Asked pregame if any ailments led to the benching, Davis said, "Physically, no. It's because I've been sucking."
How quickly times can change.
On a night when the Orioles were unable to capitalize on multiple scoring chances -- they left 10 men on base -- Davis was summoned to pinch-hit in the ninth inning with his team trailing, 4-3, and runners on first and second.
After working the count full against White Sox closer Ronald Belisario, Davis got a breaking ball and belted it well over the right-field wall for a three-run, walk-off homer to give the Orioles a stirring 6-4 come-from-behind win.
Suddenly, the woes that were plaguing Davis this month -- he entered Monday batting just .186 in June -- seemed a bit further in the rearview.
"It's good. Any time you're able to deliver and come through for your team, it's big," Davis said. "Like I said earlier today, I'm working as hard as I can to get back on track, doing everything I can and just knowing that as long as I continue to work, the results would be there."
In giving Davis the reprieve, Showalter had also wanted to get Young's bat in the lineup.
Young had received only one at-bat since his previous start on June 15, hitting a pinch-hit home run on June 16.
"About 90 percent of the [lineup change] is Delmon Young," Showalter said before the game. "I need to get Delmon in a ballgame. I am not going to let him sit around."
Young made his manager look good, going 3-for-4 with a double before giving way to Davis in the ninth.
Ben Standig is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.