Adam Dunn made up for a costly mistake the best way he knows.
The slugger continued a month-long hot streak with a walk-off home run on Thursday afternoon as the White Sox downed the Baltimore Orioles, 3-2, at U.S. Cellular Field. Dunn, who went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, blasted the 429th homer of his career on a 3-2 curveball from Orioles reliever Tommy Hunter.
The opposite-field homer, a 398-foot shot, gave the White Sox a win only an inning after Dunn committed an error that allowed Baltimore to complete a game-tying rally.
“How that inning went down, it was good any way we could to get that win,” Dunn said.
While the White Sox victories have been limited since June 1, Dunn has had a hand in most of the ones they have won. He nearly helped give away a win on Thursday when he couldn’t field Taylor Teagarden’s RBI grounder beyond first base in the eighth inning.
But he bounced back with the solo blast, his 23rd of the season.
Dunn not only homered, he also singled in the team’s second run earlier in the game. White Sox manager Robin Ventura didn’t overlook the fact that both run-scoring hits went to the left side.
“The stretch that he’s on, lefty or righty, it’s solid contact,” Ventura said. “Earlier in the game with a guy on third and the infield’s in, he gets that guy in going the other way. Once he’s hitting the ball the other way, he’s dangerous. He’s dangerous any time he goes up there, but again, just the quality of the at-bats is great to see.”
Since June 4, Dunn is 28-for-96 (.292) with 11 homers and 26 RBIs. He has a .292/.410/.667 slash line over the same period and is on pace to finish the season with 45 homers and 112 RBIs.
Dunn said his recent run is an extension of the work he and Jeff Manto put in back in spring training.
“The things we’ve been working on since spring training just kind of paying off now,” Dunn said. “Like I said from Day 1, I’ve been feeling pretty good all year. I just wasn’t getting any results. It seems like now a little better pitches and putting some good wood on it.”