CHICAGO -- Scott Feldman gave the Baltimore Orioles exactly what they were looking for on Wednesday night at U.S. Cellular Field, a day after they made a deal with the Chicago Cubs to acquire him.
The veteran right-hander didn't pick up a victory but threw six solid innings to keep his team close in Baltimore's 4-2 win against the Chicago White Sox. Chris Davis and the Orioles' bullpen did the rest to make sure the Orioles have a chance to win this three-game series in the finale on Thursday afternoon.
Davis hit his 32nd homer of the season to lead off the fourth inning and then drove in two more in the eighth with a double down the right-field line to put the Orioles up 4-2, lacing the first pitch he saw from left-handed Sox reliever Matt Thornton.
Darren O'Day, Tommy Hunter and Jim Johnson combined to shut the Sox down after Feldman left and converted the win for O'Day. Johnson pitched a scoreless ninth, despite allowing a pair of singles, for his 29th save.
Feldman, however, was the main story for the Orioles (48-37) -- who trail the Boston Red Sox by 3.5 games in the American League East. Despite a rough first inning, the newest member of Baltimore's starting rotation wiggled out of it with only one run allowed and settled down over the next five frames. He left the game after six innings with the score tied at 2 after striking out six, walking none and allowing six hits.
Hector Santiago had a similar outing for the White Sox (33-48), going seven innings and allowed two runs after wiggling out of trouble in the first. He struck out nine, walked two and gave up five hits before giving way to the bullpen with the game still knotted at 2.
Gordon Beckham hit his first home run of the season and went 2-for-4 to lead Chicago offensively.
Both starters escaped shaky first innings by allowing just one run each.
After a walk to Nick Markakis to start the game, Santiago allowed back-to-back singles to drive in a run and send White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper to the mound for a visit. Santiago then struck out two hitters back-to-back before getting J.J. Hardy to fly out deep to left to end the inning.
Feldman's rough first was almost the opposite. After retiring the first two hitters, he was tagged with three straight hits to tie the game at 1 on singles by Alex Rios and Dayan Viciedo that were sandwiched around Dunn's run-scoring double.
Feldman got out of trouble by striking out Conor Gillaspie and then stranded Jeff Keppinger on third in the second after he'd hit a leadoff double and advanced to third on Beckham's ground out.
Davis' homer to lead off the fourth put the Orioles back on top 2-1. Beckham's blast, which traveled an estimated 393 feet to left, tied the game back up at 2 in the fifth.
NOTES: The White Sox placed 1B/DH Paul Konerko (lower back strain) and RHP Jesse Crain (right shoulder strain) on the 15-day Disabled List on Wednesday and recalled 3B Brent Morel and LHP David Purcey from Triple-A Charlotte to take their roster spots. Konerko missed six straight games with lower back soreness prior to playing in Chicago's 5-2 victory on Tuesday night, but said the back worsened with each inning that passed. Crain, who's been the Sox's most effective reliever and was mentioned as a possible All-Star candidate; he felt some discomfort prior to Tuesday's game. The soreness didn't improve as he warmed up in the bullpen in the late innings and Crain had an MRI, which showed the strain. Both are expected to return after the All-Star break. ... Chicago Blackhawks players Patrick Sharp and Brandon Bollig brought the Stanley Cup to U.S. Cellular Field and both threw out ceremonial first pitches before the game. ... Alex Rios' stolen base in the first inning was the 200th of his career. ... Baltimore got some good news on Tuesday about Jonathan Schoop, the Orioles' top position player prospect. Schoop, who's been resting since late May with a stress fracture in his lower back, can begin playing minor league games again on July 11. He will start at either short-season Aberdeen or with Baltimore's Gulf Coast League team. ... The Orioles optioned INF Danny Valencia to Triple-A Norfolk to make room on the 25-man roster for Scott Feldman, who was acquired in a trade with the Cubs on Tuesday.