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Wade Davis gives up first home run since Aug. 24, 2013

Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Wade Davis threw during a game last month against Pittsburgh.
Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Wade Davis threw during a game last month against Pittsburgh. JSLEEZER@KCSTAR.COM

The streak lasted 707 days, nearly two years, but Wade Davis tried not to think about it too much, because he knew one day he would allow a home run again. The day of reckoning was Saturday, when Jose Bautista launched a solo shot off Davis in a 7-6 Royals victory.

When the baseball cleared the center-field fence, Davis had allowed a homer for the first time since Aug. 24, 2013. He had gone 125 2/3 innings between long balls.

“I hadn’t really thought much about it, because I don’t think there’s anybody who had gone and not given up a homer,” Davis said. “It’s going to happen.”

His new streak nearly ended on the next at-bat. Edwin Encarnacion blasted a deep drive to the warning track. Lorenzo Cain leaped at the wall to grab the ball.

Inside his dugout, manager Ned Yost forced himself to laugh. These Blue Jays could even bruise Davis, his best reliever.

“Wade’s the best set-up man in the game,” Yost said. “I mean, I think that’s not even arguable. His stuff is just unbelievable.”

Davis sat out on Friday due to stiffness in his back. He did not feel 100 percent on Saturday, but indicated the condition was not serious.

“It was a little tight,” Davis said. “Since it’s not too severe, in two or three days it should be gone completely. Nothing really to worry about.”

To reach Andy McCullough, call 816-234-4370 or send email to rmccullough@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @McCulloughStar.

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