Orioles' lumber awakens, offers signs of life
Club hopes Machado's HR, Davis' drive generate offensive momentum
CHICAGO -- The Orioles were silent for most of the afternoon on Saturday, letting their scoreless streak reach 26 innings before taking a 3-2 loss to the White Sox. But Baltimore -- robbed of Chris Davis' game-tying homer by Avisail Garcia's fantastic catch -- is hoping its late at-bats translate into some momentum.
"I hope so," manager Buck Showalter said after his club's fifth loss in six games. "It's as much them as it is us. [Chicago starter Jeff] Samardzija was carrying real good stuff today."
The Orioles didn't have a hit until Ryan Flaherty's sixth-inning single, and stranded runners on second and third in the seventh inning, which was one of their best chances to score until Manny Machado finally broke through in the eighth. Machado capitalized on Chicago's move to go to its bullpen, sending Zach Putnam's second pitch out of the park for a two-run shot.
"We did have a little bit [of momentum]," Machado said of the game-tying blast. "We had a little pep in the step in the dugout. That's what we do. We pick up each other and we keep fighting. Today we came up short, but we have more games to be played and more games to be won."
Davis tried to keep the offense going, and tie the game in the ninth, sending a ball into right field that Garcia was able to perfectly time and leap to take away the homer. The Orioles have scored just two runs since the seventh inning of Wednesday's game.
"These guys are capable of putting up a lot of runs," Orioles starter Chris Tillman said of the offense. "You just got to give them a chance. There were a couple innings when I would have liked to get in the dugout a little quicker and get them back out there and get Samardzija on the ropes, but we weren't able to."