CHICAGO -- The White Sox toiled all night at the plate, foiled by Orioles starter Kevin Gausman, who turned in one of the best outings of his career. But facing the bullpen was another story.Yolmer Sanchez's RBI single capped a furious eighth-inning comeback as the White Sox stole a 3-2
CHICAGO -- The White Sox toiled all night at the plate, foiled by Orioles starter Kevin Gausman, who turned in one of the best outings of his career. But facing the bullpen was another story.
Yolmer Sanchez's RBI single capped a furious eighth-inning comeback as the White Sox stole a 3-2 victory from the Orioles on Tuesday night at Guaranteed Rate Field. The win was Chicago's fourth in its past six games, equaling a season high from a stretch in late April.
"We talked to the players today, we've had a tough time in eighth- and ninth-inning type situations with the potential tying or winning run at third," manager Rick Renteria said. "And today you turn the tide on that a little bit with those at-bats."
Down 2-0 entering the bottom of the eighth, White Sox outfielder Daniel Palka engineered the rally when his fly ball in the right-field corner eluded the grasp of Mark Trumbo for a triple.
Welington Castillo singled Palka home, and Jose Rondon and Adam Engel followed with a single and a walk, respectively, loading the bases for Yoan Moncada. The burgeoning White Sox superstar hit a fly ball deep enough to score the tying run, and Sanchez quickly followed with his go-ahead hit.
"We play nine innings," Sanchez said. "We fight until the end. We showed up today and battled to the last out."
Chicago's rally erased a night of futility against Gausman, who matched a career high with 10 strikeouts and set a career high with 24 swinging strikes. The bottom of the White Sox order, which came through in that pivotal eighth inning, had come up empty in a similar situation in the sixth, when Palka singled and Castillo doubled to lead off the inning. But back-to-back-to-back strikeouts by Leury Garcia, Rondon and Engel ended that threat.
James Shields turned in another solid start for the White Sox, giving up just two runs on five hits in seven innings. Shields has pitched at least seven frames in consecutive starts, and has completed at least six frames in his each of his last six outings.
"We taxed [our bullpen] a little bit the first month of the season," Shields said. "My whole career I've always wanted to go as deep as possible. I wanted to take the ball all the way to the end of the game and we've done a pretty good job of it of late."
The only hiccup Shields encountered Tuesday came in the second inning, when he walked his only two batters of the night and gave up two runs. Other than the fifth, when he was bailed out by an Orioles baserunning gaffe-turned double play, Shields did not allow more than one baserunner in any other inning.
White Sox closer Nate Jones allowed the Orioles to get runners on first and second with one out, but induced a soft Jace Peterson lineout and a Chance Sisco strikeout to lock down his fourth save of the season.
"I think we had a couple things go well for us, in terms of the guys not quitting," Renteria said. "Can this shift our momentum a little bit? Sure it can. But we have to take it one game at a time, one pitch at a time, one game at a time. It's real simple. One pitch, one out, one inning, one game at a time."
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'One time is an accident': Castillo was a key contributor for the White Sox on Tuesday, collecting two singles and a double in pivotal situations. His 3-for-4 performance comes one night after being pulled for not running out an infield pop fly.
"As you guys have heard me say, one time is an accident, twice is a habit. We're trying to eliminate habits if they're there," Renteria said before Tuesday's game. "In talking to him, he knew. He understood. He actually said, 'You had to do that. It counts for me and for everyone.' What he told you was exactly what he told me."
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After pitching to a dismal 6.14 ERA in March and April, Shields has rebounded nicely in May. Though the veteran righty is 0-2 with a 3.38 ERA (12 earned runs in 32 innings) this month, and has struck out 26 batters against 10 walks.
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Sanchez infamously poured a bucket of Gatorade over himself following Trayce Thompson's walk-off home run May 3 against the Twins, and on Tuesday night he was at it again. During Castillo's postgame interview with NBCSports Chicago, Sanchez walked in front of the camera and dumped the bucket, drenching himself with yellow Gatorade.
"They say: 'Hey, do it today.' I think today was the right time," Sanchez said.
The White Sox continue their three-game series with the Orioles on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. CT and will send Dylan Covey (0-1, 6.00 ERA) to the mound for his second start of the season. Covey last pitched in the Majors as the 26th man in a April 28 doubleheader, giving up four runs in six innings at Kansas City. Baltimore will start Alex Cobb (1-5, 6.56) in opposition.
Max Gelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago.