White Sox slip past O's for fourth straight win

White Sox slip past O's for fourth straight win

CHICAGO -- PInch-hitter J.B. Shuck doubled off reliever Darren O'Day to bring home Gordon Beckham with the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and the White Sox held on for a 3-2 victory Saturday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox won their fourth straight, while the Orioles have lost five of six.

That advantage was preserved in the ninth when Avisail Garcia made a leaping catch over the right-field wall to take away a Chris Davis homer.

"We've had some things go our way. We've had a few breaks gone on our side of the game," said White Sox closer David Robertson, who picked up save No. 18. "We've picked up a few wins because of it. Guys are battling hard and playing hard every day. It's nice to pick up some wins in a row."

Shuck's go-ahead double

White Sox starter Jeff Samardzija took a no-hitter into the sixth, but settled for three hits allowed over 7 2/3 innings before manager Robin Ventura lifted him after issuing a two-out walk to Ryan Flaherty in the eighth. Zach Putnam relieved Samardzija after his 111th pitch, and on Putnam's second pitch, Manny Machado launched a two-run homer down the left-field line to tie the game.

Machado's two-run homer

Samardzija didn't allow anything close to a hit over the first five innings, with Carlos Sanchez erasing the one viable opportunity with two outs in the fourth when he threw out Adam Jones on a grounder up the middle. The no-hitter ended when Flaherty grounded a single to center with two outs in the sixth.

The White Sox scored one in the first off of Chris Tillman and added a second run in the fifth, knocking Tillman from the game. Jose Abreu tripled and scored on Melky Cabrera's sacrifice fly to left for the second tally. Tillman lasted only 4 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on 10 hits, while striking out four and walking one.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED

Keep him in or pull him? Samardzija threw seven shutout innings last Sunday in Detroit but was touched up for four runs in the eighth, culminating with Victor Martinez's bases-clearing double when Ventura left him in to face the switch-hitting designated hitter. Ventura pulled Samardzija after a two-out walk Saturday, but that plan didn't pan out either when Machado went deep off of Putnam.

"You never want to come out of a game, you know," Samardzija said. "But me and [manager] Robin [Ventura] talked a little bit after that last game, and he did a great job there. He's protecting me. I had a great day, and he was going to let it be that and we got tons of confidence in our bullpen. It was a good move, and we'll save the argument for the next time, right?"

Samardzija's nine strikeouts

Orioles missing offense: With just one hit through the first six innings, Machado broke the O's 26-inning scoreless streak with the game-tying two-run shot. But that was it as Baltimore -- coming off back-to-back shutout losses-- has scored two runs since the seventh inning of Wednesday's game.

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"He was just on," Machado said of Samardzija. "He was throwing all his pitches for strikes and throwing it well. It's just one of those days he was throwing the ball well and we weren't hitting." More >

Flaherty breaks up no-hitter

Norris in relief: After official word Saturday morning that Norris would be moved to the bullpen, the Orioles wasted no time in using him. The righty, who has a 6.79 ERA in 11 starts, came in following Tillman and stranded a pair of runners in the fifth inning. Norris went on to pitch 2 2/3 innings, and was tagged with the decisive run -- the only run he allowed -- after a leadoff eighth-inning walk.

"Really good. Real impressive," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Norris. "We felt like it might play like that potentially. I'm sure he might make some starts for us before the year is over, but the club has a need there and he served it real well today. Proud of him." More >

QUOTABLE
"It does a lot. We're starting to gel a little bit more, have a little bit more fun, and realize if we have fun and just play baseball, we're gonna win some games. And that's what we're kind of doing, you can start to see it show on the field."-- Shuck, on the White Sox four-game winning streak

"Most balls that Chris hits out there, you think [are out]. But the ball wasn't carrying that well today. Couple balls I thought were going to go deeper than they did. [Garcia] made a heck of a play, but I don't assume it, I didn't know for sure." -- Showalter, on if he thought Davis' ball was out of the park

WHAT'S NEXT
Orioles: Miguel Gonzalez will get the ball for Baltimore in Sunday's 2:10 p.m. ET series finale. The righty, taking the mound in place of the demoted Norris, is 6-5 with a 4.04 ERA.

White Sox: Carlos Rodon makes his first start since June 25 in Detroit as the White Sox gave the rookie left-hander an extended break to control his first-year innings. First pitch for Rodon's start is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. CT at U.S. Cellular Field.

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