Omar Narvaez, Avisail Garcia and Ryan Cordell all homered as the Chicago White Sox defeated the host Baltimore Orioles 8-6 Friday night in the opener of a three-game series on a rainy night at Camden Yards.
For the White Sox, James Shields (7-16) earned the win behind six innings of two-run baseball. The right-hander gave up four hits and struck out five.
Shields improved to 2-8 on the road with the win — his first victory in a road game since Opening Day.
Nate Jones closed it out in the ninth and earned his fifth save.
Luis Ortiz (0-1) made his second major league appearance and first start but did not last long for Baltimore. He gave up three runs (one earned) on four hits before leaving with an apparent injury after just 1 2/3 innings.
The White Sox took an early 1-0 lead thanks to a Daniel Palka RBI single in the first.
In the second, Tim Anderson reached on an error and scored when Nicky Delmonico lined a triple off the wall in right-center.
Yoan Moncada then followed with a grounder to first baseman Chris Davis, but Ortiz was a bit late getting over to cover. That let Moncada reach on an infield single and drive in another run for a 3-0 lead.
Trey Mancini led off the bottom of the second with a line-drive homer to left, which cut the deficit to 3-1.
Narvaez stretched the lead to 5-1 with a two-run homer to center in the top of the third. But Mancini hit his second homer of the game, also a solo shot to left, in the fourth.
However, the White Sox answered again with power, thanks to Garcia’s two-run homer off Jimmy Yacabonis in the top of the fifth. That gave Chicago a 7-2 lead.
Corban Joseph of Baltimore got a two-run, pinch-hit single in the seventh that made it 7-4. Cedric Mullins made it 7-5 by reaching on second baseman Moncada’s error before Adam Jones cut the lead to one with a sacrifice fly later that inning.
Cordell then gave the White Sox a key insurance run with his first major league hit and homer, a solo shot to left on a 3-1 pitch off Tanner Scott in the top of the eighth.
—Field Level Media