TORONTO — Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 50th home run, a tiebreaking solo shot in the eighth inning, and the Baltimore Orioles erased a 3-0 deficit to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 on Friday night, snapping a three-game losing streak.
Davis became the 27th major leaguer to join the 50-homer club, and the first since Jose Bautista in 2010. Davis led off the eighth with a blast to center off All-Star reliever Steve Delabar, connecting on a 2-2 pitch.
The drive matched Brady Anderson’s 1996 Orioles record and made Davis just the third player in major league history with 50 homers and 40 doubles in the same season. The others were Babe Ruth (1921) and Albert Belle (1995).
Adam Jones followed Davis’ milestone blast with an infield hit and, two outs later, moved up on Ryan Flaherty’s walk before scoring on Danny Valencia’s RBI single.
Tommy Hunter (5-4) worked 1 2-3 innings for the win and Jim Johnson finished for his 44th save in 53 chances, rebounding after his wild pitch helped the New York Yankees beat Baltimore 6-5 on Thursday.
The Orioles, who had lost four of their previous five, came in 2½ games behind Tampa Bay in the race for the second AL wild-card berth.
Delabar (5-4) allowed two runs and three hits in one inning, losing his second straight appearance. The right-hander also lost to the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday.
Adam Lind hit a two-run home run and Colby Rasmus returned from the disabled list with a solo shot, but the Blue Jays suffered their fourth straight defeat.
Toronto slugger Edwin Encarnacion returned to the lineup at designated hitter after missing the past four games with a sore left wrist, and helped the Blue Jays open the scoring in the fourth. Encarnacion drew a two-out walk before Lind drilled Jason Hammel’s next pitch into the seats for his 20th home run.
Activated off the 15-day disabled list before the game after missing more than a month with a strained muscle in his left side, Rasmus made it 3-0 with a solo blast off Hammel to begin the fifth, his 19th.
Toronto starter Todd Redmond left one out after Jones doubled to open the seventh. Dustin McGowan came on and gave up an RBI double to J.J. Hardy, then walked Flaherty.
Valencia popped out but Steve Clevenger tied it with a double that bounced over the head of right fielder Moises Sierra. Nate McLouth walked before Sergio Santos came on and struck out Manny Machado to end the inning.
Redmond allowed one run and three hits in a career-high 6 1-3 innings. He walked none and struck out seven.
Singles by Brett Lawrie and Rasmus gave the Blue Jays runners at the corners with one out in the seventh, bringing Hunter on in relief of T.J. McFarland. Hunter escaped by fanning Sierra and J.P. Arencibia.
Nationals 6, Phillies 1
WASHINGTON — Wilson Ramos homered and drove in three runs, Ross Ohlendorf pitched five innings in place of Stephen Strasburg, and the Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies for their seventh straight victory.
Ian Desmond had two hits and two RBIs, and Ryan Zimmerman (3 for 4) hit a solo homer and scored three runs for Washington, which began play trailing Cincinnati by 5 ½ games for the final NL wild card.
Strasburg was scratched after experiencing forearm tightness during a throwing session Thursday in New York. Ohlendorf (4-0), who recently moved to the bullpen, stepped in and allowed a run on five hits over five innings.
Kyle Kendrick (10-13) was charged with six runs on eight hits.
Washington’s Denard Span singled, extending his hitting streak to 24 games.
Mets 4, Marlins 3
NEW YORK — Lucas Duda hit a three-run homer and the New York Mets overcame two solo shots by Giancarlo Stanton, beating the Miami Marlins behind Jonathon Niese.
Andrew Brown also connected for the Mets, outhomered 13-0 by Washington at Citi Field in a four-game sweep that ended Thursday. Niese (7-7) struck out seven and walked none in 6 1-3 innings, improving to 4-1 in seven starts since returning from a shoulder injury last month.
New York won for only the third time in 12 September games and upped its mark to 6-10 this season against the Marlins, who have the worst record in the NL at 54-92.
Making his first major league start of the year, Brad Hand (0-1) gave up the go-ahead homer to Duda in the sixth.
Indians 3, White Sox 1
CHICAGO — Danny Salazar struck out nine in 3 2-3 innings, Ryan Raburn hit an RBI double and the Cleveland Indians beat the White Sox, beating the White Sox for the 10th time in a row this season.
Salazar’s pitch count was limited to 85, and after allowing Dayan Viciedo’s single with two outs on his 78th pitch, he was replaced by Nick Hagadone with runners on first and third. The win got Cleveland to within a game of Tampa Bay for the second AL wild card spot, before the Rays played Friday night.
Bryan Shaw (4-3) threw two scoreless innings for the win.
Hector Santiago (4-9) remained winless since Aug. 18 for Chicago, going four-plus innings and giving up three runs and six hits while walking three.
Tigers 6, Royals 3
DETROIT — Prince Fielder homered and drove in three runs, and Justin Verlander pitched effectively into the seventh inning to lift the Detroit Tigers to a victory over the Kansas City Royals.
Detroit remained six games ahead of second-place Cleveland in the AL Central and dealt the third-place Royals a setback in the postseason race. Kansas City is one of several teams hoping at least to catch Tampa Bay for a wild card.
Verlander (13-11) allowed three runs and nine hits in 6 2-3 innings. Three relievers finished. Joaquin Benoit worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth and got the final four outs for his 19th save in 19 chances.
Bruce Chen (7-3) allowed five earned runs and seven hits in 4 1-3 innings.
Cubs 5, Pirates 4
PITTSBURGH — Anthony Rizzo hit a towering go-ahead, two-run homer off Jason Grilli in the seventh inning and the Chicago Cubs rallied past the Pittsburgh Pirates, 5-4 on Friday night.
Brian Bogusevic went 3 for 4 with his fifth homer of the season for Chicago. Dioneer Navarro added two hits as the Cubs ended Pittsburgh’s four-game winning streak.
Carlos Villanueva (6-8) picked up the win in relief. Kevin Gregg worked the ninth for his 32nd save.
Pedro Alvarez, Russell Martin and Garrett Jones hit consecutive solo home runs in the fourth for Pittsburgh. Andrew McCutchen went 2 for 4, but the Pirates lost for just the fourth time in 65 games when leading after six innings this season after Grilli (0-2) faltered.