Late de­fen­sive gem sends O’s to de­feat

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS - WHITE SOX 3, ORI­OLES 2 BY ED­UARDO A. ENCINA — Bal­ti­more Sun

chicago — The Bal­ti­more Ori­oles al­ready had shown once how one swing could sweep away sev­eral games worth of frus­trat­ing at-bats, but in the top of the ninth in­ning Satur­day af­ter­noon, Chicago White Sox right fielder Avi­sail Gar­cia wasn’t go­ing to let another lead slip away.

Down to their sec­ond-to-last out, Bal­ti­more’s Chris Davis sent a ball deep to right off White Sox closer David Robert­son, but Gar­cia tracked the ball, timed his jump per­fectly and reached his glove high over the fence to make a game-sav­ing catch.

As Davis rounded first, he pointed to Gar­cia as a sub­tle ac­knowl­edg­ment of the most piv­otal play in the Ori­oles’ 3-2 loss to the White Sox in front of an an­nounced Fourth of July crowd of 20,765 at U.S. Cel­lu­lar Field.

Af­ter Davis’s long fly, Matt Wi­eters struck out look­ing to end the game.

Af­ter the Ori­oles ended their 26-in­ning scor­ing drought on Manny Machado’s game-ty­ing, two-run homer in the eighth in­ning, Bal­ti­more fell be­hind again by al­low­ing a run in the bot­tom half of that in­ning.

Chicago’s Gor­don Beck­ham led off with a walk off Bud Nor­ris. Af­ter a sac­ri­fice bunt, Dar­ren O’Day en­tered and pinch hitter J.B. Shuck dou­bled just in­side the first base line to score the win­ning run.

White Sox starter Jeff Sa­mardz­ija took a no-hitter into the sixth in­ning and a shutout into the eighth. But im­me­di­ately af­ter Sa­mardz­ija left, Machado tied it with his 17th home run of the sea­son.

Bal­ti­more starter Chris Till­man lasted just 42/3 in­nings, al­low­ing two runs and 10 hits.

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