The Baltimore Orioles won this game the way their stats suggest they drew it up -- three home runs, and all from the heart of the order.
In the process, they pulled off a pretty impressive sweep of the White Sox -- at U.S. Cellular Field, and with Chris Sale and Jose Quintana starting the first two games.
Hell, even Hector Noesi pitched pretty well tonight. He struck out eight with zero walks over seven innings, over which he allowed just seven hits. The problem is that three of them left the park.
With Noesi cruising with a 2-0 lead through three, Steve Pearce started the fourth by turning on a not-bad fastball (kinda up and in) and hitting it over the wall in left for a solo shot. Four pitches later, the Orioles seized a 3-2 lead after a single by Adam Jones and a crushed two-run shot by Nelson Cruz.
Jones added his third hit of the night when he drilled a solo shot the other way to the sixth to stretch the lead to 4-2, and the Orioles had their runs.
The White Sox offense put up their biggest fight of the series, though that's not saying much, relatively speaking. The first inning was encouraging, as Avisail Garcia followed up a Jose Abreu single with a line drive into the White Sox bullpen, one that might qualify as the lowest-flying homer of the year.
But the offense remained mostly quiet afterward. Wei-Yin Chen retired the next 10, and then stranded a Paul Konerko leadoff double in the sixth.
The Sox did cash in a leadoff double the next inning, but it took some derring-do. Ramirez moved to third on Alejandro De Aza's groundout, and after a walk to Abreu, Garcia hit a fly to shallow right. People don't usually run on Nick Markakis' arm, and maybe Markakis didn't expect Ramirez to take off, either. But Ramirez ran, Markakis flat-footed throw was wide of the plate, and Ramirez scored standing to make it a one-run game again.
That's where the score remained, however. The Sox did have one last chance in the eighth, as Ramirez and De Aza singled with one out to chase Chen. Buck Showalter brought in righty-killing sidewinder Darren O'Day to face Abreu and Garcia, and he lived up to his billing by striking out both to end the threat.
*There was only walk in this two-hour, 37-minute game, which Chen issued to Abreu.
*The Orioles won the pitch count battle, as Chen, O'Day and Zach Britton combined to throw just 107 pitches between them (the Sox threw 133, which isn't bad).
*Both teams played errorless ball, with Ramirez starting a slick 6-4-3 double play in the ninth inning after a sliding backhand stop.
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