Grayson Rodriguez and three relievers combined on a two-hitter and Anthony Santander smacked a three-run home run among his two hits to boost the Baltimore Orioles to a 9-0 win against the visiting Chicago White Sox on Monday.
American League East-leading Baltimore extended its division lead to 2 1/2 games over the idle Tampa Bay Rays.
Ryan O’Hearn and Gunnar Henderson had two hits each for the Orioles.
Chicago managed just one hit in six innings against Rodriguez. Luis Robert Jr. doubled with two out in the fourth to end a run of 11 straight White Sox retired to start the game.
Rodriguez (4-3) set down the next five White Sox before walking Korey Lee in the sixth, his only other baserunner. Rodriguez scattered one hit, one walk and six strikeouts.
O’Hearn provided all the offense the Orioles needed with a two-run single to center in the third inning. After stranding three runners against White Sox starter Michael Kopech in the first two innings, the Orioles capitalized to take a lead they wouldn’t surrender.
Baltimore produced its third run behind small ball. Ryan McKenna walked with one out in the fourth, stole second base and advanced to third on a flyout to center field. McKenna scored on a Kopech wild pitch.
A single and walk preceded a Ryan Mountcastle RBI single that put the Orioles ahead 4-0. McKenna hit a two-run single in the eighth ahead of Santander’s homer.
Kopech needed 95 pitches to complete four innings. He fell to 5-12 after scattering four runs and seven hits with four walks and five strikeouts.
—Field Level Media
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