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White Sox 5, Orioles 2: Patience pays in sixth

Four walks and three hits leads to four runs and series victory

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Here’s your traditional watched-from-work bullet points. As always, fill in more details as warranted.

*For the second time this series, Buck Showalter stuck with an iffy starter past his breaking point. Chris Tillman was able to strike out Willy Garcia with the bases loaded in the sixth inning for the first out, but Melky Cabrera shot a two-run single through the middle to give the Sox a 3-1 lead, which turned out to be all the runs they needed.

*Then again, Showalter’s next choice made his reluctance understandable. The White Sox were able to tack on two more runs by waiting out Jimmy Yacabonis’ wildness. The rookie walked three of the four batters he faced, including Jose Abreu with the bases loaded. Leury Garcia was the exception, but his sac fly tacked on the fourth and final run of the sixth that put the game out of reach.

*Matt Davidson started the sixth with a double, then finished it with a strikeout. The Sox collected three hits and four walks during the inning.

*Davidson put the Sox on the board in the fourth inning with a solo shot. He has now homered in four straight games.

*Five White Sox pitchers combined to post a good-looking line: 9 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K. David Holmberg navigated through the first four innings with little issues, but when the first two reached in the fifth, Rick Renteria went to Anthony Swarzak with one out. The move didn’t immediately pan out -- Caleb Joseph dropped an RBI double into the left-center gap — but Swarzak stranded the other runner and reset the course for the rest of the staff.

*Swarzak picked up the win after adding a scoreless sixth. Chris Beck retired the first two of the seventh before giving way to Tommy Kahnle, a pitching change by Joe McEwing I thought was a little premature. Kahnle gave up a bleeder of a single to the right side before getting a lineup from Manny Machado, then pitched a 1-2-3 eighth.

*David Robertson, pitching for just the fourth time in June, gave up a solo shot to Welington Castillo during a hard-working 31-pitch ninth, but he closed out the game without bringing the tying run to the plate.

*Leury Garcia hit that sac fly behind Abreu because he replaced Avisail Garcia, who was ejected by first-base umpire Paul Emmel after an iffy call on what looked like a checked swing. Garcia was 150 feet or so away from Emmel, but the gesture was clear enough to get the quick thumb.

*Renteria was then ejected for protesting the ejection, and he went out in a blaze of glory.

Record: 29-36 | Box score | Highlights