Ryan Zimmerman hit three home runs in the first five innings, leaving the Baltimore Orioles with a four-run deficit to overcome against one of the best pitchers in the National League.
On a toasty night at Camden Yards, the Orioles turned to their hottest player to get them out of the hole.
Chris Davis went 4 for 4 with two homers, and the Orioles battled back to beat Jordan Zimmermann and the Washington Nationals 9-6 Wednesday night.
In a wild game before 39,129 fans, each team slugged four home runs and Baltimore got six of its 13 hits in a six-run seventh inning.
”To battle back and really pull it out in a game like that is huge,” Davis said. ”I gave a little fist bump to let you know how much this win meant to us.”
Zimmerman hit solo homers in the first and fourth innings before adding a two-run drive in the fifth, all off Chris Tillman. With a chance to tie the major league record of four homers in a game, Zimmerman came to the plate in the seventh against Steve Johnson and looked at a third strike.
It was the first three-homer game of Zimmerman’s career. He came in with three home runs in 38 games this season.
”It’s tough to have a night like that and not be able to kind of celebrate or have fun with it because we lost,” Zimmerman said. ”I’ve been kind of swinging the bat better. Tonight, everything kind of came together in one game.”
Davis hit a solo drive in the fourth and capped the pivotal seventh with his major-league leading 19th homer, a two-run shot off Tyler Clippard.
”He’s been doing that the whole year, so every home run he hits from now on is just another one,” teammate Manny Machado said. ”It’s impressive pop. He’s a tremendous hitter and he’s swinging the bat well.”