O’s sur­ren­der five in the 5th, split se­ries with White Sox

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By SEAN GRO­GAN

sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

— What had felt like a good out­ing for Ubaldo Jiménez took a dras­tic turn for the worse in the fifth in­ning.

The Bal­ti­more Ori­oles’ start­ing pitcher sur­ren­dered five runs in the top of the fifth and Bal­ti­more’s bats could only gar­ner a sin­gle run in a 7-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox Sun­day at Ori­ole Park at Cam­den Yards.

“I don’t know what changed,” Jiménez said of the fifth in­ning in which he hit two bat­ters, walked an­other and threw a wild pitch. “Be­sides walk­ing a cou­ple of guys in that

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in­ning and hit­ting a cou­ple guys, I felt good. They just found a way to get hits. What­ever they were hit­ting in that in­ning just found a way to drop.”

Jiménez threw four and 2-3 in­nings, al­low­ing seven hits and a sea­son-high six runs. He walked four, struck out three and al­lowed a solo blast to Chicago sec­ond-base­man Brett Lawrie in the top of the fourth. Jiménez had thrown at least 100 pitches in his seven pre­vi­ous starts, but only threw 84 Sun­day.

“That was a lit­tle dis­ap­point­ing,” man­ager Buck Showal­ter. “It wasn’t his day.”

Re­liever Vance Wor­ley stopped the bleed­ing in the fifth by re­tir­ing the first bat­ter he faced. Wor­ley pitched three and 1-3 score­less in­nings and recorded a sea­son-high five strike­outs.

“Wor­ley did a great job for us again to get us on our feet,” Showal­ter said. “That was im­pres­sive.”

It was Wor­ley’s sec­ond re­lief ap­pear­ance in as many days af­ter al­low­ing the goa­head run to score in Satur­day’s loss to the White Sox.

“I was not sur­prised, I was ex­cited to get the ball in my hand again af­ter last night. I felt great, the ball was com­ing well,” he said. “I made things in­ter­est­ing a cou­ple in­nings, then I made some big pitches to get out of it. The de­fense be­hind me was good, as usual.”

The Ori­oles’ made mul­ti­ple

de­fense high­light- reel plays, but none more im­pres­sive than the one against the first White Sox bat­ter of the fourth in­ning. Chicago’s Todd Fra­zier hit a hard grounder to­ward third base that ap­peared des­tined to be a base hit. Third-base­man Manny Machado dove to get his glove on the ball, but could not con­trol it. Short­stop J.J. Hardy some­how caught the ball off its ric­o­chet, then fired it to first for the out.

“That’s one of those plays that you just go ‘Wow.’ I don’t even know how he found the ball be­cause it looked like he wasn’t even look­ing,” Jiménez said.

Showal­ter was equally im­pressed.

“How about the play by J.J.? I don’t even know if you can count Manny, he gets an as­sist for that,” he said. “That’s un­be­liev­able.

“Just to be here, to watch that play, I don’t know if there will be a bet­ter play made the whole year.”

Left-fielder Nolan Reimold hit an RBI sin­gle in the bot­tom of the sixth in­ning that drove in Chris Davis for Bal­ti­more’s lone run.

The Ori­oles left at least one run­ner on base in every in­ning but the eighth and stranded a to­tal of 13 on the af­ter­noon.

White Sox starter Chris Sale im­proves to 6-0 on the cam­paign. He struck out six and al­lowed five hits and four walks in five and 1-3 in­nings of work.

“We all know he’s go­ing to be com­pet­ing for a Cy Young award this year,” Showal­ter said. “We had some good at bats. To get him out of there be­fore six in­nings are over, you like your chances.”

Machado went 8-17 over the four-game se­ries and recorded mul­ti­ple hits in each. He led the Amer­i­can League in hits in the month of April and ap­pears to be keep­ing that form in May.

Hardy left the game af­ter foul­ing a ball of his left foot. Showal­ter called it a con­tu­sion that “got real stiff and sore on him quickly.” He said Hardy will get an X-ray Mon­day.

Closer Zach Brit­ton in­jured his an­kle the pre­vi­ous night. Showal­ter said he will also get an MRI on Mon­day.

“It’s part of the game. It’s not easy on any­body. In those cases, it’s not some­thing you re­ally ex­pect on those plays,” Wor­ley said. “Hope­fully we get them back sooner rather than later, un­til then, who­ever comes up has to fill in for them”

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