Chris Davis hits 50th home run

Patrick Smith

The Orioles' slugging first baseman became the first player to reach 50 home runs since Jose Bautista in 2010.

Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis hit his 50th home run of the season, a solo shot to center field in the eighth inning Friday against the Blue Jays.

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The home run was significant not only because of its milestone nature, but also because of the game situation in which Davis hit the long ball. He homered on a 2-2 pitch from Steve Delabar to give the Orioles a 4-3 lead.

Davis is the second player in the history of the Orioles franchise to reach 50 home runs, joining Brady Anderson, who accomplished the feat in 1996. He also became the first player in baseball hit 50 since Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista hit 54 in 2010. According to ESPN Stats & Info, Davis is just the third player to hit 50 home runs and have 40 doubles in a season.

Davis is hitting .296 on the season and leads the major leagues in home runs with seven more than Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers.

Davis' 50-homer season is the 43rd in MLB history, and 25th since 1995.

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