Wednesday’s result: Orioles 4, Sox 2
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org July 3, 2013 9:20PM
Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez catches a line drive hit by Baltimore Orioles' Adam Jones during the third inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Wednesday, July 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
Updated: July 3, 2013 10:32PM
Former Cub Scott Feldman held the White Sox to two runs over six innings, and Chris Davis hit his major league leading 32nd home run to go with a tiebreaking two-run double as the Baltimore Orioles defeated the White Sox 4-2 on Wednesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.
Adam Dunn drove in a run with a double in the first inning, and Gordon Beckham also stayed hot by hitting his first homer of the season for the Sox, who lost for the seventh time in eight games and for the 24th time in their last 33. They reached the halfway point of their schedule with a 33-48 record, on pace for 96 losses.
Hector Santiago (3.50 ERA) recovered after a 26-pitch first inning and logged seven strong innings, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks while tying his season high with nine strikeouts.
Santiago said he noticed when manager Robin Ventura got reliever Ramon Trancoso up in the bullpen in the first inning.
“I threw a pitch and heard another glove popping,’’ Santiago said. “I was like, ‘who’s that? Man he’s going early.’ It kind of gets you motivated when you hear that. You don’t want to come out of the game.’’
Matt Thornton inherited two runners in the eighth inning, and on his first pitch served up a two-run double by Davis. The runs were charged to Matt Lindstrom (2-3), who was pitching in Jesse Crain’s usual place in the eighth. Crain was placed on the disabled list Wednesday with a right shoulder strain.
“I think if there’s anything that could go wrong this year for the White Sox, it’s gone wrong,” Crain said.
Beckham’s homer was his first since Sept. 18 in Kansas City. He missed eight weeks with a broken hamate bone in his left wrist and hasn’t hit with much power but has hit for average before and after the injury.
“I think the homer, that was coming,’’ Ventura said. “With his hand, anytime you get further away from that he’s going to get his power back. He’s been really consistent all year, even in spring training.’’
Beckham moved Jeff Keppinger over to third with a grounder to the right side in the first inning, but Tyler Flowers struck out looking with one out and Alejandro De Aza grounded out. Beckham also singled and was called out on strikes against Jim Johnson in the ninth inning with two runners on. Replays showed the strikeout pitch was slightly outside.
“He’s having quality at-bat after quality at-bat,’’ Ventura said. “I don’t think this is a fluke at all. I think even more of it is the power will come, the doubles and home runs will come. Just his approach and what he’s doing each at-bat, even the first one, getting the guy over, he’s doing good stuff when he’s going to the plate. I think it’s winning stuff.’’
Feldman was acquired from the Cubs in a trade this week.