Not only did Davis get through two innings, but he held the Sox scoreless and struck out two batters: Jarrod Saltalamacchia and five-time All-Star Adrian Gonzalez.
Eight years ago, Orioles DH Chris Davis took the mound.
He pitched 2 innings, struck out an All-Star, and became the first AL position player in 40 years to record a win. pic.twitter.com/aqE2XCrn7H
— ESPN (@espn) May 6, 2020
Davis reached 89 mph on his fastball and broke out an 83 mph changeup to get both of his strikeouts.
With their ace holding it down on the mound, the Orioles scored three runs in the 17th inning to put Davis in position for a win. After striking out Gonzalez, the Orioles turned a double play to secure the win. Davis became the first AL position player to get a win in 40 years
The Orioles would go on to win 93 games but eventually lose to the Yankees in the ALDS, while the Red Sox continued to fall apart following their 2011 collapse. They’d finish 69-93 and finish last in the AL East.
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