White Sox: Avisail Garcia clears the home run hurdle

White Sox: Avisail Garcia clears the home run hurdle
August 20, 2014, 9:45 pm
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The good news for the White Sox: Avisail Garcia hit his first home run since coming off the disabled list Saturday.

The bad news: The White Sox were swept by Baltimore with a 4-3 loss Wednesday night at U.S Cellular Field Wednesday night.

Garcia yanked Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen's 1-0 changeup into the left field bullpen in the first inning for a two-run home run that initially put the White Sox ahead.

It was Garcia's third home run of the year and first since April 8, when he hit two home runs against Colorado a day before tearing his labrum diving for a fly ball at Coors Field.

The early lead didn't hold up, though, as Steven Pearce hit a solo home run and Nelson Cruz a two-run shot in the fourth to put the Orioles ahead for good. Adam Jones added a solo home run in the sixth.

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Garcia wound up driving in all three White Sox runs, as his sixth-inning sacrifice fly scored Alexei Ramirez and kept the White Sox within one.

The White Sox mounted a rally in the eighth, with Alexei Ramirez and Alejandro De Aza hitting back-to-back singles and forcing Chen out of the game for right-handed specialist Darren O'Day.

But O'Day struck out Jose Abreu and Garcia to end the threat and continue his dominance over righties this year. Entering Wednesday, right-handed batters owned just a .513 OPS against the 31-year-old reliever, who has a minuscule 0.95 ERA this season.

Hector Noesi was saddled with the loss as he allowed four runs on seven hits with no walks and eight strikeouts against the first-place Orioles.