BALTIMORE — A two-run double by Tim Anderson and five walks in the sixth inning alone gave the Sox a big-time rally to beat the Baltimore Orioles 12-1 Friday at Camden Yards.
Dallas Keuchel (7-3) pitched a solid game, only allowing one home run in the second inning. He finished the game with one run on seven hits and one walk, striking out three through seven innings.
Two walks in a row and a perfectly placed bunt by Seby Zavala set Anderson (3-for-5) up for the two-run double in the sixth. The Orioles walked three in a row, allowing Anderson to score from third. Anderson has hit in nine of his last 10 games.
Adam Engel finished the day with four RBIs. José Abreu drove in three runs and Brian Goodwin had two RBIs on the night.
Maryland native Gavin Sheets started a second rally in the seventh inning by hitting his fourth home run of the season in front of family and friends who were in attendance.
His father, Larry, was drafted by the Orioles in the second round of the 1978 MLB Draft. He played eight seasons in the MLB for the Orioles, Tigers and Mariners. Larry played for the Orioles from 1984-1989 and was an outfielder and designated hitter.
"That home run was a really cool moment, not just for me but for my family," Sheets said. "My dad was in the first row and he was the first person I saw when I touched home. I think that was a cooler moment for him than any time he played. I think he would tell me the same thing, just seeing the joy he had. It was a special moment for both of us."
Larry hit his first Baltimore turf home run on April 27, 1985, against Bert Blyleven and the Cleveland Indians. The ballpark was previously called Memorial Stadium.
One to watch
La Russa put Zavala at the backstop so he can familiarize himself with the starting rotation. La Russa said he was "very impressed" with Zavala's day behind the plate. Zavala (1-for-4) also hit his first career double.
“He needs the exposure,” La Russa said. “He’s everything the organization says he is, a very smart handler of the pitcher, a good feel for the fingers to put down. He just has to get to know the guys.”
Feeling better yet?
Eloy Jimenez was set to begin his rehab assignment Friday with Class A Winston-Salem, but the game was postponed due to rain. The game between the Dash and the Hickory Crawdads will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Saturday.
Keep the streak alive
The Sox have won their last three games in a row, and won eight of their last 11. The southsiders will take on the Orioles for the second game in this series Saturday with Lucas Giolito on the mound.