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Sale strikes out 12, Orioles lose to White Sox 3-2 in opener of doubleheader caused by riots

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BALTIMORE — Summoned to pitch in a doubleheader that wasn't on the original schedule, Orioles rookie Tyler Wilson was reminded of a lesson he no doubt learned in Little League: Don't walk the leadoff hitter.

After matching zeros with Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale for five innings, Wilson gave up two runs in the sixth and the Orioles lost 3-2 Thursday in the opener of a doubleheader caused by rioting in Baltimore last month.

A modest crowd watched the opener at Camden Yards. The doubleheader was scheduled after games on April 27-28 were postponed because of riots near the ballpark following the funeral of a black man who died of injuries sustained while in police custody. The third game of that series was played without fans in the stadium.

Sale (4-2) struck out 12, gave up four singles and walked none over 7 2-3 innings.

Making his first major league start following two appearances as a reliever this month, Wilson (1-1) hung with Sale until the sixth.

Leadoff hitter Adam Eaton drew a leadoff walk, Melky Cabrera hit an opposite-field RBI double and scored on a one-out double by Adam LaRoche, who had three hits.

"The biggest takeaway obviously is walking that leadoff guy in the sixth inning. Can't happen," Wilson said. "They executed a hit-and-run well on a changeup and then LaRoche hit a 2-0 changeup."

Wilson allowed two runs, five hits and a walk in six innings. The 25-year-old was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk as the 26th man for the doubleheader.

"Gave us a chance to win," manager Buck Showalter said. "Just matched up against one of the best pitchers in baseball. Sale had everything going today."

Sale was pulled in the eighth after striking out Caleb Joseph and Everth Cabrera to raise his pitch count to 120.

"My main objective today was to fill in innings and get as deep as I could into the ballgame," Sale said. "You get a doubleheader, you want to get as far in there as you can in the first one."

PHOTO: Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale delivers against the Baltimore Orioles in the first baseball game of a doubleheader, Thursday, May 28, 2015, in Baltimore. The White Sox won 3-2. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale delivers against the Baltimore Orioles in the first baseball game of a doubleheader, Thursday, May 28, 2015, in Baltimore. The White Sox won 3-2. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

Sale did just that, sparing a bullpen that had a 7.20 ERA and two blown saves in its previous four games.

Although Sale failed to go eight innings for the first time in four starts, he's 2-0 with a 1.71 ERA over 31 2-3 innings during that span.

The 12 strikeouts were a season high for Sale. He owns the franchise record for career games with at least 10 strikeouts (21) and 12-plus strikeouts (11).

After Tyler Flowers added a run-scoring grounder in the ninth, Chris Davis hit a two-run homer in the bottom half off Zach Duke before Jake Petricka struck out Travis Snider for his first save. Davis has three homers in his last two games.

Duke struck out Manny Machado on a check-swing to end the eighth, with Machado getting ejected for arguing the call. Duke added two more strikeouts in the ninth before Delmon Young singled and Davis connected.

"It would mean a lot for us for him to get it going for a while," Showalter said.

MATUSZ HEARING SET

Orioles LHP Brian Matusz will have his appeal of an eight-game suspension heard on June 3. He received the suspension Monday after being ejected from a game in Miami on Saturday for having a foreign substance on his right arm.

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: 3B Avisail Garcia was not in the starting lineup for either game because of inflammation in his right knee.

Orioles: C Matt Wieters (elbow) was scheduled to catch for Double-A Bowie on Thursday. ... RHP Kevin Gausman (shoulder inflammation) is scheduled to face batters Friday and pitch for a minor league team on June 6.

UP NEXT

White Sox: RHP Chris Beck made his major league debut in the nightcap. Rookie RHP Mike Wright started for the Orioles.

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