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June 24, 2014

Sox drop 4th straight

BALTIMORE — The Chicago White Sox had yielded 14 hits, including a career-high 11 by starter Chris Sale, yet still stood poised to end their four-game losing streak.

And then the magic vanished.

Chris Davis hit a pinch-hit, three-run homer in the ninth inning off Ronald Belisario to doom to the White Sox to a 6-4 defeat Monday night.

Chicago had no right to be in position to win, given that the Orioles got a hit in every inning and finished with three home runs.

Sale, who came in 6-1 with a 2.20 ERA, worked out of one jam after another in six innings. The left-hander walked one, hit a batter and had a season-low three strikeouts.

“My own manager was calling me Houdini,” Sale said. “I just got lucky in some cases. I should have lost that game easily in terms of giving up more runs.”

Davis was excluded from the starting lineup after batting just .130 in his previous 14 starts. Called upon by manager Buck Showalter with runners on first and second and one out in the ninth, Davis launched a 3-2 pitch into the right-field seats.

“I made a mistake with it,” Belasario (3-4) said. “For me, it’s pretty tough. I’m trying to get my job done, but things happen.”

Davis, who led the majors in home runs and RBIs last year, started the game in the dugout with a .216 batting average and 78 strikeouts in 218 at-bats.

Adam Jones and Caleb Joseph also homered for the Orioles, who trailed 4-2 in the eighth before rallying to hand the White Sox their eighth straight road loss.

Brad Brach (1-0) pitched two hitless innings for Baltimore.

Jose Abreu hit his 22nd homer and drove in three runs for Chicago, which went 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position.

“Bad times are part of this and I think what we have to do is we have to play together,” Abreu said. “We have to get united. Tough times are going to be there. That’s part of the game.”

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