Rick Porcello tips his hat to Chris Davis after the Orioles infielder snapped record hitless streak

"Baseball’s a tough game when you’re struggling."

Chris Davis
Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles after hitting a single in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Saturday. –Omar Rawlings/Getty Images

Chris Davis saved the baseball. After a first-inning single Saturday, his first hit in 54 at-bats, the Baltimore Orioles infielder asked to keep the ball.

The two-run single off Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello snapped the longest hitless streak by a non-pitcher in major league history. The streak, which began last season on Sept. 15, 2018, totaled 210 days.

After the game, a 9-5 defeat for Boston, Porcello recognized the slump’s conclusion.

“I definitely don’t want to give up a hit to him but I respect how he’s going about his business,” Porcello said, per MassLive. “It’s never easy. Baseball’s a tough game when you’re struggling and he’s still showing up and playing hard every day.”

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The righthander has had a slow start to the season himself. Over 11 1/3 innings, he has walked 12 batters en route to an 11.12 earned run average.

“I tip my hat to him for battling through what he’s battling through,” Porcello said.

Davis, who’s in year four of a seven-year, $161 million deal with the Orioles, told reporters that he consulted with a coach before the game to ensure calling for the ball would not be considered “bush.” The coach confirmed that it would not.

“That’s a long time without getting a hit,” Davis said, per ESPN. “And yeah, I don’t know what I’m gonna do with [the ball], but I’m gonna do something special.”

Davis added two doubles Saturday to finish the game 3 for 5 with four RBIs. The Red Sox and Orioles meet again Sunday at 1:05 p.m. at Fenway Park.

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