Carroll County Times

Orioles top White Sox in 12 innings

BALTIMORE -- After a 69-minute rain delay before the 10th inning, David Lough scored on a wild pitch in the 12th inning and the Orioles beat the White Sox 5-4 on Wednesday before 22,020 at Camden Yards.

Baltimore's Nelson Cruz hit a game-tying grand slam in the fourth inning to tie the game 4-4 in the eighth inning.

After Nick Hundley led off the 12th with a walk, Lough pinch ran and advanced to third on a single by Nick Markakis. Then, with Steve Pearce at the plate, Chicago reliever Daniel Webb threw one past catcher Tyler Flowers and Lough plated the winning run.

Tommy Hunter (2-1) earned the win for Baltimore, striking out Paul Konerko to end the 12th. The Orioles' bullpen combined for 5 2-3 innings of scoreless relief.

The Orioles (41-36) struggled offensively until the eighth inning. Nick Hundley and Nick Markakis led off with back-to-back singles. After reliever Zach Putnam retired Pearce and Jones on flyballs, Chicago's Scott Downs entered to face Davis and walked him.

Chicago manager Robin Ventura made his third pitching change of the inning, bringing in Javy Guerra to face Cruz. The Orioles' designated hitter hit a ball the opposite way to right, just clearing fence for a grand slam, his 24th homer of the season, to tie the game 4-4.

Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez was solid for the first six innings. He gave up a solo home run to Jose Abreu to lead off the fourth inning, the Chicago first baseman's 23rd of the season.

Then after walking Alejandro De Aza to lead off the fifth, Jimenez surrendered a one-out RBI triple to Adam Eaton that gave the White Sox a 2-0 lead.

The seventh inning was when things took a turn for the worse for Jimenez as Chicago (36-43) doubled its lead. Dayan Viciedo walked to lead off the inning and a double from De Aza gave the Sox runners on second and third with none out.

Tyler Flowers drove both of them in with a long single to left-center, on which he was thrown out by Pearce trying to stretch it into a double.

Jimenez walked just two batters after walking three or more in each of his six previous starts. However, the right-hander's ERA is now 6.28 in eight home outings.

In 15 of Jimenez's 16 starts this year, Baltimore has scored three runs or less while he was in the game. The Orioles have scored no runs for Jimenez in five of those 15.

Baltimore didn't get a runner to second base until the seventh, once Jimenez had already exited. Manny Machado singled to right with two outs off White Sox starter Hector Noesi, but J.J. Hardy couldn't score from second and stopped at third. But Ryan Flaherty flew out to end the scoring threat.

Baltimore was 1 for 18 with runners in scoring position Monday and Tuesday, and was an abysmal 2 for 22 in the series prior to Cruz's slam.

White Sox starter Hector Noesi gave up two runs on nine hits over seven innings. The right-hander cruised until allowing two singles without recording an out in the eight.

Noesi walked none and didn't allow a runner past first base for the first six innings.