Chris Davis drove in three runs, including a solo home run for his MLB leading 32nd of the season, while Scott Feldman tossed six strong innings in his Baltimore Orioles debut as the Birds beat the Chicago White Sox 4-2.
Chicago brought in left handed pitcher Matt Thorton to face Davis in the top of the eighth with two runners on, one out and the game tied at two. The White Sox did the same thing on Tuesday Night and Davis smoked a line drive to right field, but right at Alex Rios for the out. Last night Thorton was not so lucky as Davis pulled a hanging breaking ball down the right field line to score both Adam Jones and Nick Markakis to give the Orioles a 4-2 lead.
It was not the first time Davis broke a tie in the game however. Crush delivered his MLB leading 32nd home run of the season, a solo shot to the opposite field in the top of the fourth to break a 1-1 tie. It was quite a night for Davis who is one home run shy and two RBI shy of eclipsing his career high numbers that he set last year…..it is July 4th!
Jones knocked in the first run of the game in the first inning with a RBI single to score Markakis. Baltimore's first three hitters of the inning reached base, but the Birds could not capitalize further in the inning by stranding two.
The run in the first gave Scott Feldman (0-0) an early one run lead for his Orioles debut before even taking the mound. Unfortunately for Feldman he would relinquish that lead in the bottom of the first, but performed good damage control in escaping the first with just one run allowed. After the first Feldman seemed to settle in and his command greatly improved. Feldman only allowed one more run over the next five innings and put the Orioles in a great position to win the game.
Orioles' fans have to be happy with what they saw from their newly acquired starting pitcher last night as he showed good command, the ability to get the strikeout when needed and proved he can pitch in tough situations. Feldman finished the night with six innings pitched, while allowing two runs on six hits, ZERO walks and six strikeouts. Out of his 98 pitches, 60 went for strikes.
Darren O'Day, Tommy Hunter and Jim Johnson combined to toss three scoreless innings in relief, while O'Day (4-0) picked up the win. Johnson tossed a scoreless ninth, but it was not the smoothest of innings as he fell behind four of the five batters he faced and allowed two hits in the inning, but found a way to get three outs before allowing any runs, and ultimately that is all that matters. For Johnson it was his league leading 29th save of the season.
Markakis, Jones and Davis each had two hits a piece to lead the offense and Markakis actually reached base four times in the game by adding two walks on the night.
Baltimore will look to take the series today as they send Zach Britton (2-2) to the mound tonight against Chicago's Jose Quintana (3-2). The Boston Red Sox continue to keep on winning and the O's remained 3 1/2 games back of the division lead.
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