Orioles’ offense strikes quickly; Bundy solid again in O’s victory
ORIOLES 6, WHITE SOX 5
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.