Tillman’s luck ran out in the sixth, however, when he loaded the bases with nobody out on a double, a walk and a bunt single. After striking out Willy Garcia, he gave up a pair of runs on Melky Cabrera’s two-run single. After he was replaced by Jimmy Yacabonis, two more runs would score on a bases-loaded walk to Jose Abreu and a Leury Garcia sacrifice fly. Tillman lasted 5 1/3 innings and was left on the hook for five runs, marking the fourth consecutive outing he’s allowed five or more to score.
White Sox left-hander David Holmberg, who was making likely his last start before returning to the bullpen, was solid despite not being able to provide much length. He departed in the fifth with a 1-0 lead, but was on the hook as the Orioles tied the game on a bloop RBI double from Caleb Joseph — which had a Statcast™ hit probability of 7 percent — off Anthony Swarzak in the fifth. Holmberg went 4 1/3 innings, allowing a run on four hits while throwing 76 pitches.
Welington Castillo homered for the second consecutive day for the Orioles, launching a solo shot to left-center off White Sox closer David Robertson to cut the lead to three in the ninth, but that’s as close as Baltimore would close the gap.
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Davidson does it again: Matt Davidson has wrecked the Orioles over the course of the week’s four-game set. The 26-year-old continued his torrid power stretch, giving the White Sox a 1-0 advantage with a fourth-inning leadoff homer against Tillman. It was the fourth consecutive game in which Davidson homered. He is the first White Sox player to go deep in each game of a four-game set since Paul Konerko in 2010, and the first Sox player to homer in four consecutive games since Alex Rios in 2013. None came cheap, either. Each of the four home runs traveled at least 400 feet, according to Statcast™ projections. More >
No One’s There: The White Sox quickly got to Tillman in the sixth, putting a pair on with Davidson’s double to left and a walk to Yolmer Sanchez. Kevan Smith tried to keep the line moving with a sacrifice bunt, but found himself on first base after no Orioles player fielded it. Two batters later, Cabrera drove home the go-ahead runs, breaking open the decisive inning for the White Sox.
Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago who covered the White Sox on Thursday.
Brian Hedger is a contributor to MLB.com based in Chicago who covered Orioles on Thursday.
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