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Davis' pinch-hit walk-off HR propels Orioles past White Sox

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BALTIMORE -- Hours after reaching the low point of a disappointing and frustrating season, Chris Davis conjured memories of last year with one mighty swing of the bat.

Davis interrupted a rare stint on the bench with a pinch-hit, three-run homer in the ninth inning to give the Baltimore Orioles a 6-4 victory against the Chicago White Sox on Monday night.

Davis was excluded from the starting lineup after batting .130 in his previous 14 starts. Called upon by manager Buck Showalter with runners on first and second and one out in the ninth, Davis launched a 3-2 pitch from Ronald Belisario (3-4) into the seats in right field.

"Any time you're able to deliver and come through for your team, it's big," Davis said. "Like I said earlier today, I'm working as hard as I can to get back on track."

Davis, who led the majors in home runs and RBI last year, started the game in the dugout with a .216 batting average and 78 strikeouts in 218 at-bats. When it came time to deliver, though, he was ready.

"There's no woe is me," Showalter said. "He knows at some point the club's going to need a good at-bat from him and he prepared himself for it from about the fifth inning on."

Davis ended his night with a celebration at the plate, followed by a pie to the face from teammate Adam Jones during the post-game TV interview.

"It was chocolate," Davis said. "He told me he was going to pie me before he even came out there, and [I said], 'Make sure it's something tasty.' I appreciate him letting me taste it before he smashed it in my face."

Jones and Caleb Joseph also hit home runs for the Orioles, who trailed 4-2 in the eighth before rallying to hand the White Sox their fifth consecutive defeat.

Brad Brach (1-0) pitched two hitless innings for Baltimore.

Jose Abreu hit his 22nd home run and drove in three runs for Chicago, which went 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position. Still, the White Sox were poised to win before Davis connected.

"You got to be able to close it out," manager Robin Ventura said. "It's not easy, especially when they got a guy like Chris on their bench."

White Sox starter Chris Sale gave up a career-high 11 hits in six innings but was in position to earn his seventh victory after leaving with a 3-2 lead. The left-hander walked one, hit a batter and had a season-low three strikeouts.

"My own manager was calling me Houdini," Sale said.

Chicago trailed 2-1 until Abreu led off the sixth with a drive over the wall in center. Dayan Viciedo followed with a double and Conor Gillaspie chased starter Wei-Yin Chen with a run-scoring double.

An RBI double by Abreu made it 4-2 in the seventh. The rookie ranks third in the AL in home runs and is tied for third with 60 RBI.

Joseph hit his second homer in two games, a solo shot off Zach Putnam in the eighth. The drive capped the rookie's first career three-hit game.

That set the stage for Davis' 13th home run. He hit 53 last year.

Baltimore went up 2-0 in the first inning when Steve Pearce walked and Jones followed with a drive to center that bounced off the top of the wall, only the fifth home run allowed by Sale this season.

Chicago got a run back in the third. Adam Eaton reached on an infield hit, Gordon Beckham doubled and Abreu hit a run-scoring groundout.

In the bottom half, Sale struck out Delmon Young and J.J. Hardy after the Orioles put runners on the corners with one out. One inning later, Baltimore loaded the bases with one out before Pearce hit a short fly and Jones struck out.

The trend continued in the fifth, when three consecutive singles filled the bases with no outs. After Manny Machado hit into a force at the plate, Jonathan Schoop bounced into a 4-6-3 double play.

Notes

Jones' HR was his 151st with Baltimore, tying Chris Hoiles for 10th place on the Orioles' career list. Of his 14 HR this season, 10 have been solo shots. ... Eaton has reached base in 18 consecutive games, the longest streak by a White Sox left-handed batter since Juan Pierre had an 18-game run in 2011. ... Miguel Gonzalez makes his second career start against the White Sox on Tuesday night. Lefty Jose Quintana starts for Chicago. .... Pearce's career-high run of five consecutive multihit games ended. ... The crowd of 17, 931 pushed the season total at Camden Yards of 1 million after 33 home dates, two games ahead of last year.

 
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In a rare pinch-hitting appearance, Chris Davis cracks a three-run homer to give Baltimore a dramatic victory.  (USATSI)
In a rare pinch-hitting appearance, Chris Davis cracks a three-run homer to give Baltimore a dramatic victory. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

C. Davis
AB 1
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Chicago

J. Abreu
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Adam Eaton, CF5110001 .272
Gordon Beckham, 2B3010101 .269
Jose Abreu, DH4123001 .274
Dayan Viciedo, LF3110102 .246
   Alejandro De Aza, LF0000000 .216
Alexei Ramirez, SS3010103 .300
Paul Konerko, 1B4000003 .219
Conor Gillaspie, 3B4011002 .337
Moises Sierra, RF4000012 .184
Tyler Flowers, C4110020 .241
Chris Sale, P0000000 .000
   Javy Guerra, P0000000 .000
   Zach Putnam, P0000000 .000
   Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
Totals3448433  
Batting
2B - Gordon Beckham (14, Chen), Jose Abreu (16, Webb), Dayan Viciedo (18, Chen), Alexei Ramirez (11, Chen), Conor Gillaspie (18, Chen)
HR - Jose Abreu (22, Chen)
RBI - Jose Abreu 3 (60), Conor Gillaspie (27)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Abreu (19), Conor Gillaspie (14)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Beckham-A. Ramirez-Konerko, Beckham-A. Ramirez-Konerko-Beckham-A. Ramirez-Konerko
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Sale 61122131 2.27
Javy Guerra (H,1) 1100020 2.19
Zach Putnam (H,9) 1111011 2.22
Ronald Belisario (L,3-4; BS,4) 0.1233011 5.50
WP - Javy Guerra (1)
HBP - Markakis (by Chris Sale), Jones (by Ronald Belisario)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Sale 107-75, Javy Guerra 21-16, Zach Putnam 15-11, Ronald Belisario 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Sale 6-7, Zach Putnam 2-0
Batters Faced - Chris Sale 29, Javy Guerra 4, Zach Putnam 4, Ronald Belisario 4
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Nick Markakis, RF4000002 .293
Steve Pearce, 1B4210103 .336
Adam Jones, CF4222013 .296
Nelson Cruz, LF5020022 .295
Delmon Young, DH4030012 .314
   a-Chris Davis, PH-DH1113000 .219
J.J. Hardy, SS4010024 .294
Manny Machado, 3B4010003 .230
Jonathan Schoop, 2B4010011 .223
Caleb Joseph, C3131000 .176
Wei-Yin Chen, P0000000 .000
   Ryan Webb, P0000000 .000
   Brad Brach, P0000000 .000
Totals37615617  
a-homered for Young in the 9th
Batting
2B - Delmon Young (5, Guerra), Caleb Joseph (4, Sale)
HR - Adam Jones (14, Sale), Chris Davis (13, Belisario), Caleb Joseph (2, Putnam)
SH - Caleb Joseph (3)
RBI - Adam Jones 2 (47), Chris Davis 3 (40), Caleb Joseph (7)
2-OUT RBI - Caleb Joseph (1)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Hardy-Pearce
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wei-Yin Chen 5.2633231 3.84
Ryan Webb 1.1211000 2.65
Brad Brach (W,1-0) 2000100 4.87
Pitches-Strikes - Wei-Yin Chen 98-68, Ryan Webb 22-15, Brad Brach 24-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wei-Yin Chen 8-6, Ryan Webb 1-3, Brad Brach 1-4
Batters Faced - Wei-Yin Chen 25, Ryan Webb 6, Brad Brach 6
Game Information
Attendance - 17931
Game Time - 3:08
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Al Porter, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Marty Foster