Orioles-White Sox Preview
Chris Davis is keeping pace with a Triple Crown winner.
That's never a bad thing.
Davis hit his major league-leading 32nd homer and added a two-run double in Baltimore's 4-2 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday. He has four homers and nine RBIs over his last four games, knocking in nine of the Orioles' 21 runs during that stretch.
"They've got a guy that's hitting .330,'' Chicago's Gordon Beckham said. "Driving in a million runs and hitting a million home runs. He's really good. It's tough to say anything about our side when he's doing what he's doing.''
What Davis has been doing is leading the Orioles to wins. Baltimore (48-37) is 19-10 in games in which Davis has hit a home run, including Wednesday when his solo shot gave the Orioles a 2-1 advantage. His double in the eighth gave Baltimore the lead for good in its major league-best 69th road win since the start of 2012.
"I think it's more a feeling of comfort than anything else,'' he said. ''I feel comfortable in the box. I feel like I'm seeing the ball well and getting good pitches to hit. I feel comfortable hitting with no strikes, one strike or two strikes.''
Wednesday's defeat was the sixth in seven games for Chicago (33-48), which has scored three runs or fewer four times in that stretch.
Alex Rios scored a first-inning run in the loss, but has just three singles in his last 28 at-bats.
The White Sox were 2 for 10 with runners in scoring position Wednesday and are 4 for 21 over the last three games.
Baltimore's Zach Britton (2-2, 4.50 ERA) enjoyed having Davis on his side his last time out. After the slugger failed to contribute an RBI in Britton's first three starts, Davis made up for it Saturday, belting two homers and knocking in five runs to help him defeat the Yankees. Britton ended up allowing two runs - one earned - over 5 2-3 innings in an 11-3 rout.
The left-hander was sent to the minors earlier this season after he struggled in his first start, surrendering six runs and 10 hits in six innings at Seattle. Since he was recalled June 18, Britton has posted a 2.81 ERA in three starts.
Britton is 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA in two outings against the White Sox and struck out a career-high 10 over eight innings in a 5-3 win in the most recent meeting Aug. 30.
He hasn't pitched past the sixth inning in any of his last six starts, but Baltimore relievers have compiled a 0.47 ERA in the past six games.
For the White Sox, Jose Quintana (3-2, 3.97) seeks his first win since May 21. He hasn't recorded a decision in any of his last six starts and allowed five runs and three walks over six innings in a 9-8 loss to Cleveland on Friday.
The lefty was tagged for five runs and seven hits - including two homers - over 3 2-3 innings opposite Britton in August.
Orioles backup catcher Taylor Teagarden homered off Quintana in that game and is likely to start Thursday. Teagarden is 3 for 31 (.097) with two home runs this season.