CHICAGO (AP) — Tim Anderson and Yonder Alonso each hit a two-run homer, sending Manny Bañuelos and the Chicago White Sox to a 5-3 victory over the slumping Baltimore Orioles on Monday night.
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Bañuelos (2-0) pitched five-hit ball into the sixth inning in his first start since replacing Ervin Santana in the rotation. The rookie left-hander has two wins in his last three games after he went 1-4 in 2015 with Atlanta — his last season in the majors before this year.
James McCann added three hits as Chicago earned in its third consecutive win, matching a season high. McCann is batting .444 (12 for 27) in his last six games.
Last-place Baltimore lost for the eighth time in 10 games. Chris Davis had two hits and two RBIs and Pedro Severino homered, but John Means (3-3) struggled after tossing five effective innings in a 4-3 win against Chicago last week.
Alonso connected with two out in the second, sending a drive to right for his fifth homer. He also went deep in his last game, belting a solo shot in Friday night’s 12-11 victory over Detroit.
After Severino opened the third with an opposite-field drive into the Orioles’ bullpen in right, Adam Engel led off the bottom half with a bunt single and Anderson made it 4-1 with a one-out homer into the stands in left.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Coldest Temperatures In Nearly 10 Months Early Tuesday
Davis tried to rally Baltimore with a pair of run-scoring singles, but the Orioles went 2 for 9 with runners in scoring position. After Davis’ hit made it 5-3 in the eighth, Severino flied out and Rio Ruiz popped out to strand two baserunners.
Alex Colomé worked the ninth for his sixth save in six chances.
Davis, who was tagged out in a rundown after his bloop single in the sixth, went 2 for 4. He is batting .343 (12 for 35) in his last 11 games after going hitless in his first 33 at-bats of the season.
Bañuelos was charged with two runs in 5 2/3 innings. He got the job in the rotation after Santana was designated for assignment on Friday.
Means departed after the fifth. He allowed four runs and six hits.
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