CHICAGO (AP) –Rookie Adley Rutschman homered, doubled and drove in three runs to lead the Baltimore Orioles past the Chicago White Sox 4-0 on Thursday night.
Ryan Mountcastle had two doubles among his three hits as the Orioles won their second in a row and third in four. Dean Kremer pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings before three relievers completed a nine-hit shutout.
Batter Rutschman came in at bat just .211 with a home run and four RBIs, but the 24-year-old catcher is batting .341 (14 for 41) in his last 12 games.
Kremer (2-1) worked around seven hits and several well-hit drives that the Baltimore outfielders caught on the wall. The right-hander struck out four and scored one in his second straight scoreless outing and fourth start since returning from a strained right oblique on June 5.
Jorge Lopez entered with one out at ninth and runners at first and second. The Orioles closed in on Tim Anderson and Andrew Vaughn for their 12th save.
Johnny Cueto (1-4) allowed three runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings, striking out seven and striking out one in the loss.
The White Sox lost their second in a row – and their injuries got worse.
Utility Danny Mendick will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL in his right knee. Outfielder Adam Engel heads to the 10-day injured list with a strained right hamstring.
Center fielder Luis Robert was dropped from the starting lineup to rest from an unspecified injury. Manager Tony La Russa said he hoped Robert would be available on Friday.
First baseman José Abreu had two hits, but was again relegated to designated hitter due to a hip problem.
Rutschman lined up Cueto’s 2-2 cutter in the right-field bullpen for Baltimore’s 2-0 lead — and the second homer of his career — in fourth. Mountcastle was on board after rounding the wall to the center right.
Rutschman hosted reliever Reynaldo Lopez with a brace down the right-field line in the sixth to drive Austin Hays and increase the Orioles lead to 3-0.
Cedric Mullins’ second hit of the game resulted in a run in the ninth.
A day after becoming the sixth player in Orioles history (since 1954) to hit for the cycle, Austin Hays settled for a double and scored in four at bats.
Hays had a great nose-first dive catch on Jake Burger’s volley along the right-field line in the eighth to prevent an extra base hit with a runner.
To fill Mendick and Engel’s spots, the White Sox recalled INF/OF Gavin Sheets from Triple-A Charlotte and INF Lenyn Sosa from Double-A Birmingham
The Sheets started in right field and hit sixth. He was sent off by Hays who was trying to score in the fourth.
Sosa came in at second base in sixth for his major league debut. Josh Harrison, who started in second, left after being hit by a shoulder pitch in fifth.
White Sox: Mendick needs surgery, although no date has been set, and expects to be ready for spring training in February. He hit .289 with three home runs and 15 RBIs in 31 games. Mendick was playing shortstop when he collided with left fielder Adam Haseley on a popping foul in Wednesday’s 9-5 loss to Toronto. … Engel had a similar hamstring injury before and said it didn’t seem particularly serious. … Chicago moved OF Eloy Jimenez to the 60-day disabled list. Jimenez, out since April 24 with a torn right hamstring tendon, is in rehab in Charlotte.
Baltimore RHP Kyle Bradish (1-4, 7.38) takes on Chicago RHP Michael Kopech (2-3, 2.38) on Friday night.
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