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|Chi. White Sox (33-48)||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||2||9||0|
"I think the big thing with him is just getting the opportunity," said Feldman, his teammate in Texas. "He's always been a really talented and strong guy. He'd go down to the minor leagues and do the same thing every time. But then he'd get back up, and it was kind of inconsistent with the playing time. It was a different situation over there, obviously."
Feldman wasn't bad in his first appearance for Baltimore, pitching six solid innings. And the Orioles hung on to win for the fifth time in six games after the White Sox threatened against Jim Johnson in the ninth.
Chicago had the tying runs on after Conor Gillaspie and Jeff Keppinger singled with one out, putting men on first and second. Johnson struck out Gordon Beckham looking and retired pinch-hitter Jordan Danks on a bouncer to the mound for his 29th save in 34 attempts.
Davis delivered the big hits for Baltimore.
"I think it's more a feeling of comfort than anything else," he said. "I feel comfortable in the box. I feel like I'm seeing the ball well and getting good pitches to hit. I feel comfortable hitting with no strikes, one strike or two strikes."
Already the club record holder for home runs before the All-Star break, he added to it leading off the fourth against Hector Santiago when he drove the first pitch just inside the foul pole to the left-field bullpen. That gave the Orioles a 2-1 lead, which Beckham wiped out when he led off the fifth with his first homer, but Davis came through again with one out in the eighth.
"They've got a guy that's hitting .330," Beckham said. "Driving in a million runs and hitting a million home runs. He's really good. It's tough to say anything about our side, when he's doing what he's doing."
Feldman looked sharp for Baltimore after being acquired in a trade with the Cubs the previous day. The right-hander allowed two runs and six hits and struck out six without a walk despite staying up until about 4 a.m. after flying back from Oakland -- mostly because of the excitement.
He knew when he signed a one-year deal with the rebuilding Cubs there was a good chance he'd be dealt if he pitched well, and that's exactly what happened. He landed on a contender that's now 11 games over .500, matching a season high.
"I'm going to miss those guys, but I'm looking forward to a fresh start here and trying to get into the playoffs and do some things in the postseason," Feldman said.
Santiago pitched well, giving up two runs and five hits in seven innings. The left-hander tied a season-high with nine strikeouts while walking two after getting hit hard in his previous start against Cleveland. But on a night when the Stanley Cup made an appearance, with the Blackhawks' Patrick Sharp and Brandon Bollig throwing out first pitches, the White Sox took their 24th loss in 33 games.
"I think if there's anything that could go wrong this year for the White Sox, it's gone wrong," said Crain, one of Chicago's top trade assets.
|Chris Davis (right) celebrates after hitting his major league-leading 32nd home run in the Orioles' win over the White Sox. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Nick Markakis, RF||3||2||2||0||2||1||0||.291|
|Manny Machado, 3B||5||0||1||0||0||3||5||.320|
|Adam Jones, CF||5||1||2||1||0||1||3||.293|
|Chris Davis, 1B||4||1||2||3||0||1||2||.331|
|Matt Wieters, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.226|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.259|
|Nate McLouth, LF||3||0||1||0||1||1||0||.285|
|Nolan Reimold, DH||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.196|
|Brian Roberts, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.333|
|a-walked for Reimold in the 9th|
|2B - Chris Davis (26, Thornton), Nate McLouth (17, Troncoso), Nolan Reimold (3, Santiago)|
|HR - Chris Davis (32, Santiago)|
|SH - Brian Roberts (1)|
|RBI - Adam Jones (59), Chris Davis 3 (83)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Darren O'Day (W,4-0)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||2.19|
|Tommy Hunter (H,11)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.96|
|Jim Johnson (S,29)||1||2||0||0||0||1||0||3.83|
|Pitches-Strikes - Scott Feldman 98-60, Darren O'Day 15-10, Tommy Hunter 10-5, Jim Johnson 17-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Feldman 9-3, Darren O'Day 2-1, Tommy Hunter 2-1, Jim Johnson 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Scott Feldman 24, Darren O'Day 4, Tommy Hunter 3, Jim Johnson 5|
|Chicago (A.L.) White Sox|
|Alejandro De Aza, CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.261|
|Alexei Ramirez, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.280|
|Alex Rios, RF||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.268|
|Adam Dunn, 1B||4||0||1||1||0||0||0||.199|
|Dayan Viciedo, LF||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.237|
|Conor Gillaspie, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||2||2||.257|
|Jeff Keppinger, DH||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.252|
|Gordon Beckham, 2B||4||1||2||1||0||1||3||.331|
|Tyler Flowers, C||3||0||0||0||0||2||2||.206|
|Jordan Danks, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.135|
|a-grounded out for Flowers in the 9th|
|2B - Alejandro De Aza (16, Feldman), Adam Dunn (8, Feldman), Jeff Keppinger (5, Feldman)|
|HR - Gordon Beckham (1, Feldman)|
|RBI - Adam Dunn (55), Gordon Beckham (9)|
|2-OUT RBI - Adam Dunn (30)|
|SB - Alex Rios (15, 2nd base off Feldman/Wieters)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - A. Ramirez-Beckham-Dunn|
|Chicago (A.L.) White Sox|
|Matt Lindstrom (L,2-3)||0.1||2||2||2||0||1||0||3.31|
|IBB - Markakis by Ramon Troncoso|
|Pitches-Strikes - Hector Santiago 123-75, Matt Lindstrom 10-6, Matt Thornton 11-7, Ramon Troncoso 24-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hector Santiago 4-7, Ramon Troncoso 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Hector Santiago 27, Matt Lindstrom 3, Matt Thornton 3, Ramon Troncoso 6|
|Attendance - 26001|
|Game Time - 3:01|
|Temperature - 68|
|Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Joe West|