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Orioles recap: Defense, bullpen don't make it easy, but Birds beat White Sox, 7-5

Orioles recap: Defense, bullpen don't make it easy, but Birds beat White Sox, 7-5

A pair of pillars for the Orioles' success this season — their bullpen and their defense — conspired to make a comfortable game close again Friday at U.S. Cellular Field.

It still wasn't enough to stop them from sealing a 7-5 win over the Chicago White Sox, thanks to a pair of home runs by streaking designated hitter Pedro Alvarez and a 16-hit barrage before an announced 26,553.

"The game is not always fair,” manager Buck Showalter said. “But any time you’re on a rough, challenging road trip like this, you like to have guys start with a good night and a frame of mind to go forward."

Alvarez's second home run kicked off a...

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