Mateo slugs Orioles past slumping White Sox for 4th straight win
Jorge Mateo homered and doubled to lead the Orioles over the White Sox 6-2 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 Garcia erred on Cedric Mullins' infield grounder.
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.
Mateo snagged a line drive to deny Sosa his first big-league hit in the fifth.
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.
Bryan Baker, Nick Vespi and Dillon Tate combined to allow one hit in four scoreless innings.
Baltimore has won eight of 10. 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.
Reliever Jose Ruiz fared no better, surrendering a bases-clearing double to Austin Hays (19) 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.
Baltimore: IF Rylan Bannon and RHP Marcos Diplan were each optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday. Diplan has allowed four hits and one earned run in 5.2 innings this season. IF Jonathan Arauz 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 Jose Abreu, OF Luis Robert, DH Andrew Vaughn and OF AJ Pollock currently have instructions to "slow it down" on routine baserunning plays, according to manager Tony La Russa. ... C Yasmani Grandal (lower back spasms) is nearing a return from a right knee sprain. ... OF Eloy Jimenez started as Triple-A Charlotte's designated hitter Saturday as he rehabilitates from a right hamstring strain.
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.