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Rapid Reaction: Orioles 5, White Sox 1

8/20/2014

CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox fell 5-1 to the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday and have dropped the first two games of the three-game series.

How it happened: Jose Abreu hit his first home run in three weeks, but the rest of the offense was stagnant. White Sox starter Jose Quintana pitched well for five innings before giving up three runs in the sixth as the Orioles took control. Orioles starter Chris Tillman gave up one run and five hits over eight innings, striking out nine.

What it means: The much-beleaguered White Sox bullpen didn't take long to reveal its issues. Daniel Webb came on in relief of Quintana in the seventh inning and gave up a home run to Nick Hundley on the first pitch he threw. To be fair, the home run was the only hit given up by Webb and Jake Petricka over three combined innings. White Sox relievers entered the game with a 9.70 ERA in August.

Outside the box: Abreu went 77 plate appearances between his 31st home run on July 29 at Detroit and his 32nd Tuesday against the Orioles. He also moved back into a tie for the major-league lead in home runs with the Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton and the Orioles' Nelson Cruz. Abreu's last home run at U.S. Cellular Field before Tuesday was July 4 against the Mariners.

Off beat: A mere 10 miles separate U.S. Cellular Field on the South Side from Wrigley Field on the North Side, but it made a world of difference weather-wise Tuesday. While a torrential downpour caused a delay and infield flooding during the Cubs-Giants game, the White Sox and Orioles did not see a drop of precipitation all night.

Up next: The White Sox will send right-hander Hector Noesi (7-8, 4.84 ERA) to the mound Wednesday in the finale of the three-game series. The Orioles will counter with left-hander Wei-Yin Chen (12-4, 3.76) in the 7:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.