BALTIMORE -- The American League East-leading Orioles used Nolan Reimold's three-run homer to record a 6-3 win over the White Sox on Friday night at Camden Yards.
Reimold's blast came off White Sox starter Carlos Rodon and was just the third extra-base hit surrendered by the lefty all season. Jonathan Schoop also drove in a pair of runs for the Orioles, who tagged Rodon with six runs (four earned) over seven innings.
"Fastball away is what we were going for. Honestly, I thought he was going to bunt," Rodon said of Reimold. "But now that I think about, I remember going through the scouting report, and he's a guy that has good power the other way. And, sure enough, he showed it on that pitch."
Second baseman Brett Lawrie homered for Chicago off reliever Brad Brach in the seventh after making a costly error that led to an Orioles three-run fifth. O's starter Mike Wright gave up two runs over six innings and worked his way out of a few jams.
"I think my reaction showed it pretty well," said Wright, who joined Adam Jones in a very emotional reaction while running off the field in the top of the sixth inning, after Jones completed a double play with a throw to the plate. "That was huge. That's something I've been looking for in all of my outings, one play to go like that so I have a good start, and I definitely owe him. That's a big play."
"We had a chance. Jones made a great play in center field to throw out Jimmy, but we had a chance there. Melky [Cabrera] hit it hard. It was just right at him," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said.
Avisail Garcia suffered a right mid-hamstring strain running out the last play of Friday's game. He is considered day to day and will be re-evaluated Saturday.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Reimold's big blast: The Orioles left fielder has come up big in limited playing time this season, with Friday's blast the latest example. Reimold ambushed Rodon's first pitch of the at-bat for an opposite-field homer that hit off the visiting scoreboard for his third blast of the year.
"I don't really get the bunt sign too much," Reimold said. "I was looking, ready to do it if it was there. As soon as I saw it wasn't there, I was ready to hit." More >
O's cash in on an odd fifth: The Orioles used a pair of White Sox errors to score three runs (one earned) in the fifth inning. Twice the O's avoided a double-play ball, first on Lawrie's error, which put Matt Wieters on, and then on Jimmy Rollins' air-mailed throw that sailed over first base. They did have one miscue of their own, with Jones getting caught in a rundown on J.J. Hardy's grounder to erase the lead runner and record the first out.
Not this time, White Sox: The White Sox pushed across a run in the sixth, cutting the lead to 3-2. They then tried to tie the game later in the inning on Cabrera's fly ball to center with the bases loaded, but Jones made a perfect throw to the plate that nailed Rollins to let the Orioles remain in front.
"For one Mike was making great pitches. So you feel like at some point something is going to fall his way," Wieters said. "When Adam's got that ball, he's made that play quite a few times since I've been here. When you have that kind of experience to go back on, I kind of saw it happening before it happened."
Yes, this time, White Sox: Lawrie, who made his Major League debut at Oriole Park five years ago, atoned for that untimely error two innings later when he greeted Brach with a leadoff homer in the seventh. That tied the game at 3-3 before the Orioles took the lead for good in the bottom half.
"If you think you are going to get Adam to back off from playing that way, you are kidding yourself. He can't play the game any other way. That's why you like him so much. That's why you trust him effort-wise, and if you ever take that away from him -- that aggressiveness -- you might as well not play him." -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter, on Jones
"You make a mistake like that late in the game, and you're going to pay for it against these big league hitters." -- Rodon, on the pitch that Reimold hit for a three-run homer
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The Orioles are 9-1 at Camden Yards this season, which is the best home record in baseball.
Jones was honored in a pregame ceremony on Friday as Jones was presented with the 2015 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award by teammate Darren O'Day. More >
In the top of the fourth with nobody out and Jose Abreu on first, Todd Frazier hit a grounder to shortstop. The Orioles attempted to turn a double play, but Abreu was called out at second while Frazier was ruled safe. The Orioles challenged the ruling both for infractions of the slide rule as well as the call at first. Officials determined there was no violation of the slide rule but overturned the safe call at first base.
In the bottom of the eighth, with nobody out and Mark Trumbo on first, Jones hit into a double play. The Orioles challenged the out ruling at second, but the call stood after officials could not definitively determine that Lawrie's foot was not on the second base bag when the ball entered his glove.
WHAT'S NEXT White Sox: Right-hander Mat Latos will try to improve to 5-0 when he takes the mound on Saturday at 6:05 p.m. CT against the Orioles in the third game of a four-game weekend series. Latos has won in his first four starts for the first time in his career and helped the White Sox to their fast start.
Orioles: Orioles righty Kevin Gausman will take the mound for his second start on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. ET. Gausman struck out seven in his season debut, but he was forced from the game after five innings with a high pitch count. Still, the righty showed some encouraging signs in Monday's game vs. the Rays.