Villar, Orioles beat White Sox 5-4 in doubleheader opener
(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
By MATT CARLSON
CHICAGO (AP) Jonathan Villar and the Baltimore Orioles bounced back nicely after a tough start.
All the way to a sorely needed victory.
Villar hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly, and Baltimore stopped a four-game slide by rallying for a 5-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday in the opener of a doubleheader.
Richie Martin opened the eighth inning with a triple into the right-field corner off Kelvin Herrera (0-1). Villar then hit a fly ball to center, and Martin scored easily when Adam Engel's throw landed up the third base line.
"I think it says a lot about our character," Martin said. "We were down four runs in the third. We're never gonna give up, no matter what the score is, no matter how bad things get, we're going to keep pushing."
"We escaped there," manager Brandon Hyde said. "We just had a couple of innings defensively that we have not had, so that was disappointing, but I was happy with the way we came back and played well for the rest of the game."
Chicago had won three in a row and four of six. Abreu extended his hitting streak to nine games and drove in two runs, but the White Sox blew a 4-0 lead.
Martin hit an RBI double as Baltimore chased Carlos Rodon with a three-run fourth. Dwight Smith Jr. tied it at 4 with a run-scoring double in the seventh.
Rodon was charged with three runs and five hits in 3 2/3 innings. He threw 41 pitches to six hitters in the fourth.
"We tried to get him out more than anything because it was a lot of pitches," manager Rick Renteria said. "He was leaving pitches out over. They were obviously doing a lot with it."
The doubleheader was scheduled after Tuesday night's game was postponed by rain.
The White Sox got off to fast start, taking advantage of three early errors by the Orioles. Abreu drove in Leury Garcia with a double in the first and a single in the third. Yoan Moncada scored when Yonder Alonso reached on an error on first baseman Renato Nunez, and Nicky Delmonico added an RBI single.
Abreu went 2 for 5. He is batting .475 (19 for 40) with 16 RBIs during his hitting streak.
Orioles right-hander David Hess allowed four runs, one earned, and four hits in 4 1/3 innings.
Evan Marshall pitched 1 1/3 perfect innings in relief of Rodon in his White Sox debut. Marshall was promoted from Triple-A Charlotte before the doubleheader.
Marshall went 4-7 with a 5.15 ERA in 101 games with Arizona, Seattle and Cleveland over parts of the previous five seasons.
Right-hander Thyago Vieira was sent down to make room for Marshall, and then added to the roster again to serve as the 26th player for the second game.
Orioles: OF Trey Mancini returned after missing two games with a bruised right index finger. He went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts. ... Hyde said RHP Alex Cobb (lower back) continues to undergo therapy in Baltimore.
White Sox: RHP Lucas Giolito (left hamstring strain) could start Thursday in the opener of four-game series against Boston. Manager Rick Renteria said he would confirm his starter after Wednesday's nightcap. ... RHP Michael Kopech, who underwent Tommy John surgery last September, was in Chicago for an examination. General manager Rick Hahn said last week the pitching prospect is on track to return at the start of spring training in 2020.
Updated May 1, 2019