Davis Hits 31st Homer as Orioles Beat Yankees 4-2

Manny Machado and Nate McLouth also homered for the Orioles

By David Ginsburg
|  Sunday, Jun 30, 2013  |  Updated 11:44 PM EDT
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Davis Hits 31st Homer as Orioles Beat Yankees 4-2

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Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy tags out New York Yankees Travis Hafner trying to stretch a single into a double in the third inning.

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Chris Davis set a franchise record by hitting his 31st home run before the All-Star break, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the skidding New York Yankees 4-2 Sunday night for a three-game sweep.

Manny Machado and Nate McLouth also homered for the Orioles, who increased their major-league leading total to 115. Davis has six more home runs than anyone else in the big leagues after hitting three in the last two games.

His second-inning drive against Hiroki Kuroda (7-6) broke Brady Anderson's franchise record for home runs before the All-Star Game. Anderson had 30 in 1996 en route to hitting 50 for the season, a team record that still stands.

Robinson Cano homered for the Yankees, who have lost five straight — matching their longest skid of the year — and 13 of 18. New York dropped into fourth place in the AL East, 6½ games behind division leader Boston.

Kuroda went six-plus innings and yielded all three Orioles home runs, a season high, after allowing only two homers in his previous four starts.

Chris Tillman (10-2) gave up two runs on five hits over six innings to win his sixth straight start and reach a career high for wins in a season. The right-hander is 7-0 in eight starts since May 19.

Jim Johnson worked the ninth to earn his 28th save and seal the Orioles' first three-game sweep of the Yankees since 2005. Baltimore is 6-3 against New York this season, 5-1 at home.

The Orioles activated Brian Roberts from the disabled list, where he had languished since April 5 with a right hamstring injury. Batting ninth as Baltimore's designated hitter, Roberts went 1 for 2 with a sacrifice fly in his fourth game of the season.

Machado got Baltimore a first-inning run with his first homer since May 5. The Yankees tied it in the second when Brett Gardner drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs, but Tillman avoided further damage by retiring Ichiro Suzuki on a popup.

Davis opened the bottom half with an opposite-field drive to left field, his second career homer against Kuroda in 15 at-bats.

A solo shot by McLouth made it 3-1 in the third, his fourth hit in 24 career at-bats against Kuroda.

Robinson hit his team-leading 17th homer in the sixth, and Roberts made it 4-2 in the seventh with a run-scoring fly ball.

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