Mateo slugs Orioles past White Sox for 4th straight win

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Baltimore Orioles' Jorge Mateo hits a double during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago, Saturday, June 25, 2022.

    Baltimore Orioles' Jorge Mateo hits a double during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago, Saturday, June 25, 2022. Associated Press

  • Baltimore Orioles' Austin Hays, right, celebrates with first base coach Anthony Sanders after hitting a three-run double during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago, Saturday, June 25, 2022.

    Baltimore Orioles' Austin Hays, right, celebrates with first base coach Anthony Sanders after hitting a three-run double during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago, Saturday, June 25, 2022. Associated Press

  • Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa watches from the dugout during the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Chicago, Saturday, June 25, 2022.

    Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa watches from the dugout during the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Chicago, Saturday, June 25, 2022. Associated Press

  • Chicago White Sox center fielder Luis Robert chases the ball on a three-run double hit by Baltimore Orioles' Austin Hays in the seventh inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Saturday, June 25, 2022.

    Chicago White Sox center fielder Luis Robert chases the ball on a three-run double hit by Baltimore Orioles' Austin Hays in the seventh inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Saturday, June 25, 2022. Associated Press

  • Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Jose Ruiz wipes his face after Baltimore Orioles' Austin Hays hit a three-run double during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Saturday, June 25, 2022.

    Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Jose Ruiz wipes his face after Baltimore Orioles' Austin Hays hit a three-run double during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Saturday, June 25, 2022. Associated Press

  • Chicago White Sox shortstop Leury Garcia makes a fielding error on a ball hit by Baltimore Orioles' Cedric Mullins hit during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Saturday, June 25, 2022.

    Chicago White Sox shortstop Leury Garcia makes a fielding error on a ball hit by Baltimore Orioles' Cedric Mullins hit during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Saturday, June 25, 2022. Associated Press

  • Baltimore Orioles' Jorge Mateo celebrates with teammates after scoring on a fielding error by Chicago White Sox shortstop Leury Garcia during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Saturday, June 25, 2022.

    Baltimore Orioles' Jorge Mateo celebrates with teammates after scoring on a fielding error by Chicago White Sox shortstop Leury Garcia during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Saturday, June 25, 2022. Associated Press

  • Baltimore Orioles' Trey Mancini, right, celebrates with Jorge Mateo after scoring on a three-run double by Austin Hays during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago, Saturday, June 25, 2022.

    Baltimore Orioles' Trey Mancini, right, celebrates with Jorge Mateo after scoring on a three-run double by Austin Hays during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago, Saturday, June 25, 2022. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 6/25/2022 6:46 PM

CHICAGO -- Jorge Mateo homered and doubled to lead the Orioles over the Chicago White Sox 6-2 on Saturday, giving Baltimore its first four-game winning streak this season.

Lance Lynn (1-1) retired eight straight batters before Mateo lifted a solo homer just over the left-center fence to put Baltimore ahead in the third.

 

Baltimore coughed up its advantage on two errors in the bottom of the inning, but Mateo struck back by belting his 10th double off the left field wall. He scored to make it 2-1 on the next at-bat, when Leury García erred on Cedric Mullins' infield grounder.

Spenser Watkins (1-1) gave up five hits and no earned runs to get his third win in 19 career starts. He fanned four and walked one in five innings.

'Love the way he kept guys off balance, love the way he threw a bunch of strikes,' Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. 'The cutter was good, threw some good curveballs and mixed (pitches) extremely well.'

Watkins was feeling good physically after coming right up on his pitch limit, recording 49 strikes on 78 pitches.

'Very pleased to be able to give the team a chance to win, especially with the momentum they've already carried into this series and so far in the series,' Watkins said.

Chicago scored after rookie Lenyn Sosa reached on Tyler Nevin's throwing error, then Luis Robert singled to center, scoring Sosa on a throwing error by Mateo.

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Mateo snagged a line drive to deny Sosa his first big-league hit in the fifth.

Bryan Baker, Nick Vespi and Dillon Tate combined to allow one hit and a run in four innings.

'It's really fun kind of getting on this little roll,' Baker said. 'Hopefully we can continue this throughout the road trip and keep the momentum rolling.'

EYEING .500

Baltimore (34-39) has won eight of 10.

'We come to the park every day and expect to win,' first baseman Trey Mancini said. 'That's not a feeling we've had here in a long time.'

Even for the AL East cellar-dwellers, a few victories can make a crucial difference in clubhouse morale. The Orioles are now 23-8 when scoring five or more runs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

'It's been a while since we've really been close to .500, not that it's the goal or any sort of ultimate goal by any means,' Mancini said.

SOUTHSIDE SLIDE

Chicago has lost four in a row at home.

Lynn's day ended in the seventh after he walked Mateo, hit Robinson Chirinos and Trey Mancini with pitches, and Cedric Mullins singled. The 35-year-old allowed six hits and two earned runs in 6 2/3 innings, striking out eight and walking one.

'Whenever we've pitched well, they've pitched better,' White Sox manager Tony La Russa said. 'Whenever we've hit, they've hit better. You get outplayed, you lose games.'

Reliever José Ruiz fared no better, surrendering a bases-clearing double to Austin Hays which scored three runs and put Baltimore comfortably ahead 6-1.

Boos rang out from the Guaranteed Rate Field stands when Ruiz escaped the frame without more damage.

Chicago pulled a run back in the ninth as Seby Zavala drove in Gavin Sheets on a groundout.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Baltimore: IF Rylan Bannon and RHP Marcos Diplán were each optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday. Diplán has allowed four hits and one earned run in 5.2 innings this season. .. IF Jonathan Araúz made his Orioles debut and Watkins made his first start since May 22 after the Orioles recalled them from Norfolk.

Chicago: SS Tim Anderson had Saturday off as the White Sox continue to limit his workload since his return from a groin injury on Monday. Anderson, 1B José Abreu, OF Luis Robert, DH Andrew Vaughn and OF AJ Pollock currently have instructions to 'slow it down' on routine base running plays, according to La Russa. ... C Yasmani Grandal (lower back spasms) is nearing a return from a right knee sprain. ... OF Eloy Jiménez started as Triple-A Charlotte's designated hitter on Saturday as he rehabilitates from a right hamstring strain.

UP NEXT

RHP Jordan Lyles (4-6, 4.92 ERA) gets the start against Chicago RHP Dylan Cease (5-3, 2.68 ERA) in Sunday's series finale.

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