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Orioles' Davis hits 2 homers, leads majors with 26

June 20, 2013 

Baltimore's Chris Davis hit a two-run home run in the ninth inning Wednesday in a 13-3 win over Detroit. Davis, who had also homered earlier the game, leads the major leagues with 26 home runs.

Orioles 13, Tigers 3: Chris Davis cleared the fences twice, giving him a major-league leading 26 homers. Davis hit a two-run homer and Taylor Teagarden followed with a three-run home run in visiting Baltimore's six-run fourth. Against embattled reliever Jose Valverde, Davis hit another two-run shot for his second multihomer game of the season and the fifth of his career.

The Orioles improved to a season-high 11 games over .500 after beating the Tigers twice in the three-game series.

Chris Tillman (8-2) gave up three runs and seven hits over five-plus innings. He became the third pitcher in franchise history to win his first six decisions on the road, joining Jeff Ballard (1989) and Hoyt Wilhelm (1959).

Nationals 6, Phillies 2 (11 innings): Ian Desmond hit a grand slam in the 11th inning as Washington avoided a three-game sweep.

Jayson Werth's RBI single with two outs in the ninth tied it off Jonathan Papelbon, who blew a save for the second time in three nights after starting the season 13-for-13.

Starters Kyle Kendrick and Gio Gonzalez both were outstanding but wound up with no-decisions.

Yankees 6, Dodgers 4; Dodgers 6, Yankees 0: Hiroki Kuroda shut down his former team into the seventh inning, Ichiro Suzuki homered and drove in three runs, and host New York spoiled Don Mattingly's return to the Bronx.

In the second game of day-night doubleheader, Hanley Ramirez capped a six-hit day with a pair of RBI singles and rookie Yasiel Puig homered as the Dodgers got a split.

The teams that have met in a record 11 World Series — eight won by the Yankees — never faced off in interleague play at Yankee Stadium before this week.

Indians 6, Royals 3: Justin Masterson managed to hang around into the seventh inning and win for the sixth time at home. Masterson (9-5) sidestepped some early trouble without giving up any runs and improved to 6-1 with a 2.29 ERA in nine starts at Progressive Field. The right-hander struck out eight while allowing two runs and nine hits. Michael Brantley hit two homers for Cleveland.

Braves 5, Mets 3: Chris Johnson homered for the first time in more than a month and Kris Medlen (4-7) pitched seven-plus innings for his third win in four starts this month, even though he cost himself two unearned runs with an errant throw.

Blue Jays 5, Rockies 2: Adam Lind hit a three-run home run and Mark Buehrle won his second straight start as Toronto got its eighth straight win.

Rays 5, Reds Sox 2: Desmond Jennings homered and Jeremy Hellickson pitched six strong innings as Tampa Bay ended a drought at Fenway Park. The Rays had scored a total of five runs in losing their first five games this season at Fenway.

Diamondbacks 3, Marlins: Cody Ross hit a three-run, pinch-hit home run in the eighth inning to spoil an outstanding outing by Miami's young Jose Fernandez. Fernandez (4-4) retired 14 in a row before walking two of the three batters he faced in the eighth. He was relieved by left-hander Mike Dunn, who gave up the home run to Ross on a 1-2 pitch.

Arizona starter Trevor Cahill left after a line drive bruised his right hip in the first inning. Josh Collmenter allowed one hit in six innings of relief.

Giants 4, Padres 2: Gregor Blanco had a pinch hit, two-run triple in the seventh inning.

Notes

Diversity: Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig touted the progress the sport has made in racial hiring practices while stressing his desire to increase the number of African-American players in the baseball.

Selig spoke Wednesday at the MLB diversity business summit after the sport got an A in racial hiring practices in this year's annual report by Richard Lapchick's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports at the University of Central Florida. But the number of African-American major leaguers remained low at just 8.3 percent.

Angels: Slumping Josh Hamilton was dropped to seventh in the Angels lineup for Wednesday night's game against Seattle. The 2010 AL MVP entered the game batting .213 with 10 homers and 24 RBIs in 69 games, and had struck out 73 times in 268 at-bats.

Yankees: Shortstop Derek Jeter took on-field batting practice for the first time since being cleared to increase his rehabilitation program for a broken left ankle. Jeter took 21 swings on Wednesday at the Yankees' minor league complex in Tampa, Fla. He looked comfortable at the plate, hitting balls to all fields.

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