DH Wins It for Orioles - on the Mound

DH Wins It for Orioles - on the Mound

ou had to see it to believe it.

In a marathon six-hour, 17-inning game on Sunday that featured both teams sending its designated hitter to pitch, it was the Orioles -- behind the stealth throwing of infielder Chris Davis -- who persevered for a 9-6 win and series sweep of the Red Sox in front of a sellout crowd at Fenway Park.

With the win, the Orioles swept the Red Sox in Boston for the first time since June 10-12, 1994.

The win also puts the red-hot O's in first place in the American League East with a Major League-best 19-9 record and was so bizarre that manager Buck Showalter -- who recorded his 1,000th career win on Tuesday night -- quipped: "Just when you think you've seen it all ... Like Billy [Martin] said a long time ago, 'See what the game has in store for you.'"

It was Davis' position change that helped pave the way, as the 26-year-old right-hander -- who last pitched for Navarro (Texas) Junior College in 2006 -- threw two scoreless innings to go, literally, from zero to hero. According to Elias, he is the first player to go 0-for-8 at the plate and wind up as the winning pitcher since Rube Waddell on July 4, 1905.

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