BALTIMORE –- The Orioles started two rookies in Thursday’s doubleheader with the Chicago White Sox. One got the win, and the other one nearly pitched well enough.
Mike Wright picked up his second win by lasting five innings in the second game, beating the Chicago White Sox 6-3 before 18,441 at Oriole Park.
In the first game, Tyler Wilson stopped by long enough to allow two runs in six innings in a 3-2 loss. The Orioles struck out 16 times.
Wilson (1-1), who pitched twice in relief last week, was recalled from Norfolk as the 26th man, and he was returned to the Tides after the game.
"Yeah, that was awesome. Tyler did such a good job. He actually did better than me, but ended up getting the loss,” Wright said.
Wright wasn’t as dazzling as he was in his first two starts when he pitched 14 1/3 shutout innings.
Oliver Drake, Brad Brach, Darren O’Day and Zach Britton combined to pitch four hitless innings, though Drake walked three. Britton picked up his 13th save.
Each of the Orioles’ seven relievers worked in the doubleheader, and manager Buck Showalter said it’s possible that he’ll make a change in the bullpen for Friday’s game.
Chris Sale (4-2) worked 7 2/3 shutout innings in the first game, giving up four hits and striking out 12.
Chris Davis hit his 11th home run, a two-run shot in the ninth to prevent the shutout.
Adam Eaton led off the second game with a home run.
Manny Machado led off the Orioles’ first with a triple off Chris Beck (0-1), who was making his major league debut. With one out, Jimmy Paredes walked. Machado scored on Adam Jones’ infield out, and Davis’ ground-rule double gave the Orioles a 2-1 lead.
Adam LaRoche’s two-run home run in the third, his fifth of the season, put the White Sox (21-25) ahead 3-2.
With one out in the third, Jones singled, Davis walked and Jones scored on Steve Clevenger’s single to left field. Davis scored on J.J. Hardy’s infield single, and the Orioles (22-24) led 4-3.
Wright (2-0) pitched five innings, allowing three runs on six hits.
Travis Snider’s first RBI in 21 games scored Ryan Flaherty in the bottom of the sixth. Flaherty doubled, moved to third on David Lough’s bunt and came home when Snider lined a ball just past Emilio Bonifacio at second.
Lough’s infield single scored Clevenger in the seventh for a 6-3 lead.
“Our offense hasn’t been producing [with] people in scoring position, so it’s good that in the last couple of days, we’ve been hitting the ball well when there’s runners on,” Machado said.
Thursday’s doubleheader was necessitated when last month’s riots postponed games of Apr. 27 and 28. The crowdless game of Apr. 29 followed.
Wilson (1-1) allowed two runs in the sixth. Eaton led off with a walk. He scored on Melky Cabrera’s double, and with one out, LaRoche’s double drove home Cabrera.
“That really came down to the ballgame, that inning. I've got to be little bit better to start the inning,” Wilson said.
Wilson did well enough to satisfy Showalter.
“Gave us a chance to win. Just matched up against one of the best pitchers in baseball. Sale had everything going today,” Showalter said.
Zach Duke struck out Machado in the eighth inning and the third baseman was ejected by home plate umpire Toby Basner after he slammed his bat. Machado asked Basner It was his third career ejection. The 22-year-old doesn’t find it particularly concerning.
“Why would it be? I’ve got hopefully 20 more years in my pocket to play baseball. There’s going to be more where that came from,” Machado said.
Chicago scored a run off Tommy Hunter in the ninth when Tyler Flowers’ fielder’s choice scored J.B. Shuck.
Davis hit two home runs on Wednesday and one in Thursday’s first game.
“I feel good in the box, starting to get some hits and do some things right. I think the last couple weeks I’ve been a little more patient for the most part. I had some game where I was a little too aggressive, but I feel like I’ve walked a lot more and had a little bit better at-bats,” Davis said.
Jake Petricka struck out Snider for his first save. Snider was the 16th Orioles batter to strike out.
NOTES: The win tied Showalter with Whitey Herzog for 35th place on the all-time win list for managers with 1,281. … Wei-Yin Chen has been confirmed as Saturday’s starter. The Orioles wanted to see how he did in his side session before they made a decision on him. … The Orioles and Tampa Bay open a three-game series on Friday night. Miguel Gonzalez (5-3, 3.83) faces Nathan Karns (3-2, 3.71).