had just thrown a four-hit shutout to earn his first major league win, and getting the game ball wasn't nearly enough to mark
During the postgame television interview, the rookie got a shaving-cream pie to the face from Tampa Bay teammates
. That was followed by a beer shower in the clubhouse.
With Davis leading the way, the Rays beat the
3-0 Thursday night to salvage a split of the four-game series.
Making his third big league start, Davis (1-1) struck out 10 and walked two in his first complete game. The right-hander worked
out of a bases-loaded jam in the first, then permitted only one runner past first base over the final eight innings.
Davis capped his outstanding performance by striking out the side in the ninth. He threw 124 pitches.
Then came the antics. It was only the second win in 15 games for the Rays, who desperately needed a reason to smile.
''The shaving cream didn't taste very good,'' Davis said. ''But it's fun. It's supposed to be.''
The 24-year-old was coming off a horrid outing in Boston in which he yielded eight runs in 2 2-3 innings. His effort against
the Orioles lowered his ERA from 8.38 to 4.34.
''I didn't get to watch too much film and maybe I should have,'' said Baltimore's
, who went 0 for 4. ''I don't know. You've got to tip your hat. He threw a great game.''
Davis outdid seven Baltimore pitchers, led by
(5-5), who gave up two runs and five hits over 3 1-3 innings in his first start since May 12. The left-hander was removed
from the rotation after going 1-4, then made 42 relief appearances before returning as a starter in place of rookie
, who has been shut down for the remainder of the season.
Hendrickson is 1-5 as a starter and 4-0 out of the bullpen.
had two hits for the Orioles, who failed for the 10th time this season to win a four-game series. They're 0-5-5.
Baltimore wasted an opportunity to grab an early lead. After a walk, a double and another walk loaded the bases with no outs
in the first inning,
hit into a forceout at the plate,
struck out and
hit a routine fly to right.
''The first inning, you couldn't have scripted it any better, the way we started the game,'' Orioles manager Dave Trembley
said. ''But then when you get nothing out of it, boy, he's got to take a deep breath and go, 'OK, here we go. Lady Luck's
on my side tonight.'''
As the game wore on, the only suspense was whether Davis would go the distance.
''I was just trying to get to the sixth, just battle it out,'' he said. ''When I had the real quick inning in the seventh
and eighth, I figured I could go out there and do it again.''
Manager Joe Maddon was happy to let him try.
''I am a firm believer that a young guy like that, if he has a chance to throw a complete game and a shutout, it can really
catapult him,'' Maddon said.
Tampa Bay went up 1-0 in the third. With two outs,
hit a sinking liner to left that bounced to the wall after
's ill-advised bid to make a sliding catch. Bartlett was credited with a triple, and
followed with an RBI single.
In the fourth,
hit a leadoff double, took third on a fly ball and scored on a squeeze bunt by
Longoria's third hit of the game, an RBI single in the ninth, made it 3-0.
NOTES: Tampa Bay CF
ran into the wall after making an outstanding running catch of a third-inning drive by
. He left the game in the 7th with a sore left wrist. ... The Rays play 12 of their final 15 games at home. ... Trembley was
ejected in the seventh for arguing balls and strikes. It was his fourth ejection of the season.