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Orioles beat White Sox, 6-3; Nolan Reimold hits three-run HR to help collect 14th win

The Orioles won again on a Friday night at home, defeating the Chicago White Sox with the help of their newfound surprise in the outfield, Nolan Reimold.

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Do you like short games? Do you like short games when your Baltimore Orioles win? If you answered yes to both of these questions, it's a pretty safe bet that you enjoyed Friday night's 6-3 win against the White Sox.

The Fightin' Buck Showalters improved to 14-8 on a dreary night that provided anything but gloomy final results.

The first five innings were a blur. While Mike Wright mowed down the Chi Sox with beautiful efficiency (66 pitches, three hits and one run through the first five), counterpart Carlos Rodon followed suit. The 23-year-old was perfect through the first 11 batters, stopped by a Chris Davis single that didn't yield anything after Mark Trumbo grounded out to end the 4th.

In the bottom of the 5th inning, things started to get a bit fun. After Adam Jones walked and Matt Wieters reached on an error, J.J. Hardy grounded into a fielder's choice that saw Jones get caught in a rundown. However, after that, the "we don't particularly enjoy to lose at home" Orioles kicked into gear.

After Nolan Reimold loaded the bases with an infield single, Jonathan Schoop popped a single to centerfield. That scored Wieters and Hardy, giving the Birds a 2-1 lead.

With one out and men at first and second, Schoop delivered again. He - within the rules - slid into second on a Joey Rickard groundout and forced a throwing error from the veteran Jimmy Rollins. Reimold ended up scoring the oddly manufactured run, giving the O's a 3-1 lead to enter the sixth.

Unfortunately, the "fun" ended up continuing on offense for the White Sox. The Orioles lead? Well, that didn't exactly last. After Mike Wright stumbled in the sixth with two walks and a pair of singles, Brad Brach entered and surrendered a leadoff home run to Brett Lawrie in the seventh. He'd go on to retire the next three, but the damage was done.

Back to a brand new ballgame, it was time for the offense to perform in Camden Yards style - and on this Friday night, they didn't disappoint.

Hardy and Wieters kicked off the seventh with two singles, merely setting the stage for the newfound superstar left-fielder, Mr. Reimold. Apparently, Nolan felt the need to pay homage to Earl Weaver, because he went oppo-taco to right a three-run HR.

Remember when we thought Reim-time was a lost cause? Man, this guy is good when he is healthy.

From there, you know exactly what happened. Darren O'Day and Zach Britton locked down the eighth and ninth, putting Chicago away for good and, on the one year anniversary of the no-fan game after the Baltimore riots, giving the Birds yet another Friday night win.

Celebrate good times!

The takeaways

  • Wright was very good for the first five innings, showing legitimate command and plus stuff. He's not going to win the Cy Young this year, but tonight was encouraging for many reasons. He should be a very viable option for the rest of the year. Growing by the start...
  • Manny Machado had another two-hit night. He's batting .341 on the season. Still good. Very good.
  • O'Day struck out two in the scoreless eighth inning. As a reminder, he still hasn't allowed a run all season.
  • Wright struck out six and forced the White Sox to roll over on nine grounders. He didn't get the win, but his outing was far from disappointing.