Ori­oles’ of­fense strikes quickly; Bundy solid again in O’s vic­tory


The Washington Post Sunday - - BASEBALL - BY PETER SCHMUCK

bal­ti­more — The way things have been go­ing for the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles the past few weeks, you never know what is go­ing to happen on any given night.

Un­less Dy­lan Bundy is pitch­ing.

Bundy has been the most pro­duc­tive, con­sis­tent Ori­oles starter, and he ex­tended his sea­sonopen­ing string of qual­ity starts to seven with a solid six-in­ning per­for­mance in a rain-de­layed 6-5 vic­tory over the Chicago White Sox be­fore 28,718 on Satur­day night at Cam­den Yards.

He re­tired 10 of the first 11 bat­ters he faced after the start of the game was held up for 43 min­utes. He then grinded out his fi­nal three in­nings to im­prove to 5-1 and help the Ori­oles (19-10) to their third straight vic­tory.

After a se­ries opener in which starter Wade Mi­ley was knocked out of the game by con­sec­u­tive line drives in the first in­ning, the Ori­oles knocked around White Sox starter Dy­lan Covey (0-3) in a more con­ven­tional man­ner. They scored three times in the first and added to their early lead with home runs by Manny Machado and Trey Mancini in the sec­ond and fifth in­nings, re­spec­tively.

The Ori­oles have not been a quick-start­ing team of late, scor­ing just one first-in­ning run in their pre­vi­ous 21 games. They changed that nar­ra­tive Satur­day night with five hits and a walk in the first while bat­ting through the or­der.

It looked like Covey might never get out of the in­ning. He al­lowed sin­gles to Seth Smith (his sev­enth hit in nine at-bats), Adam Jones and Machado, be­fore strik­ing out Chris Davis with the bases loaded. Covey balked home a run be­fore al­low­ing three more bat­ters to reach, with run­scor­ing hits com­ing from Mark Trumbo and Mancini.

The White Sox didn’t put a dent in Bundy’s per­for­mance un­til the fifth, when a one-out walk and a well-placed fly­ball dou­ble by No. 9 hit­ter Yolmer Sanchez set up a pair of runs that scored on a sac­ri­fice fly by Melky Cabr­era and a sharp sin­gle by Leury Garcia. But the Ori­oles got those two runs right back with Mancini’s two-run shot in the bot­tom of the in­ning.

Bundy gave up a solo home run to Cody Asche in the sixth in­ning be­fore turn­ing the game over to left-han­der Don­nie Hart to start the sev­enth, but the White Sox were not done. They ramped up the sus­pense when Jose Abreu lined a siz­zling tworun shot off the left field foul pole against My­chal Givens to make it a one-run game.

Closer Dar­ren O’Day came on to re­store or­der in the ninth in­ning and con­verted his sec­ond save of the sea­son.


Bal­ti­more’s Dy­lan Bundy de­liv­ered his sev­enth con­sec­u­tive qual­ity start, re­tir­ing 10 of his first 11 bat­ters and go­ing six strong in­nings.

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