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Orioles recap: Reimold hits three-run homer to break tie, lift O's over White Sox

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said at the start of his team's four-game series against the Chicago White Sox that the upside of the heavily left-handed Sox starting rotation was the opportunity, among other things, to get reserve outfielder Nolan Reimold some at-bats.

Reimold apparently liked that idea, because he has opened the O's homestand with back-to-back multihit games and launched a tie-breaking three-run home run off the top of the right field scoreboard to carry his team to a 6-3 victory before 19,912 Friday night at Oriole Park.

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Afterward, he said that with no outs, runners at first and second and the game tied in the seventh inning, he didn't expect to get the opportunity to swing away.

"I was looking down to see if I would get the bunt sign," he said. "Then it was just the regular approach, get a good pitch to hit and hit it. ... I don't really get the bunt sign too much, but I was ready to do it if it was there, so as soon as I saw it wasn't there, I was ready to hit."

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Though he has not had a lot of playing time, Reimold has three homers in just 31 at-bats and is batting .355 with a .394 on-base percentage. He said afterward that he is enjoying his healthy start and the opportunity to contribute when called upon.

"It feels good," he said. "It's a good start, but a long year obviously. I'm just going to try and keep it up and do the little things and try to keep some momentum when I get out there."

The win was the Orioles third in a row and guaranteed a split of the series with the White Sox, who had arrived in Baltimore as the hottest team in the major leagues.

Orioles starter Mike Wright pitched six innings and was effective in his fourth start, giving up just two runs on five hits. He left with a chance to even his record at 2-2, but the White Sox tied the game in the seventh.

Sox defense rests

The Orioles couldn't have scored three runs in the fifth without some help from the Sox defense. Brett Lawrie misplayed a routine double-play ball off the bat of Matt Wieters during the buildup to Jonathan Schoop's two-run single and Jimmy Rollins sailed a relay throw into the Orioles dugout on a second routine double- play opportunity to account for the third run.

Jones' gem

Adam Jones bailed Wright out of a big jam in the sixth inning with a nice running catch and a perfect strike to Wieters to cut down what would have been the tying run at the plate. The bases were loaded and a run was already in after Wright allowed a pair of walks and a pair of soft singles. Melky Cabrera's soft fly ball into the gap in right center looked like it might fall in, but Jones charged it and made a perfect one-hop throw.

Wieters deserved a little credit for picking the short hop and making a perfect tag to erase Rollins.

The five

The Orioles' oft-maligned starting rotation took a very solid turn this week, with every member pitching well enough to combine for a 2.54 ERA over the past five games. Ubaldo Jimenez was the only starter to give up as many as three earned runs and he still got credit for a quality start on Tuesday night. The rotation pitched a total of 28 1/3 innings and allowed just 20 hits and 10 walks (1.06 WHIP).

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