Late defensive gem sends O’s to defeat
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.