Jake Arrieta needed 35 pitches to get through the first inning and 70 to pitch through three. Meanwhile, Edwin Jackson fanned seven over the first four innings.
One team got excellent starting pitching and the other did not as the White Sox routed the O’s 8-0 Thursday night to win the three-game series, two to one.
Arrieta gave up seven hits and four runs and lasted just four innings tonight. He falls to 4-6, 5.10 and threw 85 pitches.
Arrieta, who was making his 15th Major League start and facing the Sox for the first time, went 1-2, 3.76 over his last four starts.
Meanwhile, Jackson had a dominant outing. He gave up just three hits over eight innings with two walks and ten strikeouts. He is 2-0, 0.96 in four Chicago starts since his trade from Arizona. He is now 5-1 in nine career appearances vs. the Birds.
Five different players drove in runs for Chicago, which has scored 70 runs over its last 12 games. Chicago is a Major League-best 45-25 since July 9th. Alex Rios was 3 for 4 with a two-run homer and 3 RBI.
The Orioles fall to 1-10 in games that decide the winner of a three-game series. They are 0-3 in those games under Buck Showalter and now have an overall record of 13-10 for their new skipper.
The O’s head to Los Angeles for a three-game series vs. the Angels that starts on Friday night.