White Sox Beat Orioles 4-2 To End 5-Game Skid
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BALTIMORE (AP) — Jose Quintana allowed one run in seven innings, Gordon Beckham homered and the Chicago White Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 on Tuesday night to end a five-game losing streak.
Alexei Ramirez had two hits and scored twice for the last-place White Sox, who had lost nine of 11 overall and eight straight on the road.
Quintana (4-7) gave up six hits — including a solo homer by Steve Pearce — struck out eight and walked three. The left-hander was 0-3 in four starts since May 26.
One night after blowing a ninth-inning lead in the series opener, White Sox closer Ronald Belisario entered in the ninth with no outs and a runner on first. He allowed a pinch-hit RBI single to Delmon Young before getting pinch-hitter Ryan Flaherty to bounce into a double play — Chicago’s fourth of the game.
Belisario’s eighth save sealed a much-needed win for the White Sox, whose five-game skid dropped them a season-high seven games under .500.
Miguel Gonzalez (4-5) yielded three runs and a career-high tying nine hits in five innings for Baltimore. It was his second start since returning from a 17-day stint on the disabled list with a strained right oblique, and like the last one, he failed to get into the sixth inning.
Two batters into the game, Gonzalez and the Orioles fell behind for good when Beckham drove a fastball into the seats in left field for his seventh home run.
Chicago added a run in the second when Ramirez doubled and scored on a single by Alejandro De Aza. The inning ended with a poorly executed double steal in which De Aza was nailed at the plate after getting a late start from third base.
Three straight two-out singles, the last by Tyler Flowers, made it 3-0 in the fourth.
The White Sox loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth before Ramirez hit a popup and Dayan Viciedo bounced into a double play.
After Pearce homered leading off the sixth, Adam Jones doubled. But Quintana struck out Nelson Cruz and Chris Davis before retiring J.J. Hardy on a fly to right.
Chicago got an unearned run in the eighth. Ramirez singled, stole second, advanced on a passed ball and deftly avoided the tag at the plate on a grounder by De Aza.
NOTES: Orioles 3B Manny Machado will have a hearing Wednesday on his appeal of a five-game suspension for intentionally throwing a bat on the field. … White Sox manager Robin Ventura says RHP Scott Carroll will start Thursday in Toronto. He replaces Andre Rienzo, who has been relegated to the bullpen after losing five straight starts and yielding 17 runs in his last three outings. … Baltimore RHP Ubaldo Jimenez, 0-6 with a 6.38 ERA at home, takes the mound Wednesday in the series finale against Chicago RHP Hector Noesi. … Chicago’s Adam Eaton walked twice and singled. He has reached base in 19 straight games and has an 11-game hitting streak.
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