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Bundy strikes out 14 in O’s dominant win

ORIOLES 9, WHITE SOX 3

- BY JON MEOLI — Baltimore Sun

chicago — With an early set of patient, productive innings to stake a masterful Dylan Bundy to a lead Thursday, the Baltimore Orioles beat the Chicago White Sox, 9-3, at sun-splashed Guaranteed Rate Field, sparing themselves the embarrassm­ent of leaving this four-game series having taken over for the hosts as owners of the game’s worst record.

The Orioles (16-34) made quick work of White Sox starter Lucas Giolito by sending nine men to the plate in each of the first two innings. In the first, Pedro Alvarez and Craig Gentry walked with the bases loaded to plate a run apiece, then two Orioles scored on a single by rookie catcher Chance Sisco.

Trey Mancini and Adam Jones led off the second inning with back-to-back home runs — Mancini’s seventh and Jones’s eighth — and the Orioles tacked on a third run on another Gentry walk once Giolito was chased.

RBI singles by Manny Machado and Alvarez in the third marked the end of their hour-long catharsis, breaking the frustratio­n caused by their 19 total runs and two wins in eight games since their 17-1 dismantlin­g of the Tampa Bay Rays on May 13 made it five wins in six. Things have only gotten worse since, and the Orioles leave Chicago only percentage points ahead of the White Sox (15-32) for the league’s worst record, .320 to .319.

Bundy struck out a career-high 14, one shy of the franchise record. His strikeout of Charlie Tilson in the eighth was his 300th as a starting pitcher. He reached that plateau in 53 starts, topping the previous fastest in franchise history, Tom Phoebus in 1968, by a game.

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