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Abreu’s homer and five RBIs helps White Sox crush Orioles on the road

No trouble battering Birds’ pitching

Jose Abreu homered and drove in five runs, James McCann had a homer and four RBIs, and Chicago White Sox beat the bumbling Baltimore Orioles 12-2 on Monday night at Camden Yards.

McCann’s three-run drive off David Hess (1-4) highlighted a four-run fifth inning, and Abreu’s shot with a man on sparked a four-run seventh against Tanner Scott.

Abreu also had an RBI single in the fifth, and singled in two runs during a four-run eighth.

The rebuilding Orioles have lost four straight, fell to 1-10 at home, and drew just 8,555 fans – their fifth time under 10,000 at Camden Yards this season.

Baltimore’s youth and inexperience was on full display in this defeat. Shortstop Richie Martin committed two errors, Renanto Núñez killed a potential rally by getting picked off third base with the bases loaded, Pedro Severino had a passed ball during Chicago’s pivotal fifth inning, and Miguel Castro threw three wild pitches in the eighth.

Catcher Jesus Sucre pitched the ninth for Baltimore, marking the third time in 24 games this season that manager Brandon Hyde has used a position player on the mound. Throwing sliders in the 65 mph range, Sucre worked a 1-2-3 inning.

Hess retired 12 of his first 13 batters before he fell apart in the fifth, when he walked two and allowed four hits – a home run, two doubles and a single.

Making his first start since 2015 – his last season in the majors before this year – Chicago left-hander Manny Bañuelos gave up five hits and a walk over four shutout innings. He was followed by Ryan Burr, who allowed a run in 1 2/3 innings, and Jace Fry (1-0), who permitted one hit over 1 1/3 innings.

Baltimore’s runs came on an RBI double by Trey Mancini in the fifth and a solo homer by Severino in the ninth.

This was merely the latest in a series of lopsided defeats at Camden Yards for the Orioles. They lost 15-3 to the Yankees, 13-2 and 10-3 to Oakland, and 16-7 on Saturday to Minnesota.

White Sox outfielder Eloy Jiménez was placed on the bereavement list and will miss the final two games of the three-game series.

Jiménez’s grandmother died Sunday night, and the rookie returned to
his native Dominican Republic.

“He was close to his grandmother and it’s the right thing for him to do,” manager Rick Renteria said.

The team called up Nicky Delmonico, who started in left field.

White Sox starting pitcher Lucas Giolito (hamstring), placed on the 10-day IL on April 18, could be back with the club shortly after he’s eligible to return, Renteria said. Outfielder John Jay (groin) is “starting to increase a lot of his activity,” Renteria said, but added, “we’re still very guarded with him.”

Ivan Nova (0-2, 6.23 ERA) makes his fifth start tonight, still looking for his first win with Chicago. Andrew Cashner (3-1, 4.97) is looking to win his fourth straight decision for Baltimore.

Cardinals 13, Brewers 5: St. Louis scored seven runs in the bottom of the seventh to break open what had been a 5-4 game at Busch Stadium.

Marcel Ozuna drew a bases-loaded walk, and Jose Martinez followed with a sacrifice fly before Yadier Molina, Dexter Fowler, Lane Thomas and Paul Goldschmidt hit RBI singles for the Cardinals.

Fowler was 4-for-5, and Goldschmidt was 3-for-4 in the game.

Jack Flaherty pitched six innings and struck out 10, allowing three hits and one walk.

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