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Engel's HR in 10th propels White Sox to season sweep of O's

Engel's HR in 10th propels White Sox to season sweep of O's

Adam Engel hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning and the Chicago White Sox rolled into the All-Star break with a 7-5 victory over Baltimore to complete a season sweep of the OriolesBy PATRICK STEVENS Associated PressJuly 11, 2021, 9:48 PM• 5 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBALTIMORE — Adam Engel hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning and the Chicago White Sox rolled into the All-Star break Sunday with a 7-5 victory over Baltimore to complete a season sweep of the Orioles.Andrew Vaughn homered twice for the White Sox, who have won five in a row and 10 of 13 overall. Chicago leads the AL Central by eight games over Cleveland.“I think we’ve won games in a bunch of different ways this year with a bunch of different guys,” Engel said. “Guys are figuring out what it takes to win. Being the better team isn’t going to guarantee any wins and being the lesser team doesn’t mean you’re going to lose.”The White Sox went 7-0 against Baltimore this season. It is the first time in franchise history Chicago has swept a season series of at least seven games against any team, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.Pinch-hitter Trey Mancini’s two-out, two-run homer in the Orioles ninth made it 4-all. He’ll take part in the All-Star Home Run Derby on Monday night at Coors Field in Denver.Baltimore has lost four in a row and is 1-7 in July. The Orioles have dropped eight consecutive games to the White Sox dating back to 2019, their longest skid in the series since another eight-game slide in 1989-90.“It’s just a tough loss because you like to see guys battle back and win those type of games,” Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said.Chicago swept a series at Camden Yards for the first time since 2005.Yoán Moncada led off the Chicago 10th with a walk to join automatic runner Tim Anderson on base. Tyler Wells (2-1) retired the next two batters, but Engel went deep to left-center to make it 7-4.“I kind of called it — I’m not going to lie,” Vaughn said. “If you ask (bench coach) Miguel Cairo, I said, ‘Here comes a three-run homer,’ and it happened. It was pretty cool. I just felt it. I don’t know why. I felt it the bones. He’s been super clutch for us this year and that was a big swing.”Matt Foster recorded two outs for his first career save.Chicago was poised to close it out in the ninth after closer Liam Hendriks (4-2) struck out his first two hitters before Ramón Urías’ single. Mancini, perhaps warming up for his Derby appearance, connected for his second career pinch-hit homer and first since 2017.Vaughn put the White Sox ahead 4-2 in the sixth. After reliever Paul Fry hit Engel and walked Leury García, Vaughn greeted Cole Sulser with a three-run drive.Austin Hays’ two-run homer in the first was Baltimore’s only damage against Chicago starter Dylan Cease, who struck out six in five innings.Baltimore starter Spenser Watkins allowed one run — Vaughn’s homer in the fourth — in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out four before being lifted after completing two turns through the White Sox order.Anderson extended his hitting streak to 12 with a fifth-inning single.TRAINER’S ROOMWhite Sox: OF Eloy Jiménez (torn left pectoral tendon) went 1 for 3 with a walk and a run and played seven innings in left field Sunday for Class A Winston-Salem in the second game of his rehabilitation assignment. He served as the DH in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday.Orioles: 1B Ryan Mountcastle left the game with a bruised left forearm after being hit by a pitch from Cease in the first. X-rays were negative. Hyde said he is optimistic Mountcastle will be ready after the All-Star break. … SS Freddy Galvis (right quadriceps strain) and RHP Hunter Harvey (right lat strain) could both return by the end of July. Galvis will begin rehab work in Florida this week.O’S PITCHING WOESOrioles starting pitchers have logged at least six innings in just seven of 58 games since lefty John Means’ no-hitter on May 5. Means, who has been on the injured list since June 6, has three of those outings. Baltimore starters have gone 16 games in a row without a six-inning stint, and made it through five just twice in that span.The Orioles are 13-45 since Means’ no-hitter.“We threw the ball well the first month and kind of hung around .500ish, and since the Means no-hitter we haven’t been able to stay in games on the mound,” Hyde said. “Our rotation is beat up. We don’t have good numbers. Our bullpen is taxed because of it, so a lot of concern there. We somehow have to get our starting pitchers to go a little bit longer.”UP NEXTWhite Sox: Chicago returns home after the All-Star break on Friday for a three-game series against the Astros. The White Sox suffered a four-game sweep at Houston last month.Orioles: Baltimore begins a six-game road trip Friday at Kansas City. The Orioles have not faced the Royals since 2019.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Sheets homers, Keuchel strong as White Sox beat Orioles 12-1

Sheets homers, Keuchel strong as White Sox beat Orioles 12-1

Baltimore-area native Gavin Sheets homered in his first trip to Camden Yards as a major leaguer, and Chicago White Sox routed the Baltimore Orioles 12-1By PATRICK STEVENS Associated PressJuly 10, 2021, 3:25 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBALTIMORE — Baltimore-area native Gavin Sheets homered in his first trip to Camden Yards as a major leaguer, and Chicago White Sox routed the Baltimore Orioles 12-1 Friday night.Sheets, whose father, Larry, hit 84 home runs in six seasons with the Orioles in the 1980s, said before the game it felt weird to arrive in Baltimore as a visitor earlier in the week. Whatever unease he had was long gone when he smashed a pitch from César Valdez to right-center in the seventh inning.It was the 25-year-old rookie’s third homer overall for the AL Central leaders.“That home run was a really cool moment, not just for me but for my family,” Sheets said. “My dad was in the first row and he was the first person I saw when I touched home. I think that was a cooler moment for him than any time he played. I think he would tell me the same thing, just seeing the joy he had. It was a special moment for both of us.”José Abreu reached base four times and drove in three runs and Tim Anderson had three hits for the White Sox, who have won three in a row and eight of their last 11 and show little sign of slowing down with the All-Star break approaching.“There were questions about whether our guys would get distracted and not be as ready for the weekend as we should be, and it was a resounding yes — we’re going to play the last three games as good and as hard as we can,” Chicago manager Tony La Russa said.Dallas Keuchel (7-3) scattered seven hits over seven innings, yielding one run to earn his first road victory since May 17. Keuchel improved to 4-0 with a 2.70 ERA in his last seven starts against the Orioles.Baltimore has dropped four of five this month. It has lost six in a row to Chicago — a streak that dates back to 2019 — for the first time since a six-game skid in 1998.Anderson, who extended his hitting streak to 10 games, scored on Brian Goodwin’s double in the third and Abreu’s single in the fifth. Both runs came against Baltimore starter Jorge López (2-12), who leads the majors in losses. Lopez gave up eight hits in four-plus innings.Anderson’s two-run double was the only hit of the White Sox’s four-run burst in the sixth. Goodwin’s bases-loaded walk and Adam Engel’s ensuing sacrifice fly made it 6-1 as Chicago capitalized on five walks in the inning.“Definitely affected the game, there’s no doubt about it,” Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said. “In a 2-1 game there, we walk the seven- and eight-hole hitters. It’s not a recipe to win.”Sheets’ homer started a three-run seventh. His dad, who hit a career-high 31 home runs for the Orioles in 1987, was part of a contingent of about 50 friends and family members in attendance. Some even donned T-shirts with Sheets’ name and No. 32 printed on the back.“I know those aren’t in stores yet, so I know they had someone make them,” said Sheets, who debuted June 29.Abreu hit a two-run double later in the seventh. Engel added a three-run homer in the ninth.Baltimore shortstop Ramón Urias led off the second with a homer to left. Anthony Santander nearly did the same in the fourth, but an umpire review ruled his shot to right-center was actually a double. Keuchel retired the next three batters to strand Santander at second.TRAINER’S ROOMWhite Sox: OF Eloy Jiménez will now begin a rehabilitation assignment Saturday after at Class A Winston-Salem’s game Friday was rained out. Jiménez underwent surgery March 30 after suffering a torn pectoral in spring training.Orioles: LHP John Means (shoulder strain) allowed four runs (two earned) in three innings Friday during a rehab start at Double-A Bowie. Hyde said Means would probably return to Baltimore’s rotation during a July 19-21 series at Tampa Bay. … INF Richie Martin (wrist) has started hitting work and could come off the 60-day injured list in late July or early August.UP NEXTWhite Sox: RHP Lucas Giolito (6-6, 4.20 ERA) allowed one run and struck out a season-high 12 in seven innings on May 30 against Baltimore.Orioles: RHP Thomas Eshelman (0-1, 7.16), who has never faced the White Sox, has not completed five innings in any of his four starts this season.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

McGuire hits 3 doubles as Ryu, Blue Jays beat Orioles 7-4

McGuire hits 3 doubles as Ryu, Blue Jays beat Orioles 7-4

Reese McGuire had three doubles during a four-hit performance, leading Hyun Jin Ryu and the Toronto Blue Jays past the Baltimore Orioles 7-4By PATRICK STEVENS Associated PressJune 20, 2021, 9:42 PM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBALTIMORE — Reese McGuire had three doubles during a four-hit performance, leading Hyun Jin Ryu and the Toronto Blue Jays past the Baltimore Orioles 7-4 Sunday.Toronto, which snapped a five-game skid by erasing a three-run deficit with two outs in the ninth inning Saturday on the way to a 10-7 victory, won in less stressful fashion in the series finale. The Blue Jays claimed their first set since sweeping two games from Miami on June 1-2 while also getting back to .500.“As a whole, this was a huge series for us,” said McGuire, who enjoyed his first four-hit day since Aug. 8, 2019, against the New York Yankees. “To roll into the off day, but also as we approach the All-Star break and try to inch ourselves closer to the lead in the AL.”Trey Mancini homered twice for Baltimore, which has dropped 10 of its last 11 and is an American League-worst 23-48.Ryu (6-4) breezed through seven innings aside from Mancini’s solo shot in the first. Ryu gave up three hits and walked one while striking out four and retiring 17 of the last 18 batters he faced.“He was locating, and that’s a key for him,” Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said. “It’s key for any pitcher, but when he locates with his pitches, he’s tough to hit because he keeps people off balance when he does that.”Ryu is 2-0 with a 0.95 ERA in three starts against Baltimore since joining the Blue Jays last season. Ryu’s last strikeout Sunday was the 806th of his career, tying him with Byung-hyun Kim for the second most among South Korea-born pitchers. Chan Ho Park had 1,715.Baltimore closed within 6-4 on Pedro Severino’s solo homer and Mancini’s two-run drive — the 100th home run of his career — off Trent Thornton in the eighth.Mancini reached the milestone with his 14th homer of the year after missing all of 2020 while undergoing treatment for colon cancer.“There were a lot of times last year where I felt I would always be stuck on 86 and not get the opportunity to hit any more,” Mancini said. “It’s definitely something I cherish and don’t take for granted.”Tyler Chatwood handled the ninth for his first save since 2019 and the Blue Jays’ first since May 30.Toronto got to Baltimore starter Matt Harvey (3-9) in the fifth inning. Bo Bichette’s one-out RBI single tied it at 1 and, after a walk, Teoscar Hernández’s double gave the Blue Jays the lead. Randal Grichuk and Cavan Biggio followed with RBI singles to make it 4-1 and end Harvey’s afternoon.Harvey allowed four runs on nine hits in 4 1/3 innings and struck out five. He is 0-8 with an 11.49 ERA in nine starts since May 7, and has not completed five innings once in that span.“The stuff was good early and obviously it wasn’t there in the fifth,” Harvey said. “I’m kicking myself. With the stuff I had early, I should have been in the sixth, seventh inning and there should be a lot less runs on the board.”McGuire drove in a run on a double in the eighth, then scored on Bichette’s single. He added an RBI single in the ninth.TRAINER’S ROOMBlue Jays: Toronto reinstated Hernández from the paternity list and optioned OF Jared Hoying to Triple-A Buffalo. Hoying was 0 for 3 in two games with the Blue Jays. … RHP Jeremy Beasley was optioned to Buffalo after the game. … General manager Ross Atkins said LHP Steven Matz (COVID-related) has thrown up to 70 pitches and could rejoin the Blue Jays this week in Miami. …. LHP Ryan Borucki (forearm flexor strain) has thrown off a mound, while RHP Julian Merryweather (oblique strain) could do so soon. … RHP Rafael Dolis (middle finger strain) threw a bullpen session Saturday.SEASON HIGHThe Orioles announced a crowd of 14,917, their largest of the season. Baltimore, which expanded to full capacity on June 1, had its second-largest crowd of 2021 on Friday when it drew 13,284.UP NEXTBlue Jays: Toronto has Monday off. The Blue Jays begin a two-game series at Miami with RHP Ross Stripling (2-4, 4.64 ERA) getting the nod.Orioles: LHP Keegan Akin (0-2, 5.76), who threw a career-high 5 2/3 innings at Cleveland on Wednesday, draws the start as Baltimore opens a three-game series Monday against Houston.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports