CHICAGO -- For the better part of 10 minutes Monday afternoon, Manny Machado was asked by nearly two dozen reporters to address his future amidst the trade rumors that seemingly chase him from city to city. Multiple times, the Orioles shortstop repeated he is just here to play baseball.
Hours later, Machado did just that with a powerful display that highlighted a three-homer output by the Orioles. But the Orioles also got enough from their pitching and defense to hold on for a 3-2 victory over the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field.
"Today was a total team win … When you use every facet of your team, you generally do well," said center fielder Adam Jones, who homered along with Machado and Mark Trumbo. "So it was good to see."
Machado connected on his 15th home run of the season with a 411-foot blast that preceded solo homers by Trumbo and Jones. According to Statcast™, Machado's fourth-inning moonshot was the hardest he has hit this season at 112.6 mph.
Machado, who went 1-for-3 with an intentional walk, also made an impact defensively.
With the Orioles leading 2-0 in the fifth inning, Machado took a relay throw from left fielder Trey Mancini and threw out Yolmer Sanchez at the plate when he attempted to score on a Jose Abreu RBI double that cut the Orioles' lead to 2-1 when Yoan Moncada scored.
The one-run cushion ended up being enough.
"It's a good send [by the White Sox] -- you've got to make us throw him out there at the plate," manager Buck Showalter said of the play. "You've got a real fast runner [with Sanchez] and Trey made a good play."
Jones extended the lead to 3-1 in the sixth inning when he homered off of White Sox starter Hector Santiago.
Orioles starter Andrew Cashner allowed two runs over five-plus innings to snap a string of six straight starts in which he had allowed at least three earned runs. Cashner, who allowed RBI doubles to Abreu and Leury Garcia, struck out four and walked three.
Relievers Mychal Givens and closer Brad Brach pitched out of trouble in the sixth and ninth inning, respectively, to close out a one-run victory in which the Orioles only had five hits -- three of which were the home runs.
"Our pitching staff held us down tonight," Jones said. "We had three solos and our pitching staff held us down tonight and it was good to see."
"Usually three solo home runs you don't win a game," he said. "You're going to have to pitch pretty well."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Givens-ing no ground: Givens preserved the lead in the sixth when he stranded a pair of runners in scoring position after the White Sox drew to within 3-2 on a Garcia RBI double. But with runners at second and third, Givens got Welington Castillo to pop out and struck out Tim Anderson and Adam Engel to preserve the Orioles' one-run lead.
"For him to get out of that and keep the game where it was at was huge," Brach said.
"Obviously, that's what got us the win tonight."
With the Orioles still clinging to a one-run lead in the ninth, the White Sox loaded the bases following a walk to Engel, a Moncada single and an intentional walk to Abreu. But Brach got of the jam when he struck out Trayce Thompson, who entered the game as a defensive replacement in the top of the ninth.
"I knew I wanted to attack him and use the aggression against him," Brach said. "Sitting on the bench all night, I know it's tough for him to go out there, especially with the game on the line like that. So I went right at him with fastballs and luckily, I was able to get the last one by him."
HE SAID IT
"It seems like every win we come by, we're scratching and clawing to the last out, last strike really. I guess it makes it a little bit exciting. It would be nice to win one of these games without any drama, but it kind of seems to be the way it's going this year." -- Brach, on closing out the game in the ninth with the bases loaded
Kevin Gausman hopes to bounce back from a rough outing in his last start when he allowed six earned runs and allowed a pair of home runs over 4 2/3 innings against the Red Sox. Gausman (3-3, 3.88 ERA) will face James Shields on Tuesday with first pitch scheduled for 8:10 ET.