In the series opener, the Orioles crushed the White Sox with a 10-4 win. Jake Arrieta moved to 3-1 on the season and John Danks remains winless on the year, falling to 0-4.
The White Sox jumped out early against Arrieta. In the second inning, Adam Dunn drew a leadoff walk and A.J. Pierzynski drove him in on a two-run shot over the right field wall. Mark Teahen doubled, coming into score when Juan Pierre blooped a single in shallow left field. Matt Wieters was able to end the inning by throwing out Pierre as he attempted to steal second.
Baltimore got one back in the top of the third on an RBI single by Brian Roberts after both Mark Reynolds and Robert Andino singled before him. Derrek Lee continued the singles parade, hitting it to right field and bringing Andino in.
After Luke Scott robbed Alexei Ramirez of a homerun, he leadoff the top of the fourth with a solo shot himself to tie the game at three a piece.
The Orioles got their first lead of the game in the sixth after they opened up with two outs as Danks began to struggle. Reynolds reached first on a wild pitch and moved to second on another wild pitch. Matt Wieters blasted a two-run homer to put the Birds up by two.
Brent Lillibridge cut the Orioles lead to one with a solo homer in the bottom of the inning.
However, Baltimore extended their lead in seventh, taking advantage of Jesse Crain, who was struggling to find his location, as they batted around. Markakis drew a leadoff walk and after two outs, Scott drew another. Jones reached on an error by the Chicago shortstop. With bases loaded, Reynolds patiently drew another walk to drive in Markakis. Wieters moved to 9-for-10 with runners in scoring position as he doubled to left field, driving in two runs. Roberts did the same as he ripped a two-RBI double to left.
Arrieta, who had quality starts in five of his first six outings, lasted only five innings tonight, giving up three runs on five hits. He threw 86 pitches to the 22 batters faced. After getting into trouble in the second, Arrieta settled down as he retired seven batters in order from the third to the fifth inning. He left the bases loaded to finish the fifth, picking up his team as an error by Andino extended the inning.
Clay Rapada came on in the sixth, giving up a run on one hit. Jim Johnson retired the side in order in the on 12 pitches. Jeremy Accardo took the eighth and ninth innings, allowing only a walk.
Danks went six innings, allowing five runs on eight hits. Coming out of the pen, Crain lasted 0.2 innings, surrendering four run on no hits and three walks. Chris Sale took the mound after Crain got into trouble. He finished the inning after giving up a run on two hits and two walks. Sale stayed on in the eighth, settling down to have a three up, three down inning. Matt Thorton pitched the ninth inning, sitting down all three Orioles hitters faced.
In the seventh inning outbreak by Baltimore, they scored five runs but only had two hits in the inning. They drew five walks in the inning as they were patient in the box against the struggling Chicago bullpen. Markakis got two of the walks as he came to bat twice in the seventh. Everybody in the lineup got on base in some fashion with the exception of Vladimir Guerrero.
Chris Tillman (0-2) will face Philip Humber (2-2) in the middle game tomorrow as the team looks to secure a second consecutive series win.