Orioles' Chris Davis continues to crush Rays pitching in opening series

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Orioles first baseman Chris Davis homered in his third straight game this season on Thursday, hitting a two-run homer off Rays starter Roberto Hernandez in his first at-bat to give the Orioles an early 2-0 lead.

Davis took an 86-mph changeup deep on a 2-2 pitch, giving him his 10th homer in his past 10 regular season games -- a franchise first -- dating back to last season. Davis has also homered in nine of his last 10 games.

With the homer, Davis has started 6-for-9 with three homers, nine RBIs and 17 total bases.

He also became the second Orioles player to hit homers in each of the first three games of the season. Frank Robinson also accomplished that feat to open his Triple Crown season in 1966.

Since hitting three homers in a game Aug. 24, Davis is hitting .344 (45-for-131) with 16 homers and 35 RBIs in 34 games.

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