The Orioles look to build on one of their best wins of the season Tuesday night as they continue a four-game series against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.
Trailing by four runs in the eighth inning in Monday’s series opener, the Orioles (36-45) appeared headed for their second straight loss. A three-run eighth, however, drew them within one before Brian Roberts and Kevin Millar delivered RBI singles in the ninth off All-Star closer Bobby Jenks in an improbable 7-6 victory.
“We did a great job of putting together some great at-bats,” Millar said.
Ace Erik Bedard had his worst start in over two months, but Baltimore’s bullpen held the White Sox (35-44) scoreless over the final 3 1-3 innings.
Struggling closer Chris Ray struck out the side in the ninth for his 14th save in 18 tries, and first since June 8. He had allowed runs in seven of his previous 10 appearances.
Millar finished with three hits and two RBIs for the Orioles, who were 0-38 this season when trailing after eight innings.
Baltimore improved to 7-5 under interim manager Dave Trembley, a mark that doesn’t include a suspended game against the New York Yankees on Thursday.
“I think this is the biggest comeback for this club this year,” Trembley said. “It’s probably one of the better wins I’ve ever been involved in. It’s great for our team.”
Corey Patterson had a season-high four hits Monday and is 11-for-22 in his last six games, raising his average from .213 to .239.
This has been a very disappointing season for the White Sox, who are just two games ahead of last-place Kansas City in the Central.
Chicago has lost six straight at U.S. Cellular Field, and has only 15 home wins, tied with Cincinnati for the fewest in the majors.
Daniel Cabrera (6-8, 5.02 ERA) tries to win his third straight road start for the Orioles. He is 2-0 with a 3.21 ERA in his last two road outings after going 0-4 with a 4.05 ERA in his first four starts away from home. Cabrera did not receive a decision in his last appearance against the Yankees on Thursday, as he allowed four runs and six hits over 6 1-3 innings in the game that was suspended by rain in the eighth inning.
The right-hander, who made his major league debut at U.S. Cellular Field on May 13, 2004, is 2-2 with a 4.39 ERA in five career starts against the White Sox.
Jermaine Dye returned to the lineup Monday for the White Sox after missing nine games with a strained left quadriceps. Dye, who went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, is 5-for-8 with two doubles against Cabrera.
Javier Vazquez (4-5, 3.95) look to build on two straight excellent starts for the White Sox. He followed a strong performance against the Cubs with an even better outing in a 5-1 win at Tampa Bay on Thursday, limiting the Devil Rays to one run and seven hits in seven innings with three walks and season-high 10 strikeouts.
Vazquez has pitched six innings or more in 13 consecutive starts, but the White Sox are only 4-9 during that span.
He is 5-2 with a 5.85 ERA in nine career starts against the Orioles.