Baltimore (73-52) is in first place in the American League East because they are getting quality starts from their starting pitching staff. Each starter earned a victory in this series.
Wednesday’s winner was Wei-Yin Chen who recorded his career high 13 victory with only four defeats. He completed 7.1 innings. He gave up an early two-run homer but settled down to hold the Sox to one more run. He issued one walk while striking out seven. He now has a 3.76 ERA.
The Orioles, as they have all year relied on the long ball. Nelson Cruz hit his career-tying and league-leading 33rd home run, a two-run blast. Steve Pearce and centerfielder Adam Jones also hit solo shots over the outfield fence for the comeback win.
Reliever Darren O’Day could have easily been the hero of the game as he struck out two in the eighth inning as the White Sox were attempting a late game rally. Closer Zach Britton notched his 27th save to complete the win.
Starter Chris Tillman (10-5) was Tuesday nights 5-1, winner. His three-hitter lasted eight innings and included one walk while striking out a career-tying nine White Sox batters. He now has a 3.55 ERA.
Slugger Chris Davis led the way at the plate with a two-run double in the sixth inning as the O’s scored three times in the inning to break open a 1-1 tie. Catcher Nick Hundley added a solo homer to complete the scoring in the seventh inning.
Monday night’s 8-2 series opener was won by Baltimore’s Bud Norris (11-7). He lasted seven innings, walked two and fanned five. He now has a 3.69 ERA and out pitched White Sox ace Chris Sales (10-3).
Orioles veteran right fielder Nick Markakis shined with both the glove and the bat. With Baltimore up 3-2 in the seventh inning, he made a game-saving catch while robbing Chicago’s Conor Gillaspie of a go ahead home run.
He then blasted a two-run homer in the eighth inning as the Orioles scored five times to pull away from the White Sox. Second baseman Jonathan Schoop added a bases loaded double.
First baseman Steve Pearce joined Markakis in going 3-5 which included a double and one RBI.
Reliever Brad Brach pitched the final two innings, striking out two to secure the victory.