helps O's win second straight from White Sox
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[April 25, 2019]
John Means pitched five strong
innings, and the offense produced a series of timely hits, lifting
the host Baltimore Orioles to a 4-3 victory against the Chicago
White Sox on Wednesday night.
Baltimore earned a win in the rubber game of the three-game series
thanks in part to Means' solid return to the rotation, which was
prompted by the club's doubleheader over the weekend. The
left-hander, who has operated as a swingman in the early season,
improved to 3-2 by showing effectiveness with his changeup,
scattering one run and four hits with one walk and six strikeouts.
Mychal Givens allowed a run in the ninth but recovered to leave the
potential tying run at third base and close out a two-inning save,
his first of the season. Givens struck out James McCann and retired
Yoan Moncada on a groundout to second base to end the game.
The Orioles struck early against White Sox right-hander Ervin
Santana (0-2), getting a pair of runs in the first inning courtesy
of an RBI double from Renato Nunez and a run-scoring single from Rio
Ruiz. Hanser Alberto added an RBI sacrifice fly in the second. Nunez
led Baltimore with two hits.
Chicago trimmed the deficit to 3-1 in the third inning, as Jose
Abreu doubled home Tim Anderson with two outs.
Baltimore regained a three-run advantage in the fourth on an
interesting turn of events. Moments after he apparently had been hit
by a Santana pitch, Orioles right fielder Stevie Wilkerson was
called back to the plate following a manager's challenge that
overturned the call. Wilkerson then drilled his first home run of
the season, a blast to center field.
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Orioles starting pitcher John Means (67) delivers a pitch during the
third inning against the Chicago White Sox at Oriole Park at Camden
Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
The White Sox loaded the bases with one out in the sixth but managed
to score only one run. Ryan Cordell was hit by a pitch, forcing in
McCann. Evan Phillips followed with a strikeout of Jose Rondon
before reliever Paul Fry induced Nicky Delmonico on a groundout to
McCann had three hits for the White Sox, Abreu had two hits and two
RBIs, and Leury Garcia added two hits.
Santana allowed four runs on six hits in 4 2/3 innings with one
strikeout. Three White Sox relievers limited the Orioles to two hits
for the remainder of the game.
--Field Level Media
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