Davis ties O's mark with HR in sixth straight game
Baltimore slugger matches Reggie, only two games shy of Major League record
ST. PETERSBURG -- Orioles right fielder Chris Davis tied a club record by homering in his sixth consecutive game on Tuesday night.
Davis sent Rays starter James Shields' pitch deep to center field in the top of the fourth inning for his seventh homer in six games, helping the Orioles defeat Tampa Bay, 1-0, and remain one game behind the first-place Yankees in the American League East with one game to play.
The six-game homer streak for the Orioles was set by Reggie Jackson from July 18-23, 1976, and the Major League record, which has been accomplished by several players, is eight. Tuesday's homer puts Davis' season total at 33, eclipsing Adam Jones' 32.
"It kind of blows my mind to even be mentioned in the same breath as Reggie," Davis said. "Like I said, it's more about the win than anything else. I'm glad to be a part of it. I'm glad to be the guy in the situation that's coming through, but as long as we're winning, I don't care."
Davis is coming off a stellar week in which he hit .423 (11-for-26) with five home runs and 10 RBIs en route to being named co-AL Player of the Week. The 26-year-old Davis led all AL players in homers, RBIs, total bases (27) and slugging percentage (1.038) while finishing second in runs scored.
Acquired in a midseason trade last year with Texas, Davis has said that his recent streak isn't as important to him individually, but he's proud of its timing. The Orioles clinched a postseason berth on Sunday night.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.