White Sox Mount Comeback Against Orioles, End Losing Streak
The Chicago White Sox were able to mount an impressive comeback against the AL East leading Baltimore Orioles on Saturday in a 8-7 victory. The win ended the White Sox two game losing streak.
The Orioles led twice in the game, but the White Sox were able to erase both deficits, and spelled starter Mat Latos as he lasted just five innings after giving up four earned runs. The White Sox trailed early 1-0 after the first inning when Chris Davis moved Adam Jones over on a bunt ground-out , then Mark Trumbo followed with a RBI single.
After the early deficit, the White Sox took the lead thanks in large part to two rare errors from Manny Machado and Jonathan Scoop in the third inning. Jerry Sands was able to score on a throwing error by Machado on what should have been a double play hit by Adam Eaton. Dioner Navarro was able to score on an error by Schoop when he dropped a fly-ball hit by Tyler Saladino.
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With a 2-1 lead, the White Sox were able to extend their lead courtesy of a solo home run by Brett Lawrie in the fourth inning. The White Sox 3-1 lead wouldn’t last long however as Latos wasn’t as effective as he had been through his first four starts of the season. Pedro Alvarez started the comeback for the Orioles with a solo home run in the fourth inning, Schoop followed shortly thereafter with a home run to tie the game at 3-3.
In the fifth inning, Alvarez added a RBI double to his impressive night to put the Orioles ahead 4-3. Zach Putnam replaced Latos in the sixth inning but after a double by Hyun Soo Kim, the Orioles extended their lead to 5-3 when Jones hit a RBI double to right field. The White Sox climbed they were back in the seventh inning when Austin Jackson hit a RBI single to score Lawrie after a lengthy at bat. Lawrie lead off the inning with a walk.
With the team’s recent trend of score majority of their runs after the seventh inning, the White Sox ultimately tied the game at 5-5 when Carlos Sanchez pinch-hit for Saladino led off the eight inning with a double and later scored on a RBI single by Jose Abreu. After being down 1-2 in his at bat, Todd Frazier put the White Sox ahead for the second time with a two-run home run and 7-5 lead. The lead unfortunately wouldn’t last long.
After two outs recorded in the eight inning, Abreu wasn’t able to hold on to a throw from Frazier at third base from a groundball hit by Machado. With Matt Albers pitching, Jones was hit on his thigh to put two runners on for Chris Davis. Zach Duke replaced Albers but left a fastball down for Davis to smash for a two-run double and 7-7 tie.
In past seasons, this would have most likely resulted in a White Sox loss. However, Abreu was able to quickly redeem himself as he lined another RBI single to right field to put the White Sox ahead again at 8-7. After Navarro and Jackson both struck out to start the ninth inning, Eaton was able to get on base with an alert bunt that led to the departure of Orioles reliever Zach Britton. Britton appeared to have rolled his ankle when attempting to flip the baseball to first base on Eaton’s bunt. Sanchez walked to bring Abreu up for what would be the game-winning hit.
David Robertson was unavailable for the save opportunity as he was placed on the bereavement list on Friday. Nate Jones was able to notch his first save of the season in Robertson’s absence. The White Sox will close out their road trip on Sunday in Baltimore.
On Deck: The White Sox will send Chris Sale to the mound as the left hander will look for his sixth victory of the season. The Orioles start Ubaldo Jimenez on Sunday.