hard through it. He's been frustrated. I've said it many times -- can you imagine having that power at your fingertips and not be able to get to it every swing? Tonight he put some good swings on it. It doesn't matter whether left- or right-handed when he's doing it and he's in a good spot."
Davis hit the go-ahead run in the 12th inning, a solo shot off of Blaine Hardy. His two-run homer in the 13th came off Francisco Rodriguez and marked his first multi-homer game since Aug. 27, 2016.
"I wasn't trying to do anything special," Davis said of his extra-innings at-bats. "I was just trying to get a good pitch to hit and put the barrel on it. Actually, the ball I hit off K-Rod, I was just trying to get a ball in the air to the outfield hopefully to score a run. I'm proud of the way the guys battled and hopefully we'll come back tomorrow and get another win."