By Dan Levin
BALTIMORE — The Chicago White Sox recent problems continued on Friday night.
The White Sox dropped their eighth consecutive game as Scott Feldman pitched a complete-game shutout, leading the Baltimore Orioles to a 4-0 victory at Camden Yards.
The Sox fell to 56-84 on the year and have scored just one run in the first two games of this four-game series with the Orioles.
“We just couldn’t get anything going,” manager Robin Ventura said. “We got a couple hits here and there but nothing with anything on it. Even when we got some guys on we couldn’t really do anything with it.”
Starting pitcher John Danks (4-12) went just 5 1/3 innings, giving up four runs — including three solo home runs.
Run support has been tough to come by for Danks, as the team has scored two or fewer runs in 11 of his 20 starts this season. It's left him very little room for error.
“That’s a very good lineup,” Danks said. “They come in with a plan and they stick to it and make adjustments along the way, and you have to try to stay one step ahead of them. They’re all capable of hitting the ball out of the ballpark.”
Chris Davis picked up three hits in the game for Baltimore, including his major league-leading 48th home run, while Danny Valencia added two hits and two RBIs. Matt Wieters also homered for the Orioles in the victory.
Paul Konerko and Jeff Keppinger each had two hits for the White Sox, as the team had just five hits for the second straight night.
Feldman (12-10) earned his fifth win as an Oriole, pitching the first complete-game shutout by an Orioles starter since Jason Hammel did it in June, 2012.
"I definitely wanted it, but the big thing this time of the year — it doesn’t matter how many innings you go — it matters who wins the game,” Feldman said. “All that other stuff is great, but we won the game. We won the first two, and hopefully we can keep playing well.”
Valencia got Baltimore on the board first with a two-out solo home run in the bottom of the third inning. After the first eight Orioles were all retired on fly balls, Valencia hit his seventh homer of year to give Baltimore a 1-0 lead.
The White Sox nearly answered the following inning when, with Keppinger on second and two outs, Konerko hit a single to center. Orioles center fielder Adam Jones came up firing, and home plate umpire John Hirschbeck called Keppinger out. though replays showed he beat the tag from Wieters.
“I thought I beat him to the plate, thought I got my hand in there,” Keppinger said. “It happens, it seems like we’ve had a lot of calls go that way lately."
Valencia struck again for Baltimore in the fifth inning. After J.J. Hardy and Nick Markakis led off the inning with singles, Michael Morse grounded into a double play that moved Hardy to third with two outs.
Valencia then hit a sharp ground ball down the third-base line, where Keppinger made a diving play to stop the ball. But Valencia just beat the throw to first, allowing Hardy to score for a 2-0 lead.
Baltimore added some insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth inning with one out. Davis hit his major league leading 48th home run, and Wieters followed with a solo homer. That made it 4-0 and ended Danks' night.