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On-fire Sale: White Sox lefty first to 6 wins

May 1, 2016

BALTIMORE -- Chris Sale became the Majors' first six-game winner, keeping his unbeaten record intact with 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball and aided by a five-run Chicago fifth as the White Sox earned a split of their four-game series with the Orioles with a 7-1 win on Sunday at

BALTIMORE -- Chris Sale became the Majors' first six-game winner, keeping his unbeaten record intact with 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball and aided by a five-run Chicago fifth as the White Sox earned a split of their four-game series with the Orioles with a 7-1 win on Sunday at Camden Yards.
"We've got one win-and-loss record that matters, and it's not mine, that's for sure," Sale said. "Just got to keep rolling. We're playing great baseball against good teams. We have some tough teams to face early on. The way we've handled it and the way we've played has been great."
Chicago was led on offense by Brett Lawrie, who homered for the third consecutive game and fell a triple short of the cycle. Jerry Sands also drove in two runs off Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez, who lasted 4 1/3 innings and gave up seven hits, four walks and two hit batters in the loss.

"Nothing changed. I think I had everything working. Just one of those innings that you just shake your head and go like, 'Wow, I can't believe this is happening,'" said Jimenez. "Pretty much every good pitch that I threw, they were able to get a base hit [in the fifth]. In the fourth inning, they squared the ball and then we got a 1-2-3 inning right away. But in that inning, they hit like three or four soft balls and they found a way to get a base hit."
Sale was solid but ran up a high pitch count early -- including four walks-- and exited after a season-low for innings. It marked the only time in six outings he's been unable to go at least seven.
Nolan Reimold drove in Baltimore's lone run in the sixth, finishing the series with a .343 batting average for the season.

Orioles reliever Vance Worley turned in 3 1/3 scoreless innings after Jimenez and was a bright spot for Baltimore in the loss.
"Talking with a lot of long relievers, they compare it to being a guy off the bench for pinch-hitting," said Worley. "You really don't know when you're going to go in, and when you do, you try to do as well as you can and go as long as you can.
"Sometimes, they don't look pretty, sometimes they go really well. But it's all about making pitches and keeping the team as close as you can."
Lawrie continues dominance against O's:
Lawrie had three hits, going deep for the third consecutive game against the Orioles. He now has 14 career home runs against Baltimore -- his most against any single team. Lawrie has four homers on the season. More importantly, the team continues to win with him in the everyday lineup.
"I'm just excited to contribute to the team," Lawrie said. "Every time I step in the box, I'm looking to help the team. That what I'm in there to do."

Sale keeps Orioles in check: Staked with a six-run lead, Sale locked down the Orioles' talented lineup. However, his pitch count ballooned to a season-high 112 pitches in the sixth and he was replaced by Jake Petricka, who immediately gave up an RBI single to Reimold. Sale has thrown 100 or more pitches in each of his six starts.
"They worked him over a little bit. You see how many guys they left on base," Chicago manager Robin Ventura said. "He wasn't as sharp as he's been, but even then, he didn't give up anything. So, pitch count got him. The score got him as well. That's a tough lineup to go through."

Hardy exits with injury, makes terrific play It's definitely not a play you see every day. In the top of the fourth inning, Todd Frazier hit a sharp ball to third baseman Manny Machado, who dove and saw the ball hit off his glove. But shortstop J.J. Hardy was right behind Machado and fielded it, firing to first to record the impressive out.

But it wasn't all flashy plays for Hardy, who exited after five innings after fouling a ball off his left foot and will have a CT scan done on Monday. Hardy had an X-ray done on Sunday and the team is initially calling it a left foot contusion, though that can change.
"There are some things we want to look at further, make sure we get our arms around what exactly it is," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.
"We knew it wasn't a matter [of] if, it was when. You hope it's if. Some teams get real lucky in a year. But it's nothing we can't overcome, and nothing guys won't be back from at some point." -- Showalter, on losing Zach Britton and Hardy in consecutive games
White Sox: The White Sox finally get a day off after 19 consecutive games before hosting a three-game series against Boston on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. CT. Lefty Jose Quintana (3-1) will face a stern challenge against Boston's hot lineup. The White Sox take on righty knuckleballer Steven Wright (2-2), who has also been effective this season.
Orioles: The Orioles will get an off-day on Monday before taking on the Yankees for the first time this season in a three-game series starting Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. ET . Orioles starter Chris Tillman will take the mound. Tillman was inconsistent in the season's first month, but he is coming off 6 2/3 scoreless innings on Wednesday against Tampa Bay. He struck out nine in that start.
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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

Todd Karpovich is a contributor to based in Baltimore.