Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Chris Davis Homer Ends O's-Tigers Marathon In 13th; Charlie Blackmon Leads Rockies; Greg Holland Posts 17th Save

Davis Socks Game-Winner
Players of the Day for Tuesday, May 16, 2017

American League

Baltimore gave up a 7-1 lead, fell behind and tied the game with Detroit at 8-8 on a Mark Trumbo home run, scored three runs in the top of the 12th only to give up the same number to the Tigers in the bottom half.

Finally, Chris Davis ended the marathon in the 13th inning with a two-run homer and Richard Blier - the O's seventh pitcher - closed out the Tigers in the bottom of the frame for a 13-11 win, snapping a four-game losing streak.

Davis had homered earlier, in the 12th, putting the Orioles up 9-8, though the lead was not to last. The Baltimore slugger finished 3-for-5 with three runs and four RBI, raising his batting average to a respectable .266.

Detroit also used seven pitchers. Between the two squads, their pitchers threw 497 pitches. The game lasted well into the night, lasting 5:19.

The win left the Orioles 1/2 game behind the Yankees in the AL East, who earlier had won at Kansas City, 7-1. Detroit trails Minnesota by two games in the Central division.

Blackmon: .319 BA
That was just game one of the three-game series. The teams get back on the diamond Wednesday, 7:10 pm ET at Comerica Park.

National League

Before the Giants topped the Dodgers, 2-1, in San Francisco, the Rockies were doing their thing in Minnesota, whipping the Twins, 7-3, padding their lead in te NL West to 2 1/2 games over Arizona, dropping the Dodgers into third place, three games off the pace.

Holland: 17 Saves
Colorado got a dose of offense from leadoff hitter, Charlie Blackmon, who went 3-for-5, scored a run and socked his ninth home run of the season, a sixth-inning, two-run shot that put the game away as the Rockies broke a 3-3 tie with four runs in the frame. The Rockies' leadoff hitter is batting .319 and has 30 RBI.

Later, Greg Holland came in and threw four pitches, the last of which induced a Brian Dozier pop-up to second ending the game. Holland recorded his 17th save, which leads the majors by a bunch. In the NL Seung-Hwan Oh of St. Louis and Fenando Rodnay of Arizona each have 10. Boston's Craig Kimbrel leads the AL with 12.

Holland has been somewhat unhittable this season, posting a 1.04 ERA and a 0.81 WHIP in 17 1/3 innings. In 18 appearances, he's allowed nine hits and two earned runs, not allowing a hit in 12 of those outings. He's walked five and struck out 23.

The Rockies and Twins meet in game two Wednesday night at 8:10 pm ET. Both teams are in first place in their respective divisions, though Minnesota's edge over Cleveland is only 1/2 game.

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