Jonathan Villar and Adam Jones both homered and drove in two runs, and the Baltimore Orioles scored five times in the first inning en route to an 8-4 victory over the visiting Chicago White Sox Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards.
The White Sox (59-90) were trying for a sweep of the three-game series, but Villar and Jones helped prevent that from taking place.
Despite the Orioles (43-106) giving him a five-run lead in that first inning, Baltimore starter David Hess could not come away with the victory. He gave up three homers for four runs and left after 4 1/3 innings with a 6-4 lead and received a no-decision.
Ryan Meisinger (1-0) came on for Hess and took care of the final two outs in the fifth for his first major league win. The Baltimore bullpen blanked Chicago over the final 4 2/3 innings, and Paul Fry (1 2/3 innings) picked up his first major league save.
Chicago starter Lucas Giolito (10-11) lasted longer. He went six innings and gave up six runs — four earned — on eight hits but only one run after that first inning.
Daniel Palka homered twice for the White Sox.
Cedric Mullins, who finished 4-for-5, started the first with a double and just got back to second when Joey Rickard bunted. Villar then faked a bunt but singled for a 1-0 lead.
Jones followed with a bloop single to right that made it 2-0. One out later, Jones stole second with DJ Stewart up and that put runners at second and third. Stewart then grounded to second but Villar (3-for-5) beat Yoan Moncada’s throw home.
Renato Nunez made it 4-0 when he reached on first baseman Matt Davidson’s fielding error. Breyvic Valera added a sacrifice fly for the inning’s fifth run.
Daniel Palka started the top of the second with his first homer of the day but Villar matched that with a solo shot in the fourth for a 6-1 edge.
The White Sox then homered twice in the fifth and cut the lead to 6-4. Yolmer Sanchez hit a two-run blast, and two batters later, Palka added a solo shot to knock out Hess.
But the Orioles added Jones’ solo homer in the seventh, and Mullins got an RBI single in the eighth.
—Field Level Media