Chicago at Baltimore

Final 12th
W: T. Hunter (2-1) L: D. Webb (4-2)
HR: CHW - J. Abreu (23)   BAL - N. Cruz (24)

Orioles 5, White Sox 4 (12) wire reports

BALTIMORE -- As poorly as they played for the first seven innings, it seemed hard to imagine the Baltimore Orioles would be celebrating an uplifting victory well after midnight.

Then again, strange things happen when the Chicago White Sox are involved.

Nelson Cruz hit a game-tying grand slam in the eighth inning and David Lough scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the 12th to give the Orioles a 5-4 victory Wednesday night.

Nick Markakis had four hits for the Orioles, who won two of three from Chicago -- twice in their last at-bat.

"It's big," Lough said. "That's our second walk-off win against these guys. They're a good team. Give credit to them and their pitching staff for holding us."

The Orioles didn't get a runner past first base against White Sox starter Hector Noesi until the seventh inning and trailed 4-0 entering the eighth. Noesi was pulled after giving up two straight singles, and Scott Downs walked Chris Davis to load the bases with two outs.

Chicago manager Robin Ventura summoned Javy Guerra, the fourth pitcher of the inning, to face Cruz. On a 2-1 pitch, Cruz launched an opposite-field drive that barely cleared the wall in right field. It was his 24th home run, the second grand slam of the season and eighth of his career.

"I had the chance to do some damage in a couple of at-bats before then, but I grounded into a double play twice," Cruz said. "It feels good to get the home run to tie the game."

Said Lough: "That's a big-time clutch hit right there, as big as it gets. That's who we want at the plate, because he leads this team. You see what he's capable of doing and the numbers he's put up. He's a special player."

Neither team threatened before the grounds crew came with the tarp as soon as the ninth inning ended. Rain delayed the start of the 10th for 69 minutes.

Nick Hundley opened the bottom of the 12th with a walk off Daniel Webb (4-2) and Lough entered as a pinch-runner. Lough took third on a single by Markakis and scored easily when Webb uncorked a pitch that got past catcher Tyler Flowers.

"It's tough to lose like that," Ventura said. "Hector threw a great game, but we couldn't hold onto it. We've got to be able to be better at the end."

Tommy Hunter (2-1) got the final out in the Chicago 12th to earn the win.

"It didn't look like it was a 4-4 game or it ended up being 5-4 in the first seven innings," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "Eight innings. Whatever it was. It seems like yesterday. It was yesterday."

Jose Abreu hit his 23rd home run for the White Sox, Adam Eaton tied a career high with four hits and Flowers drove in two runs. Abreu has four homers and 10 RBIs during his current 10-game hitting streak.

None of it mattered.

"The way we played, we should have (won), but the baseball gods must be upset with us in some way, shape, or form," Eaton said.

Baltimore starter Ubaldo Jimenez allowed four runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings. The right-hander left the mound in danger of absorbing his ninth loss, but Cruz's slam took Jimenez off the hook.

Until Cruz connected, Noesi and the White Sox dominated.

Abreu provided Chicago a 1-0 lead by hitting the first pitch of the fourth inning into the seats in left.

In the fifth, Alejandro De Aza drew a leadoff walk and scored on a triple by Eaton. The Orioles pulled the infield in, and that resulted in Eaton being thrown out at the plate on a grounder to third.

Flowers hit a two-run single in the seventh to make it 4-0. That seemingly provided a bit of breathing room for the White Sox, whose previous seven games were decided by two runs or fewer.

Unfortunately for Chicago, the lead didn't hold up.

"That was my fault, I put this game on myself," Guerra said. "I have to be better in that situation, no matter what. I need to understand the situation. I feel bad for the team in general because I know I let everyone down."

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Players of the Game

N. Markakis
AB 6
R 1
H 4
HR 0

A. Eaton
AB 5
R 0
H 4
HR 0

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Adam Eaton, CF5041110 .284
Gordon Beckham, 2B6000013 .260
Conor Gillaspie, 3B6010024 .333
Jose Abreu, 1B5121101 .276
Adam Dunn, DH4010021 .229
   Leury Garcia, PR-DH0000000 .232
   a-Paul Konerko, PH-DH1000012 .217
Alexei Ramirez, SS5000012 .297
Dayan Viciedo, RF3110111 .247
   Moises Sierra, RF1000010 .182
Alejandro De Aza, LF4210112 .222
Tyler Flowers, C5012010 .241
Hector Noesi, P0000000 .000
   Zach Putnam, P0000000 .000
   Scott Downs, P0000000 .000
   Javy Guerra, P0000000 .000
   Jake Petricka, P0000000 .000
   Daniel Webb, P0000000 .000
a-struck out for Garcia in the 12th
2B - Adam Eaton (10, Matusz), Adam Dunn (11, Jimenez), Alejandro De Aza (11, Jimenez)
3B - Adam Eaton (6, Jimenez)
HR - Jose Abreu (23, Jimenez)
RBI - Adam Eaton (22), Jose Abreu (61), Tyler Flowers 2 (23)
SB - Adam Eaton (7, 2nd base off Jimenez/Hundley), Leury Garcia (8, 2nd base off Webb/Hundley)
Team LOB - 10
DP - A. Ramirez-Beckham-Abreu, A. Ramirez-Beckham-Abreu-A. Ramirez-Beckham-Abreu
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
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Zach Putnam (H,10) 0.2000000 2.17
Scott Downs 0011100 6.08
Javy Guerra (BS,1) 1.1111021 2.63
Jake Petricka 2100120 2.11
Daniel Webb (L,4-2) 0111100 3.31
IBB - Davis by Jake Petricka
WP - Hector Noesi (4), Daniel Webb (8)
Pitches-Strikes - Hector Noesi 84-61, Zach Putnam 9-5, Scott Downs 9-5, Javy Guerra 19-13, Jake Petricka 33-20, Daniel Webb 8-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hector Noesi 9-8, Javy Guerra 2-0, Jake Petricka 2-2
Batters Faced - Hector Noesi 28, Zach Putnam 2, Scott Downs 1, Javy Guerra 5, Jake Petricka 8, Daniel Webb 2
Baltimore Orioles
Nick Markakis, RF6140001 .296
Steve Pearce, LF5000004 .331
Adam Jones, CF5010004 .297
Chris Davis, 1B3110201 .222
Nelson Cruz, DH5114004 .293
J.J. Hardy, SS5020020 .292
Manny Machado, 3B5010011 .236
Ryan Flaherty, 2B5000022 .205
Nick Hundley, C4120110 .240
   David Lough, PR0100000 .182
Ubaldo Jimenez, P0000000 .000
   Brad Brach, P0000000 .000
   Darren O'Day, P0000000 .000
   Zach Britton, P0000000 .000
   Ryan Webb, P0000000 .000
   Brian Matusz, P0000000 .000
   Tommy Hunter, P0000000 .000
HR - Nelson Cruz (24, Guerra)
RBI - Nelson Cruz 4 (64)
2-OUT RBI - Nelson Cruz 4 (23)
Team LOB - 8
Outfield Assists - Steve Pearce 1
DP - Hardy-Flaherty-Davis
Baltimore Orioles
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Brad Brach 0.2000000 4.71
Darren O'Day 1100010 1.41
Zach Britton 1000100 1.56
Ryan Webb 1.1100020 2.55
Brian Matusz 1.1100120 3.95
Tommy Hunter (W,2-1) 0.1000010 5.18
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HBP - Dunn (by Ryan Webb)
Pitches-Strikes - Ubaldo Jimenez 100-65, Brad Brach 8-4, Darren O'Day 14-9, Zach Britton 16-8, Ryan Webb 19-15, Brian Matusz 24-12, Tommy Hunter 4-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ubaldo Jimenez 8-4, Brad Brach 2-0, Darren O'Day 1-1, Zach Britton 3-0, Ryan Webb 1-0
Batters Faced - Ubaldo Jimenez 28, Brad Brach 2, Darren O'Day 4, Zach Britton 4, Ryan Webb 5, Brian Matusz 6, Tommy Hunter 1
Game Information
Attendance - 22020
Game Time - 4:03
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Paul Emmel, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Al Porter