Chris Davis’ deep freeze is over now, too.
Davis, who ended an 0-for-54 slump dating back to last season with three hits on Saturday, ripped his first home run in 113 at-bats in Baltimore’s 8-1 win Monday against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
In the eighth inning, Davis drilled Boston reliever Heath Hembree’s full-count pitch for a two-run shot into the right-field bleachers for a 6-1 Orioles lead. It marked his first home run since blasting one against ex-teammate Zack Britton and the Yankees on Aug. 24 of last season.
The lefty slugger had snapped his historic hitless string — the longest by a position player in MLB history — with a first-inning single Saturday against the Red Sox, and his teammates jokingly requested the ball as a keepsake for Davis.
“I think the biggest thing for me is just not having the headache of having to answer questions, and have my teammates have to answer questions, and [manager Brandon] Hyde — I mean, good grief, he’s had to answer questions pretty much every day about me,” Davis told reporters Saturday. “We can kind of turn the page now and really focus on the team.
“We’ve done so many positive things this season already, that my 0-for was kind of overshadowing that. I’m glad it’s behind us.”
Davis led the American League in home runs in 2013 (53) and 2015 (47), earning a seven-year contract worth $161 million beginning in 2016. The lefty slugger finished last season with a .168 batting average, the worst among qualified hitters in major league history.