- Bruce Levine, Chicago baseball beat reporter
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It had to happen sooner or later, as closer Hector Santiago blew his first save of the season. Santiago gave up two solo home runs in the ninth inning -- the second off the bat of Adam Jones to tie the game at 4-4.
The first batter Santiago faced, Nolan Reimold, laid off a 2-2 pitch that looked like strike three, but was called a ball. Reimold sent the next pitch out of the park.
“It was a tough night and just that one pitch might have changed the inning, but I guess it happens you know,” Santiago said.
The 10th inning was an even worse nightmare for the Sox as the Orioles plated six runs in an inning that included a three-base error on a missed fly ball in centerfield by the usually sure-handed Alejandro De Aza.
“I don’t know what happened, the ball just dropped,” De Aza said. “I think when I jumped I jumped to early and took my eyes off of it.”
Another misplay by the infield that inning set up Matt Wieter’s grand slam off of Zach Stewart.
The night is one Robin Ventura and his team should try to quickly put behind them.
“[That’s] something we will do to somebody else,” the White Sox manager said after watching Baltimore steal a game from his team.
The White Sox bullpen failed in the ninth and tenth against the Orioles.