Orioles' Feldman pitches first career shutout

David Driver, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

BALTIMORE -- Scott Feldman was not given much of a welcome to the friendly confines of Camden Yards in his first home start for the Baltimore Orioles on July 8.
After Feldman had been traded to the Orioles by the Chicago Cubs, he allowed seven runs in 5 1/3 innings in an 8-5 loss to the Texas Rangers. But in his 11th start for the Orioles on Friday -- and seventh at home -- he threw the first complete game shutout of his big league career in Baltimore's 4-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night.
Feldman entered the game with a 5.82 ERA in his first six home starts with Baltimore.
"It is something I will always remember, and I will remember the (defensive) plays behind me," said Feldman, a native of Hawaii. "We had a game plan beforehand and we kind of stuck with it."
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said, "He had command of all of his pitches. I don't think he ever got into a (predictable) pattern. Scott is an athletic, competitive guy."
Chris Davis and catcher Matt Wieters, who was in sync with Feldman, hit back-to-back homers in the sixth inning to give the Orioles a 4-0 lead against Chicago starter John Danks (4-12).
"It is fun to see them go out of the park," said Feldman, whose ERA fell to 3.63.
Davis lined his major-league-leading 48th homer of the year down the right-field line and Wieters went deep for his 21st homer of the season.
Feldman (5-4) took the mound to light applause from the home fans to start the ninth and retired Gordon Beckham on a liner to second, got Jeff Keppinger on a liner to right and retired Adam Dunn on a fly to center to end his five-hit masterpiece. He had three strikeouts and one walk and threw 106 pitches, 74 for strikes.
"We just couldn't get anything going," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "We got a couple of hits here and there, but nothing with anything on it. He was sharp. He had breaking stuff working early and got the ground balls when he needed it. At the end of the day, you have to tip your hat to him."
Danks gave up four runs and three homers in 5 1/3 innings. The Orioles (75-65) now have a league-best 191 home runs this year.
The White Sox (56-84) are 24-50 on the road, the second-worst mark in the majors behind the Miami Marlins.
Danny Valencia, who homered in the third to make it 1-0, gave the Orioles a 2-0 lead in the fifth when he beat out an infield single as J.J. Hardy scored from third.
"Every game means something," Valencia said.
Danks retired the first eight batters before Valencia hit a solo homer to left in the third.
Chicago had a chance to tie the score in the fourth, but Keppinger was thrown out at the plate on a single to center by Paul Konerko. Keppinger argued the call with home plate umpire John Hirschbeck, and television replays appeared to back up Keppinger's claim that he was safe.
"I thought I beat him to the plate," Keppinger said. "I thought I got my hand in there."
Showalter said, "We had some close calls go our way."
The Orioles began the day three games behind Tampa Bay for the second wild card spot in the American League.
"All of these games are important," Feldman said. "I don't care if I go nine or seven, as long as we get the win."
NOTES: White Sox RHP Ramon Troncoso was activated from the 15-day disabled list. He had been on the DL since Aug. 17 with pericarditis, which is inflammation of the tissue around the heart. He was 1-4 with a 5.25 ERA in 25 outings out of the bullpen this season for the White Sox. ... Baltimore OF Chris Dickerson had his contract selected from Triple-A Norfolk of the International League before the game and INF Alex Liddi was designated for assignment. Dickerson, 31, batted .245 in 46 games earlier this season for the Orioles. Liddi, 25, hit .222 in 49 games for Norfolk after he was picked up from Seattle on July 6. ... The White Sox entered the game with 15 losses in their last 24 games at Camden Yards. ... Adam Jones drove in his 100th run of the season on Thursday as he joined Davis in that 100-RBI club. It is the first time in five years two Baltimore players had at least 100 RBIs in the same season. Aubrey Huff (108) and Melvin Mora (104) did it in 2008.

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