Chisox beat Orioles in doubleheader opener caused by riots

BALTIMORE -- Chris Sale struck out 12 over 7 2/3 shutout innings and the Chicago White Sox defeated the Orioles 3-2 Thursday in the first game of a doubleheader caused by rioting in Baltimore last month.

A modest crowd watched the opener at Camden Yards. The doubleheader was scheduled after games on April 27-28 were postponed because of riots near the ballpark following the death of Freddie Gray. The third game of that series was played without fans in the stadium.

Sale (4-2) gave up four singles, walked none and permitted only one runner past first base. The left-hander was pulled in the eighth after striking out Caleb Joseph and Everth Cabrera to raise his pitch count to 120.

The 12 strikeouts were a season high for Sale. He owns the franchise record for career games with at least 10 strikeouts (21) and 12-plus strikeouts (11).

Chris Davis hit a two-run homer off Zach Duke in the ninth before Jake Petricka struck out Travis Snider for his first save. Davis has three homers in his last two games.

Making his first major league start following two appearances as a reliever this month, Tyler Wilson (1-1) matched zeros with Sale until the sixth.

Leadoff hitter Adam Eaton drew a leadoff walk, Melky Cabrera hit an opposite-field RBI double and scored on a one-out double by Adam LaRoche, who had three hits.

Wilson allowed two runs, five hits and a walk in six innings. The 25-year-old was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk as the 26th man for the doubleheader.

Tyler Flowers added a run-scoring grounder in the ninth.

Although Sale failed to go eight innings for the first time in four starts, he's 2-0 with a 1.71 ERA over 31 2/3 innings during that span.

Duke struck out Manny Machado on a check-swing to end the eighth, with Machado getting ejected for arguing the call. Duke added two more strikeouts in the ninth before Delmon Young singled and Davis connected.

Sale struck out the side in the first and fifth.

Slick fielding helped Baltimore keep the game scoreless to that point. Cabrera made a diving stab of a grounder to second and threw to first while lying on his back, and Adam Jones cut down LaRoche trying to advance to third on a fly to center.


Orioles LHP Brian Matusz will have his appeal of an eight-game suspension heard on June 3. He received the suspension Monday after being ejected from a game in Miami on Saturday for having a foreign substance on his right arm.


White Sox: 3B Avisail Garcia was not in the lineup, but manager Robin Ventura said the inflammation in Garcia's right knee had improved to where he could play in the second game or Friday in Houston. He has missed three straight games.

Orioles: C Matt Wieters (elbow) was scheduled to catch for Double-A Bowie on Thursday. ... RHP Kevin Gausman (shoulder inflammation) is scheduled to face batters Friday and pitch for a minor league team on June 6.


White Sox: RHP Chris Beck was slated to make his major league debut in the nightcap. Rookie RHP Mike Wright was set to start for the Orioles.