The same can't be said of the San Francisco Giants .
Davis looks to continue tormenting NL pitchers as the Orioles go for their longest interleague winning streak in franchise history Saturday against the Giants.
Baltimore (64-51) is batting .289 with 18 homers while going 8-4 during interleague play this year, and Davis has made major contributions to that success.
The first baseman leads the majors with a .477 average in interleague games, adding five homers, 11 RBIs and 14 runs. Overall, his 41 homers are the most in baseball, while his 108 RBIs tie him for the lead with Detroit's Miguel Cabrera .
Davis came through in the clutch for the Orioles on Friday, connecting for a two-out, two-run double in the 10th inning of a 5-2 win at San Francisco (51-64). They have won five straight against the senior circuit, matching team-best runs from 1999, 2009 and 2012.
"Chris made a lot of big plays," manager Buck Showalter said. "He's capable out there. A lot of good things happened."
That's certainly been the case lately, as Davis has plated six runs while going 4 for 11 (.364) with two doubles and one homer as Baltimore has won the first three on its eight-game road trip.
Manny Machado , who had a pair of doubles and runs Friday, is 5 for 14 with four runs over that stretch. The third baseman owns a .385 average in 12 interleague games.
Wei-Yin Chen (6-4, 2.95) is scheduled to face the Giants for the first time and will attempt to rebound from his first loss since returning from the disabled list in July.
The left-hander went 3-0 with a 2.57 ERA in four games after missing nearly two months with a strained right oblique. He looked capable of extending his winning streak Sunday, allowing one run in six innings before surrendering two in the seventh and getting charged with a 3-2 loss to Seattle.
Chen has found success against the NL, winning three of his last four starts behind a 2.59 ERA. He was superb in his most recent outing April 20, limiting the Los Angeles Dodgers to one run and three hits in six innings of a 6-1 victory.
Unlike Davis and the Orioles, the Giants are struggling in interleague play at 3-9 while batting .226.
Chad Gaudin (5-2, 2.56) is expected to take the mound for his first start against the Orioles since Aug. 21, 2003, when he was a rookie with Tampa Bay. The journeyman right-hander has faced them 10 times since as a reliever, most recently with the New York Yankees in 2010.
He enters this meeting as one of the Giants' most effective starters since being moved into the rotation June 1, going 5-1 with a 2.83 ERA in 10 starts while holding opponents to a .215 batting average.
"He's just been so consistent, both in the 'pen and starting," manager Bruce Bochy told the team's official website. "He's so valuable on this ballclub. We needed a starter and he's stepped in and he's thrown the ball as well as anybody."
That's certainly been the case while the Giants have won Gaudin's last two starts, as he's allowed two runs and struck out 13 in 13 1-3 innings.
Davis is 1 for 5 versus Gaudin, but all those matchups came in 2009.
San Francisco is scuffling at the plate with a .195 average and eight runs scored while dropping three of four. Buster Posey has been emblematic of those woes, going 1 for 8 his last three games and hitting .182 over his last 17.
|July 29, 2013||Jason Hammel||15-Day DL||Right forearm tenderness|
|July 14, 2013||Nolan Reimold||60-Day DL||Nerve inflammation in cervical spine|
|June 20, 2013||Steve Pearce||15-Day DL||Left wrist tendinitis|
|June 20, 2013||Steve Pearce||15-Day DL||Left wrist tendinitis|
|June 17, 2013||Jason Hammel||Day-to-Day||Illness|
|June 06, 2013||Steve Johnson||15-Day DL||Strained left oblique|
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|July 31, 2013||Pablo Sandoval||Day-to-Day||Bruised right heel|
|July 30, 2013||Buster Posey||Day-to-Day||Ill|
|July 29, 2013||Tony Abreu||15-Day DL||Left knee bursitis|
|July 25, 2013||Marco Scutaro||Day-to-Day||Back soreness|
|July 21, 2013||Jeremy Affeldt||15-Day DL||Strained left groin|
|July 09, 2013||Hector Sanchez||15-Day DL||Strained right shoulder|
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- In the eighth inning Saturday, Chris Davis connected for one of the fastest, fiercest home runs to clear the fences that anyone can remember at AT&T Park.
San Francisco closer Sergio Romo then found himself staring at the majors' home run leader an inning later with the tying run at first.
Romo retired Davis on a game-ending groundout, and solid pitching wasn't wasted this time as the Giants held on for a 3-2 win against the Baltimore Orioles after Hunter Pence 's go-ahead, two-run double in the sixth inning Saturday.
"That's what this game is all about: the best in the world versus the best in the world," Pence said of the Romo-Davis matchup. "He's having a really remarkable season and he's definitely locked in. That was an exciting at-bat. Romo got the job done, which was really crucial for us."
San Francisco's stagnant lineup finally got to Wei-Yin Chen on Saturday - and Romo then kept Davis down in the final inning following his 42nd home run leading off the eighth against Santiago Casilla .
The drive high into the seats in right-center was thought to be one of the farthest in Davis' career.
"Really? Wow. Not quite enough," he said. "Any time you have runners on, especially with our lineup, you expect somebody to come through with a big hit, but their pitchers made pitches and they made plays."
Nick Markakis added three hits, but Baltimore had its three-game winning streak snapped on a day of missed opportunities.
Guillermo Moscoso (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings of relief for the win.
The Orioles left the bases loaded in the second. Adam Jones hit a sacrifice fly in the third, but Baltimore stranded a runner at third. The Orioles squandered chances again in the sixth, eighth and ninth.
Baltimore manager Buck Showalter was unhappy with the strike zone - for both sides.
"I thought ( Chad Gaudin ) deserved a little better fate, too," Showalter said. "We had some good situations. We just didn't cash the ticket."
After Brandon Belt singled with two outs in the first, Chen (6-5) retired the next 13 batters before Andres Torres ' leadoff single in the sixth. He was sacrificed to second and Marco Scutaro followed with a tying single. Belt doubled one out later and Buster Posey drew an intentional walk, bringing up Pence.
"It's nice to get a hit when you've got the opportunity in a big situation. It's nice to get a ball to fall," Pence said.
That's been a tough chore in so many close games this season.
Belt, who has retooled his swing several times the past two seasons, had two hits. He homered in each of his previous two games.
"We got the hit we've been looking for," manager Bruce Bochy said. "It's the type of hit that wins ballgames for you and has been missing. It's good to get those timely hits. You hope guys relax a little bit and start having more fun."
Gaudin struck out six in five innings for the Giants, working out of several jams. Casilla struck out Ryan Flaherty and pinch-hitter Matt Wieters with two runners on to end the eighth.
Romo earned his 27th save in 31 chances as the Giants won at AT&T Park for only the third time in their last 10 home games. They dropped the series opener in 10 innings Friday.
Romo didn't back down from Davis.
"I trust my stuff. Everybody here believes in my ability to get hitters out," Romo said. "It's just a win that we needed, and I just happened to be able to get him out to end it."
Posey, the reigning NL MVP and batting champion, started and caught in a day game after a night game - not often his routine. Manager Bruce Bochy said the off-day Monday factored into the decision, as well as a recent day to rest.
NOTES: Orioles RHP Jason Hammel , who received a cortisone shot Friday for right forearm tightness, believes he will soon be ready to pitch again, though he isn't going to come off the disabled list Tuesday when eligible. Dr. James Andrews evaluated Hammel's MRI and agreed with the team's conclusion to do the injection. ... The Giants lead the clubs' all-time series 6-5. ... Showalter on J.J. Hardy's 20 home runs in three straight seasons: "I didn't realize how good he was, just because I didn't know him." ... The Giants improved to 16-22 vs. lefty starters. ... Baltimore is 13-7 against all California teams this year. ... RHP Matt Cain pitches the series finale Sunday for San Francisco against RHP Bud Norris .