Anderson homers again in White Sox win over Orioles
CHICAGO (AP) — Manny Bañuelos is determined to make the most of perhaps the biggest opportunity of his career.
Bañuelos pitched five-hit ball into the sixth inning in his first start since replacing Ervin Santana in the rotation, and the Chicago White Sox held off the slumping Baltimore Orioles for a 5-3 win on Monday night.
The 28-year-old Bañuelos (2-0) made seven appearances for Atlanta in 2015, but didn’t make it back to the majors until this year. The left-hander tossed four scoreless innings at Baltimore last week in his first start since his time with the Braves, and then took over Santana’s spot after the veteran right-hander was designated for assignment on Friday.
“I just want to do my best in that spot,” Bañuelos said.
Tim Anderson and Yonder Alonso each hit a two-run homer as Chicago earned in its third consecutive win, matching a season high. James McCann had three hits and is batting .444 (12 for 27) in his last six games.
Last-place Baltimore lost for the eighth time in 10 games. Chris Davis had two hits and two RBIs and Pedro Severino homered, but John Means (3-3) struggled after tossing five effective innings in a 4-3 win against Chicago last week.
“I didn’t have my best changeup today,” Means said. “I was throwing some good ones down in the zone that they weren’t offering at, and then I tried to make too much of an adjustment and left some up.”
Alonso connected with two out in the second, sending a drive to right for his fifth homer. He also went deep in his last game, belting a solo shot in Friday night’s 12-11 victory over Detroit.
After Severino opened the third with an opposite-field drive into the Orioles’ bullpen in right, Adam Engel led off the bottom half with a bunt single and Anderson made it 4-1 with a one-out homer into the stands in left.
Davis tried to rally Baltimore with a pair of run-scoring singles, but the Orioles went 2 for 9 with runners in scoring position. After Davis’ hit made it 5-3 in the eighth, Severino flied out and Rio Ruiz popped out to strand two baserunners.
“We’re kind of in a little bit of a funk here where we’re just not driving in the runs,” manager Brandon Hyde said.
Alex Colomé worked the ninth for his sixth save.
Davis, who was tagged out in a rundown after his bloop single in the sixth, went 2 for 4. He is batting .343 (12 for 35) in his last 11 games after going hitless in his first 33 at-bats of the season.
Bañuelos was charged with two runs in a career high-tying 5 2/3 innings. He struck out six and walked three.
“He was really good,” Alonso said. “I felt like he had all his pitches working.”