Cease, Mercedes Lead White Sox past Orioles

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Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Cease throws against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Thursday, May 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

CHICAGO (AP) — Dylan Cease struck out 10, Yermín Mercedes homered and drove in three, and the Chicago White Sox handed the Baltimore Orioles their 10th straight loss, 5-1 on Thursday night.

Cease (3-1) threw a career-high 111 pitches and allowed one earned run over six innings. He stumbled following a 19-minute rain delay before first pitch, allowing a single and hitting a batter before retiring his next eight and 15 of the next 18.

Baltimore’s Trey Mancini was hit by a pitch in the first inning and left with a bruised right elbow. X-rays were negative. The first baseman entered Thursday second in the majors with 42 RBIs a year after being diagnosed with colon cancer.

Billy Hamilton gave Chicago a 2-1 lead with an RBI single grounded up the middle against Dillon Tate (0-2) in the sixth.

Jose Abreu doubled in a run and Mercedes plated two more with a double in the seventh.

AL Central-leading Chicago bounced back after losing to St. Louis on Wednesday and still has not lost consecutive games at home this season.

Baltimore left-hander Bruce Zimmermann allowed a run and six hits over five innings after allowing five earned runs in three innings against the Washington Nationals on Saturday.

The 10th straight loss matched the Orioles’ longest skid since dropping 10 in a row from June 12-21, 2019.

Mercedes hit his seventh home run of the season in the second inning, drilling Zimmermann’s 3-0 fastball into left field to give Chicago a 1-0 lead.

Freddy Galvis tied it in the fourth when he hit Cease’s knuckle curve just over the right-field fence for his seventh home run of the season.

Cease allowed two hits to start the sixth inning before getting out of a jam with two strikeouts and a flyout to center field. The right-hander allowed four hits with two walks.

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