Baltimore Orioles' Chris Davis, center, is greeted by teammates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the second inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Thursday, July 11, 2013, in Baltimore. (Photo: AP)
By DAVID GINSBURG AP Sports Writer
BALTIMORE (AP) - Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 34th homer to back a dominating pitching performance by Miguel Gonzalez, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Texas Rangers 3-1 Thursday night to earn a split of the 4-game series.
Davis snapped an 0 for 17 skid and reached career highs in homers and RBIs (86) with a second-inning solo shot off Ross Wolf (1-2). His 34 home runs are the most in the majors before the All-Star break since 2001, when Barry Bonds had 39 and Luis Gonzalez hit 35.
Brian Roberts also connected for the Orioles, and Nate McLouth hit an RBI single in the eighth.
Gonzalez (7-3) allowed one run, four hits and two walks in 6 2-3 innings to improve to 5-0 at home this year.
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