BALTIMORE The Chicago White Sox had a two-run lead in the seventh inning Wednesday, however the Baltimore Orioles were threatening, loading the bases with one out.
Jorge Mateo hit a grounder down the third-base line that appeared headed to left field for a game-tying hit. Sox third baseman Yon Moncada made a diving stop, touched the bag along with his hand, sprang to his feet and threw a strike to first for an extraordinary inning-ending double play.
When I saw the ball coming at me, my first reaction was to seize the ball, touch the bag and throw to first base, Moncada said via an interpreter. I wasnt thinking about doing other things.
Moncada provided the defense, Lucas Giolito the pitching and Gavin Sheets the key hits for the Sox in a 5-3 victory contrary to the Orioles before 12,565 at Camden Yards.
We were firing on all areas of the overall game, said Giolito, who allowed one operate on four hits with three strikeouts and two walks in 6 innings. Whenever we do this, we win games.
Sox manager Tony La Russa described Giolitos outing as gutsy, timely.
He was outstanding, La Russa said.
La Russa also described the hitting, calling it timely. The Sox had 12 hits, all singles, and went 7-for-17 with runners in scoring position.
Sheets, who’s from Lutherville, Md., made a significant contribution with three hits and three RBIs to greatly help the Sox pull back to a tie for second in the American League Central with the Minnesota Twins. Both teams are four games behind the division-leading Cleveland Guardians.
Sheets gave the Sox a first-inning lead, driving in two with an individual to center.
Get thrown right into a big at-bat your first at-bat, its always nice to obtain us on the board and obtain things going early, Sheets said. Especially provide a pitcher like (Giolito) two runs, it goes quite a distance.
It had been vital that you get those runs there. It felt nice to have the night going like this.
The Orioles cut that lead in two in the fourth when Adley Rutschman doubled and scored on a groundout.
The Sox still led 2-1 in the sixth when Cedric Mullins reached second with a hustle double for the Orioles. Giolito got Rutschman to ground out to shortstop Elvis Andrus and Anthony Santander to pop out to Andrus.
I felt quite definitely similar to myself, Giolito said. Like from the rhythm standpoint, mentally, just really freed up. Tried to possess conviction behind every pitch. (Catcher) Seby (Zavala) did an extremely good job sequencing, maybe shook him off to another pitch a few times. We had a good idea and an excellent rhythm.
Sheets added insurance in the seventh, beating out the shortstop Mateos throw to first with the bases loaded for a run-scoring infield hit that extended the result in 3-1.
Giolito (10-7) exited after walking Ramn Uras with one out in the seventh. Kendall Graveman entered with two on and something out and walked Rougned Odor on four pitches.
Mateo was next. And thats when Moncada made the game-saving double play.
Everything about any of it was outstanding, especially the importance, La Russa said. Two-run game. Nevertheless, you know it when he would go to his right, he would go to his right as effective as anybody in the league. He makes that throw. That has been huge.
Moncada touched the bag along with his right hand while making the diving stop and touched the bottom again when he surely got to his feet.
It had been because I was attempting to have excellent support to throw to first base, he said.
The Sox added two runs in the eighth, including an RBI single by AJ Pollock. Graveman returned for an ideal eighth. Liam Hendriks rebounded after quitting a two-run homer to Austin Hays to summary the victory.
Whenever we play the overall game clean, play the overall game tight, were having a great time, dugout includes a good atmosphere, then we usually turn out at the top in games like this, Giolito said. So we desire to keep that vibe going.