The Baltimore Orioles are happy to be home.
Davis turned in a dominant season-opening series against Tampa Bay and will look to help the Orioles hand the Rays a season-high fourth straight defeat Tuesday night.
Only Colorado has played as few home games this season as Baltimore (6-6), which lost two of three to Minnesota at Camden Yards from April 5-7. The Orioles, who began 2013 by winning two of three in Tampa Bay, immediately left after the Twins series and split six games against Boston and the Yankees.
"We've been on a two-month-plus road trip, it looks like," said manager Buck Showalter after Sunday's 3-0 loss. "So, after Tampa, Boston and New York, we're looking forward to seeing some friendly faces."
Davis went homerless for the first time in a series over the weekend, going 3 for 11 with six strikeouts as the Orioles lost two of three to the Yankees.
"It feels as if we haven't been home since last year," Davis said. "We had a brief three days there and it was kind of chaotic, so it will be nice to be home and sleep in our own beds."
The Orioles slugger is no doubt looking forward to the opener of this three-game set with Tampa Bay (4-8). Davis went 7 for 11 with three homers and 11 RBIs in the season-opening series.
One of the pitchers he went deep against was Roberto Hernandez (0-2, 6.08 ERA), who has dropped all five starts over the last two years.
The right-hander has lasted 6 2-3 innings in both 2013 outings, allowing four runs in a 6-3 loss to Baltimore on April 4 and six in last Tuesday's 6-1 defeat at Texas.
Hernandez is 1-3 with an 8.46 ERA in four starts at Camden Yards.
Adam Jones went 3 for 3 against Hernandez earlier this month, and the Baltimore center fielder was 7 for 14 with five runs scored in that series.
Matt Wieters was 4 for 10 with a homer in the first three games, but he's in a 2-for-26 slump.
Slumps have been the norm for Tampa Bay hitters. The Rays scored three runs and went 1 for 20 with runners in scoring position while being swept in a three-game set at Boston capped by Monday's 3-2 defeat.
"The bottom line is whenever you're not scoring everything else becomes magnified or exaggerated," manager Joe Maddon said. "We're just not swinging bats well right now. We've just got to remain positive and confident."
Evan Longoria went 5 for 12 in the season-opening series, but he's in a 2-for-16 slide. The Red Sox pitched carefully to Tampa Bay's best hitter, Ben Zobrist , who went 1 for 8 with four walks in three games.
The Rays will get their first 2013 look at Jake Arrieta (0-0, 7.20), who is 2-3 with a 5.79 ERA in six starts against them. Yunel Escobar , batting .098 this year, is 7 for 16 with a homer against the Orioles right-hander.
Arrieta yielded three runs over five innings Wednesday in an 8-5 win at Boston.
|Tampa Bay Rays|
|March 31, 2013||Juan Carlos Oviedo||60-Day DL||Recovery from right elbow surgery|
|March 28, 2013||Jeff Niemann||15-Day DL||Right shoulder surgery - out for season|
|March 24, 2013||Luke Scott||15-Day DL||Strained right calf|
|April 07, 2013||Nolan Reimold||Day-to-Day||Right hamstring tightness|
|April 05, 2013||Brian Roberts||15-Day DL||Ruptured tendon, right knee|
|April 04, 2013||Brian Roberts||Day-to-Day||Right hamstring injury|
|March 26, 2013||Wilson Betemit||60-Day DL||Right PCL tear|
|March 23, 2013||Steve Johnson||15-Day DL||Strained right lat|
|March 22, 2013||Tsuyoshi Wada||60-Day DL||Recovery from left elbow surgery|
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Jake Arrieta gave up a home run on the first pitch he threw, struggled with his control for much of the game and finally was pulled before getting an out in the sixth inning.
It wasn't exactly the sharp performance he was hoping for, yet the Orioles right-hander had very few complaints after Baltimore held on for a 5-4 victory over the struggling Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.
Arrieta (1-0) gave up one run, three hits and five walks in five-plus innings to earn his first win since last June 13. He struck out seven during an exhausting 112-pitch effort.
"The win is the biggest part of the night," he said. "I would have liked to be out there a little bit longer but the pitch count got up. They stuck with me in the sixth, let me go back out, and I just wasn't able to command the ball then. I might have run out of gas a little bit but I had a lot left in the tank, still."
Arrieta didn't have a single 1-2-3 inning and had trouble getting the ball over the plate, but he didn't give up a run after Desmond Jennings opened the game with a drive over the left-field wall.
"He is the winning pitcher tonight in a major league game against an American League East team," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "I'm proud of him for battling through. He had some chances to give in, he didn't. (After) the first hitter, he came back and gave us a chance to win."
Matt Wieters homered and Nate McLouth scored twice for the Orioles, who have won five straight at home over the Rays, dating back to last year.
Jim Johnson worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his sixth save in six tries.
Tampa Bay trailed 5-1 in the eighth before Kelly Johnson and Evan Longoria connected off Pedro Strop . But the Rays could muster only six hits against Arrieta and five relievers.
Last-place Tampa Bay has lost four straight and seven of eight. Although the Rays scored more runs than they totaled in their previous three games, they went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position and are 1 for 34 in that situation over their past eight games.
"I thought it was a great game. I was really pleased with our guys tonight," manager Joe Maddon said. "Some people might not understand that, but you got to build little bit at a time to get back where you want to be."
With a 4-9 record, Tampa Bay has matched the worst start in franchise history (2001 and 2005).
"As long as players don't quit on themselves then we're in good shape, and we're not going to do that because I'm not going to do that," Maddon said. "I like the battle. I like the fight. The work has been great. It's going to flip."
Tampa Bay right-hander Roberto Hernandez (0-3) allowed five runs, three earned, and five hits in 5 1-3 innings. Two of his three losses have come against the Orioles.
Jennings' leadoff homer equaled the Rays' long-ball total over their previous seven games. It was the first time this season that Baltimore surrendered a first-inning run.
In the bottom half, McLouth walked, stole second and scored on a double by Manny Machado .
Wieters led off the second with a drive to right for a 2-1 lead. He has nine hits this season, two of them homers.
Baltimore added a run in the third when McLouth doubled and scored on a single by Nick Markakis . The inning ended when Chris Davis struck out, then angrily cracked the bat over his knee.
The Orioles made it 5-1 with two unearned runs in the sixth. With the bases loaded and one out, Longoria threw wide of the plate after fielding a grounder to third by J.J. Hardy. That produced a run, and another scored on a groundout by Ryan Flaherty .
Johnson led off the eighth with a homer on a 3-2 pitch. After Ben Zobrist drew a walk, Longoria homered for the second time in two games. Both his extra-base hits this season have been long balls.
NOTES: There was a moment of silence before the game and an increased police presence at Camden Yards in the wake of the deadly explosions at the Boston Marathon. Asked if there might be an uneasy feeling at ballparks now, Maddon said, "I don't think so. I'd like to believe that is an isolated incident that was planned for that one particular moment. I might be wrong." ... All the players on both teams wore No. 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson . ... Rays SS Yunel Escobar went 0 for 4 and is 4 for 45 (.089) this season. ... Nate Moore, who has not allowed a run in two starts this season, pitches for Tampa Bay on Wednesday. Chris Tillman (0-0, 7.00 ERA) takes the mound for Baltimore.