CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago White Sox’s 8-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field on Wednesday.
How it happened: The White Sox snapped a three-game losing streak by finally adding some timely hitting to their strong starting pitching. Jake Peavy did his part on the mound again, allowing one run, four hits and striking out eight hitters in seven innings to improve his record to 2-0. As for the offense, nearly everyone in the White Sox’s lineup got involved. Seven different Sox hitters recorded hits, including Gordon Beckham breaking an 0-for-14 slump with an RBI single as part of a four-run sixth inning. A.J. Pierzynski and Adam Dunn led the parade. Pierzynski had a two-run home run in the second inning, and Dunn hit a three-run double in the sixth inning. Dunn also walked three times and struck out once and now leads the Sox in both categories (seven walks, 19 strikeouts).
What it means: The White Sox again showed just how good they can be. They were at their best in Wednesday’s win. The Sox have received consistently solid outings from their starters, but haven’t always possessed timely hitting this season. On Wednesday, they not only got runners on base, which they were able to do in Tuesday’s loss, but they also brought those runners home. It obviously helps when five of your top six hitters all find a way to reach base twice on the night.
Play of the game: White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez made at least three SportsCenter Top 10-worthy plays. His best came in the fifth inning when he dove to his right to snag a grounder, got to his knees, threw the ball to first and beat Chris Davis to the bag.
Outside the box: White Sox third baseman Brent Morel has struggled at the plate for much of the season, and it doesn’t help matters when the opposing team openly disrespects you. With runners on first and second with one out in the sixth inning, the Orioles intentionally walked leadoff hitter Alejandro De Aza and loaded the bases to face Morel, who struck out and was booed as he walked to the dugout. After going hitless in five at-bats, he’s now batting a team-worst .103.
Up next: The White Sox will finish out their four-game series with the Orioles with a 1:10 p.m. CT game on Thursday. Gavin Floyd (1-0, 3.09) will start for the White Sox, and Jason Hammel (1-0, 2.08) will go for the Orioles.