Just before he began warming up for his start Thursday night against the Texas Rangers, Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez was getting treatment in the trainer's room for a sudden flare up of back spasms.

But Gonzalez — who has been one of the Orioles' most consistent starters this season — said it wasn't going to stop him from pitching, and once he threw his first pitch, adrenaline took over.

The Orioles right-hander turned in his seventh consecutive quality start, the longest streak by an Orioles pitcher this season, holding a potent Rangers lineup to one run on four hits over 6 2/3 innings.

That performance and solo homers from Chris Davis and Brian Roberts lifted the Orioles to a 3-1 win before an announced 21,857 at Camden Yards.

“Gonzo was phenomenal,” Roberts said, “battling some back spasms and I think when we went in the training room before the game, I wasn't sure if he was even going to make it out there. And to go 6 2/3 and pitch that way against that kind of team, that's pretty good work.”

Gonzalez is 5-1 with a 2.49 ERA over his past seven starts. In eight starts at home this season, Gonzalez is 5-0 with six quality starts, and the Orioles have won all eight.

“He's been pretty consistent, and that's all we're asking,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “It's asking a lot. Going through major league lineups, especially one like Texas, is difficult. That's why not many people can do it.”

Davis, the majors' home run leader, came into Thursday's game without a hit in his previous 17 at-bats, his longest hitless streak of the season. But Davis quickly broke out of his slump in the second inning, hitting his 34th homer of the season into the second row of the center-field bleachers.

“I was just glad to get a hit,” Davis said. “Got tired of striking out and grounding out and breaking bats. Kind of went on long enough. But, I talked about it earlier today about trying to be a little more patient, little bit more selective. And of course after I hit the home run I go back to swinging at everything. Some lessons are harder to learn than others.”
Davis' 86 RBIs tie Boog Powell's club record for most at the All-Star break, a mark set in 1969.