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