Instead of a quality start, the Orioles used the home run ball on Tuesday. Their string of quality starts ended at eight, and they managed a win although it wasn’t terribly pretty.

The Orioles’ 7-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays before 10,803 at Tropicana Field on Tuesday night was powered by two home runs, a grand-slam by Chris Davis and a two-run shot by Steve Pearce.

The Orioles (36-34) had a five-run third against Erik Bedard (3-5). Jonathan Schoop led off with a single. With one out, Nick Markakis singled advancing Schoop to third. Pearce walked to load the bases. Bedard threw a wild pitch, and Schoop scored. Adam Jones was hit by a pitch to once again load the bases.

Davis hit a long fly to left that David DeJesus tried to catch, but he ran into the wall instead. Initially, the play was ruled in play and Davis was safe at second with two runs scoring. But, after a review initiated by Buck Showalter’s visit, it was obvious that the ball hit the foul pole, and Davis was awarded his 12th home run of the season and third grand-slam.

“I was just hoping it would be fair and deep enough where we would be able to get at least one run in. When I saw Buck go out there, I figured he was challenging whether it hit off the pole or not. By that point, I really didn’t have a good view. I was trying not to run up Jonesy’s back. I’ll take the double, but at the same time, if I can get a grand slam, I’ll take that too,” Davis said.