Jose Abreu hits 23rd HR, but White Sox fall in the 12th
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter June 25, 2014 8:02PM
Updated: June 25, 2014 11:26PM
BALTIMORE, Md. — The White Sox were well-positioned to win a series at Camden Yards for only the second time in the last six seasons, but for the second time in this series their bullpen caved in and gave up a late, dramatic home run.
Nelson Cruz hit a game-tying grand slam against Javy Guerra in the eighth inning, and pinch runner David Lough scored the winning run in the 12th on a wild pitch by Daniel Webb for a 5-4 Orioles victory that sent the Sox reeling to their second rough loss in this series and their sixth defeat in seven games on their 11-game road trip.
Lough scored with no outs and the Sox infield pulled in with runners on first and third. Webb walked Nick Hundley to open the inning and gave up a single to Nick Markakis to put the Orioles in business.
The game was delayed by rain for one hour, 10 minutes after nine innings with the score tied at 4.
The rain began shortly after Cruz’s grand slam off Javy Guerra with two outs in the eighth inning erased a 4-0 White Sox lead.
Jose Abreu hit his 23rd homer, Adam Eaton (career-high four hits) tripled in a run and Tyler Flowers singled in a pair of runs to give right-hander Hector Noesi, who did not allow a run in the first seven innings, a four-run cushion.
But the Orioles rallied after the first two batters in the seventh singled against Noesi.
Noesi gave up nine hits and walked two over seven-plus inning, faltering late by allowing five singles against the last seven batters he faced. Zach Putnam got Steve Pearce and Adam Jones on flyouts to center before lefty Scott Downs came in and walked Chris Davis after getting ahead 0-2 in the count. Manager Robin Ventura then went to his bullpen a third time in the inning, bringing in Guerra to face Nelson Cruz.
Abreu’s homer against Ubaldo Jimenez made the 27-year-old Cuban the first hitter in baseball history to reach 23 or more homers in his first 65 games. Wally Berger (1930) and Mark McGwire (1986-87) each hit 22 through 65 games.