Wilkerson HR helps Orioles beat White Sox 4-3 for series win

BALTIMORE (AP) An unusual, second-chance home run enabled the Baltimore Orioles to put a satisfying finish on a homestand that began with four straight defeats.

Stevie Wilkerson hit his first major league homer , John Means pitched five effective innings on his birthday and the Orioles beat the Chicago White Sox 4-3 Wednesday night to secure their second winning streak of the season.

After dropping three in a row to the Twins and opening against Chicago with a 12-2 loss, the Orioles won the next two games against the White Sox to capture their first series since April 1-3 in Toronto. The two successive victories are Baltimore's most since a four-game run that began at Yankee Stadium on March 30, and improved its record at Camden Yards to 3-10.

''We haven't been playing our best baseball here at home,'' manager Brandon Hyde said. ''I thought we played better on the road, so it's nice to play a couple really good games here.''

Wilkerson's solo shot off Ervin Santana (0-2) put the Orioles up 4-1 in the fourth. Earlier in the at-bat, Wilkerson walked to first base after apparently being hit by a pitch, but the White Sox challenged the call and, following a replay, the call was overturned.

''It wasn't a surprise,'' Wilkerson said.

Three pitches later, he capped his 53rd big league at-bat by sending a hanging slider into the center-field bleachers.

''It felt good to round the bases,'' Wilkerson said. ''It was a weird at-bat before that.''

Making his third major league start, Means (3-2) marked his 26th birthday with a career-high six strikeouts. The lefty allowed one run and four hits.

Mychal Givens worked the final two innings for his first save. After allowing an RBI double to Jose Abreu in the ninth, Givens threw a wild pitch before striking out James McCann.

The right-hander then got Yoan Moncada to hit a two-out grounder to shortstop Richie Martin, who made a nice grab moving to his left before throwing to first. Martin had entered as a defensive replacement in the top of the inning.

''Heck of a play,'' Hyde said.

Chicago manager Rick Renteria said, ''We had a nice run of guys that were going to give us an opportunity. We just fell short. Yoan put a good swing on that pitch.''

Still trying to regain the form that enabled him to win 16 games for Minnesota in 2017, Santana gave up four runs in 4 2/3 innings. The 36-year-old has a 9.45 ERA in three starts with Chicago after going winless last year during an injury-riddled season with the Twins.

''I'm going to take the positive from that outing to the next one,'' the right-hander said. ''That's the main key for me. I'm getting there.''

The Orioles went up 2-0 in the first when Dwight Smith Jr. and Renato Nunez hit successive two-out doubles and Rio Ruiz delivered an RBI single.

Down 4-1, the White Sox got a run in the sixth and threatened for more. After Baltimore reliever Evan Phillips hit Ryan Cordell with a pitch to force in a run, Jose Rondon struck out and Paul Fry came in to retire pinch-hitter Nicky Delmonico on a grounder.

NO DAVIS

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis missed the game to tend to a personal matter, Hyde said. He is expected to rejoin the team in Minnesota on Friday.

WRIGHT MOVE

The Orioles obtained minor league infielder Ryne Ogren from Seattle for right-hander Mike Wright, who was designated for assignment by Baltimore on Sunday.

Wright was 0-1 with a 9.45 ERA this year and 10-12 lifetime over five seasons.

Ogren, 22, was drafted in the 12th round by the Mariners in 2018. The Orioles assigned him to Class A Delmarva.

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: Starter Lucas Giolito (hamstring) will throw from the mound on Friday. Renteria said, ''As long as he's doing well and we're comfortable, he'll be back sometime soon.'' ... John Jay (groin) took batting practice and was throwing on Wednesday. There is no timetable for his return.

Orioles: RHP Nate Karns (forearm tightness) will make a rehab appearance Thursday with Class AA Bowie.

UP NEXT

White Sox: After taking Thursday off, Chicago starts Carlos Rodon (3-2, 2.89 ERA) in the opener of a three-game series against the visiting Detroit Tigers.

Orioles: Following an off day Thursday, Baltimore begins a three-game series in Minnesota. The Orioles haven't defeated the Twins since the 2018 season opener.

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CHW9-14
001001001390
BAL10-16
21010000X480
  • W: J. Means (3-2)L: E. Santana (0-2)S: M. Givens (1)
  • HR: BAL - S. Wilkerson (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Garcia LF-CF41200110.278.316.378.6944.5
T. Anderson SS51100013.383.405.580.9851.5
J. Abreu 1B40220111.231.311.440.7506.5
J. McCann C51300022.349.391.535.9263.0
Y. Moncada 3B40000105.309.363.585.9481.0
W. Castillo DH30100100.178.339.333.6732.0
R. Cordell RF30010021.296.345.593.9371.0
J. Rondon 2B30000023.276.323.448.771-1.0
a- Y. Alonso PH10000001.179.297.333.6300.0
Y. Sanchez PR-2B00000000.230.309.262.5710.0
A. Engel CF20000010.143.189.286.475-0.5
b- N. Delmonico PH-LF20000004.125.222.125.3470.0
  • a-hit into fielder's choice for Rondon in the 8th
  • b-grounded out for Engel in the 6th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Villar SS-2B40000012.274.342.425.766-0.5
T. Mancini DH40100002.337.391.606.9971.0
D. Smith LF41100011.286.327.527.8542.5
R. Nunez 1B41210000.301.356.538.8945.0
R. Martin SS00000000.172.250.224.4740.0
R. Ruiz 3B-1B40110001.238.333.338.6712.0
S. Wilkerson RF31111011.125.125.500.6255.5
J. Rickard CF31100000.219.288.411.6984.0
H. Alberto 2B-3B20110000.283.302.350.6524.0
P. Severino C20000100.250.325.528.8531.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - L. Garcia (6), J. Abreu 2 (7)
    • RBI - J. Abreu 2 (19), R. Cordell (5)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Abreu (2)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Anderson, J. McCann, Y. Moncada 5 (5), N. Delmonico 4 (4)
    BATTING
    • 2B - D. Smith (7), R. Nunez (4)
    • 3B - J. Rickard (2)
    • HR - S. Wilkerson
    • SF - H. Alberto
    • RBI - R. Nunez (18), R. Ruiz (9), S. Wilkerson, H. Alberto (6)
    • 2-Out RBI - R. Nunez (3), R. Ruiz (3)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Mancini 2 (2), D. Smith, S. Wilkerson
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - H. Alberto
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Fry-Anderson-Abreu)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    E. Santana (L, 0-2)4.26440119.451.88-2.5
    J. Fry1.11000206.751.503.0
    N. Jones1.01001003.721.551.0
    J. Ruiz1.00000009.532.473.0
    PITCHERSIP
    E. Santana (L, 0-2)4.2
    J. Fry1.1
    N. Jones1.0
    J. Ruiz1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Means (W, 3-2)5.04111601.741.1119.0
    E. Phillips (H, 2)0.22111204.001.56-3.0
    P. Fry (H, 4)1.11001103.181.061.5
    M. Givens (S, 1)2.02111104.501.259.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Means (W, 3-2)5.0
    E. Phillips (H, 2)0.2
    P. Fry (H, 4)1.1
    M. Givens (S, 1)2.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - E. Santana 71-48, J. Fry 14-10, N. Jones 17-9, J. Ruiz 7-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Santana 5-8, J. Fry 1-0
    • Batters Faced - E. Santana 20, J. Fry 4, N. Jones 5, J. Ruiz 3
    PITCHING
    • WP - M. Givens (3)
    • HBP - E. Phillips (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Means 92-56, E. Phillips 20-12, P. Fry 29-18, M. Givens 36-23
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Means 4-5, P. Fry 3-0, M. Givens 3-2
    • Batters Faced - J. Means 20, E. Phillips 6, P. Fry 6, M. Givens 9
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
    123456789RHE
    CHW9-14
    001001001390
    BAL10-16
    21010000X480
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    L. Garcia LF-CF41200110.278.316.378.6944.5
    T. Anderson SS51100013.383.405.580.9851.5
    J. Abreu 1B40220111.231.311.440.7506.5
    J. McCann C51300022.349.391.535.9263.0
    Y. Moncada 3B40000105.309.363.585.9481.0
    W. Castillo DH30100100.178.339.333.6732.0
    R. Cordell RF30010021.296.345.593.9371.0
    J. Rondon 2B30000023.276.323.448.771-1.0
    a- Y. Alonso PH10000001.179.297.333.6300.0
    Y. Sanchez PR-2B00000000.230.309.262.5710.0
    A. Engel CF20000010.143.189.286.475-0.5
    b- N. Delmonico PH-LF20000004.125.222.125.3470.0
    Total36393041020-----
    HITTERSAB
    L. Garcia LF-CF4
    T. Anderson SS5
    J. Abreu 1B4
    J. McCann C5
    Y. Moncada 3B4
    W. Castillo DH3
    R. Cordell RF3
    J. Rondon 2B3
    a- Y. Alonso PH1
    Y. Sanchez PR-2B0
    A. Engel CF2
    b- N. Delmonico PH-LF2
    Total36
    • a-hit into fielder's choice for Rondon in the 8th
    • b-grounded out for Engel in the 6th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Villar SS-2B40000012.274.342.425.766-0.5
    T. Mancini DH40100002.337.391.606.9971.0
    D. Smith LF41100011.286.327.527.8542.5
    R. Nunez 1B41210000.301.356.538.8945.0
    R. Martin SS00000000.172.250.224.4740.0
    R. Ruiz 3B-1B40110001.238.333.338.6712.0
    S. Wilkerson RF31111011.125.125.500.6255.5
    J. Rickard CF31100000.219.288.411.6984.0
    H. Alberto 2B-3B20110000.283.302.350.6524.0
    P. Severino C20000100.250.325.528.8531.0
    Total304841137-----
    HITTERSAB
    J. Villar SS-2B4
    T. Mancini DH4
    D. Smith LF4
    R. Nunez 1B4
    R. Martin SS0
    R. Ruiz 3B-1B4
    S. Wilkerson RF3
    J. Rickard CF3
    H. Alberto 2B-3B2
    P. Severino C2
    Total30
      BATTING
      • 2B - L. Garcia (6), J. Abreu 2 (7)
      • RBI - J. Abreu 2 (19), R. Cordell (5)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Abreu (2)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Anderson, J. McCann, Y. Moncada 5 (5), N. Delmonico 4 (4)
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Smith (7), R. Nunez (4)
      • 3B - J. Rickard (2)
      • HR - S. Wilkerson
      • SF - H. Alberto
      • RBI - R. Nunez (18), R. Ruiz (9), S. Wilkerson, H. Alberto (6)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. Nunez (3), R. Ruiz (3)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Mancini 2 (2), D. Smith, S. Wilkerson
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - H. Alberto
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Fry-Anderson-Abreu)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Santana (L, 0-2)4.26440119.451.88-2.5
      J. Fry1.11000206.751.503.0
      N. Jones1.01001003.721.551.0
      J. Ruiz1.00000009.532.473.0
      Total8.0844131---
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Santana (L, 0-2)4.2
      J. Fry1.1
      N. Jones1.0
      J. Ruiz1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Means (W, 3-2)5.04111601.741.1119.0
      E. Phillips (H, 2)0.22111204.001.56-3.0
      P. Fry (H, 4)1.11001103.181.061.5
      M. Givens (S, 1)2.02111104.501.259.5
      Total9.09334100---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Means (W, 3-2)5.0
      E. Phillips (H, 2)0.2
      P. Fry (H, 4)1.1
      M. Givens (S, 1)2.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Santana 71-48, J. Fry 14-10, N. Jones 17-9, J. Ruiz 7-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Santana 5-8, J. Fry 1-0
      • Batters Faced - E. Santana 20, J. Fry 4, N. Jones 5, J. Ruiz 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - M. Givens (3)
      • HBP - E. Phillips (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Means 92-56, E. Phillips 20-12, P. Fry 29-18, M. Givens 36-23
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Means 4-5, P. Fry 3-0, M. Givens 3-2
      • Batters Faced - J. Means 20, E. Phillips 6, P. Fry 6, M. Givens 9
      • 9TH INNING
        Abreu doubled to left center, Garcia scored34
      • 6TH INNING
        Cordell hit by pitch, McCann scored, Moncada to third, Castillo to second24
      • 4TH INNING
        Wilkerson homered to right center14
      • 3RD INNING
        Abreu doubled to deep right, Anderson scored13
      • 2ND INNING
        Alberto hit sacrifice fly to left, Rickard scored03
      • 1ST INNING
        Ruiz singled to left center, Nunez scored02
        Nunez doubled to deep right center, Smith scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Richie Martin at shortstop
        • L. Garcia: Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia doubled to shallow left
        • T. Anderson: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Anderson grounded out to third, Garcia to third
        • J. Abreu: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Abreu doubled to left center, Garcia scored
        • J. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Abreu to third on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
        • Y. Moncada: Moncada grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Mychal Givens relieved Paul Fry
        • W. Castillo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Castillo walked
        • R. Cordell: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Cordell flied out to deep center
        • Yonder Alonso hit for Jose Rondon
        • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Alonso reached on fielder's choice to second, Castillo out at second
        • Yolmer Sanchez ran for Yonder Alonso
        • N. Delmonico: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Delmonico popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Jose Ruiz relieved Nate Jones
        • D. Smith: Ball, Foul, Smith fouled out to catcher
        • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Nunez flied out to center
        • R. Ruiz: Ruiz flied out to deep left
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • P. Fry Pitching:
        • L. Garcia: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
        • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Anderson grounded out to first
        • J. Abreu: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Abreu walked
        • J. McCann: McCann singled to right, Abreu to third
        • Y. Moncada: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Moncada hit into double play shortstop to second, McCann out at second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Nate Jones relieved Jace Fry
        • J. Rickard: Strike looking, Ball, Rickard flied out to deep center
        • H. Alberto: Strike looking, Alberto singled to left
        • P. Severino: Foul, Ball, Ball, Alberto stole second, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Severino walked
        • J. Villar: Strike looking, Villar flied out to left
        • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mancini flied out to center
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Evan Phillips relieved John Means
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Abreu struck out looking
        • J. McCann: Ball, McCann singled to deep right center
        • Y. Moncada: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Moncada walked, McCann to second
        • W. Castillo: Ball, Castillo reached on an infield single to shortstop, McCann to third, Moncada to second
        • R. Cordell: Strike looking, Ball, Cordell hit by pitch, McCann scored, Moncada to third, Castillo to second
        • J. Rondon: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike looking, Rondon struck out looking
        • Nicky Delmonico hit for Adam Engel
        • Paul Fry relieved Evan Phillips
        • N. Delmonico: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Delmonico grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Fry Pitching:
        • R. Nunez: Ball, Nunez singled to left
        • R. Ruiz: Strike looking, Ruiz grounded into double play pitcher to shortstop to first, Nunez out at second
        • S. Wilkerson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Wilkerson struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Means Pitching:
        • J. Rondon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Rondon struck out swinging
        • A. Engel: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Engel struck out swinging
        • L. Garcia: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Garcia walked
        • T. Anderson: Strike swinging, Anderson flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Santana Pitching:
        • P. Severino: Severino grounded out to third
        • J. Villar: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Villar grounded out to second
        • T. Mancini: Mancini singled to center
        • Jace Fry relieved Ervin Santana
        • D. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Means Pitching:
        • Y. Moncada: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Moncada flied out to deep center
        • W. Castillo: Strike looking, Foul, Castillo grounded out to third
        • R. Cordell: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Cordell struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Santana Pitching:
        • R. Ruiz: Ruiz flied out to deep left
        • S. Wilkerson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Wilkerson homered to right center
        • J. Rickard: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Rickard fouled out to third
        • H. Alberto: Foul, Foul, Ball, Alberto grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Means Pitching:
        • A. Engel: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Engel fouled out to first
        • L. Garcia: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Garcia grounded out to third
        • T. Anderson: Ball, Anderson singled to left
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Abreu doubled to deep right, Anderson scored
        • J. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Santana Pitching:
        • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Mancini popped out to second
        • D. Smith: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Smith flied out to right
        • R. Nunez: Ball, Strike looking, Nunez popped out to second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Means Pitching:
        • W. Castillo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Castillo grounded out to second
        • R. Cordell: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cordell struck out swinging
        • J. Rondon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Rondon grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Santana Pitching:
        • J. Rickard: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Rickard tripled to deep right
        • H. Alberto: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Alberto hit sacrifice fly to left, Rickard scored
        • P. Severino: Strike looking, Severino grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Villar: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Villar struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Means Pitching:
        • L. Garcia: Strike looking, Garcia singled to right center
        • T. Anderson: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
        • J. Abreu: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Abreu flied out to right
        • J. McCann: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, McCann singled to right, Garcia to second
        • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Moncada flied out to center
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Santana Pitching:
        • J. Villar: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Villar flied out to center
        • T. Mancini: Foul, Ball, Mancini grounded out to second
        • D. Smith: Smith doubled to deep center
        • R. Nunez: Strike swinging, Foul, Nunez doubled to deep right center, Smith scored
        • R. Ruiz: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ruiz singled to left center, Nunez scored
        • S. Wilkerson: Wilkerson popped out to third
        • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)