Chicago (AFP) – Austin Voth and four soothing stiffeners combined in one fell swoop, Jorge Mathieu had a heated exchange with White Sox player Michael Kubisch after nailing a pitch and the Baltimore Orioles beat Chicago 4-1 Friday night.
Voth, who is usually loyal, went three rounds on his second start. He gave up double RBI to Jake Burger in the second for Chicago’s only hit.
Joey Krepiel (3-3) worked 2 1/3 perfect innings before Brian Becker and Suniel Perez each got four. Jorge Lopez scored ninth in his 13 tackles on 15 chances, helping the Orioles win for the third time in a row and fourth in five matches.
After beating the Washington and White Sox by a combined 11-0 in the previous two games, the Orioles took off in this match as well.
The only real drama happened in the second half, after Kopech (2-4) had retired the first hitters. He nailed Matthew near his left shoulder and upper back with a technique similar to the one that hit Josh Harrison of Chicago on Thursday.
Matthew had a few words about Kopech. The benches and seats were emptied, but no punches were thrown. Orioles manager Brandon Hyde argued with crew chief Marvin Hudson, and warnings were issued to both teams.
Mathieu stole second place and got a song for Richie Martin to make it 2-0.
Cedric Mullins led the game on his own and scored a goal at Jammeh at the start.
High-quality rookie Adley Rutschman doubled down for fourth and scored from a corner kick. Austin Hayes added an RBI double in eighth to widen the gap to 4-1.
The White Sox dropped for the third consecutive time, and Kopech lost his second straight start. The right-hander went six innings, allowing three runs and three strokes.
Orioles: RHP put Kyle Bradish (Right Shoulder Inflammation) on the injured list for 15 days and recall right-back Marcus Deplan of Triple-A Norfolk. Hyde said Pradesh, who is 1-4 with a 7.38 ERA in 10 starts, felt some pain after a side session a few days ago. Hyde wasn’t sure what caused the injury, saying “it’s hard to guess.”
Head coach Tony La Russa said the White Sox:3B Yoán Moncada (right hamstring strain) could be ready to return from the 10-day injured list when he qualified on Tuesday. … CF Luis Robert is back in the squad after being suspended on Thursday due to an unspecified injury.
RHP Lance Lynn (1-0, 5.79 ERA) tries to find his rhythm for Chicago on his third start after missing out with a knee injury in spring practice. Hyde said RHB Spencer Watkins (0-1, 6.00) is likely to get the ball to Baltimore with Pradesh absent.