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CHICAGO—The Orioles had so many chances to score. They walked 10 times, were just 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position, and left 13 runners on base. They also made three errors and dropped their first extra-inning game of the season.
The Orioles lost a sloppy 7-6 game in 10 innings to the Chicago White Sox before an announced crowd of 32.091 at Guaranteed Rate Field on Saturday.
Third baseman Ramón Urías was hit in the head by a pitch from Chicago’s Kendall Graveman in the seventh inning and stayed down for several moments before leaving.
“He is under concussion protocol right now,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “He’s going to be doing some further testing. It was a pretty scary moment. When I went there, his eyes were open. Obviously, he looked extremely rattled. Him walking off the field was definitely a positive.”
Gunnar Henderson pinch-ran for Urías, who could be placed on the 7-day concussion injured list if the Orioles think he’ll need that long to recover. Joey Ortiz, who is on the 40-man roster, was removed from Triple-A Norfolk’s game at Nashville as a precaution, according to the Orioles.
On Jackie Robinson Day, when all players wore No. 42 to honor baseball’s first Black player, the Orioles’ sixth pitcher, Logan Gillaspie, who was the loser, was originally introduced as Austin Voth.
The Orioles (8-7) took the lead in the top of the 10th on Adley Rutschman’s forceout with Henderson scoring.
An RBI single by Oscar Colás in the bottom of the 10th against Gillaspie (0-1) was the game-winner. Yasmani Grandal’s flare double to short left drove in the tying run.
The Orioles have walked 19 times in the two games this weekend.
“We had chances. I thought it was a really good baseball game,” Hyde said. “Punches thrown, back and forth, both teams … I was happy with how our guys competed. I thought we played well, made a couple of mistakes defensively.”
None of the three errors, starting pitcher Kyle Gibson’s throwing error on Andrew Benintendi’s infield hit in the first, Jorge Mateo’s miscue on Luis Robert’s grounder in the fifth, and Henderson’s throwing error on Eloy Jiménez’s grounder in the seventh, led to runs.
“We didn’t play our best defense,” Hyde said. “Mateo gets to that ball that 99 percent of guys don’t even get to, a tough play for [first baseman Ryan] Mountastle. We had our chances.”
Mateo led off the third inning with his third home run against Michael Kopech.
Jake Burger’s sacrifice fly against Gibson tied it at 1 in the fourth, and Benintendi’s RBI double in the fifth put Chicago ahead, 2-1.
The Orioles scored three runs in the sixth when Anthony Santander broke an 0-for-13 skid with his first home run of the season. Mateo’s RBI single and Cedric Mullins’ bases-loaded walk put them ahead, 4-2.
Gibson, who was the first Orioles pitcher to start and win his first three games, allowed Burger’s second home run in two games to tie the score at 4. Gibson, who pitched 5 1/3 innings, was removed after Burger’s home run.
“Obviously, the slider is the one pitch I’d like to have back,” Gibson said. “It really made it tough on the bullpen the rest of the game. Offense goes out and gets you a lead, you’ve got to get through the sixth inning with that. Had a chance to get out of that and get it to an 0-2 count, a favorable one, and you leave a slider down the middle. That’s what hitters are going to do.
“The most frustrating part is the spot that it puts the bullpen in. With the extra inning, having to cover five innings. Got to get through the sixth right there.”
Hyde used Danny Coulombe, Bryan Baker, Cionel Pérez, Yennier Cano and Gillaspie, who allowed hits to each of his three batters.
Austin Hays tripled with two outs in the seventh. Adam Frazier walked, and Urías was hit. He walked off with athletic trainer Mark Shires and Hyde. Ryan O’Hearn walked with the bases loaded. Hays scored, and the Orioles led, 5-4.
Chicago tied it on Andrew Vaughn’s run-scoring double in the seventh.
“I feel like we’re doing really good right now,” Mateo said through a translator. “I feel like we’re having really good at-bats at the plate. I feel like defensive has been really solid. The pitching pretty well, throwing good pitches, so I feel like we’ve been doing a good job. We’re just going to have to keep going.”
Notes: Mateo was thrown out attempting to steal second in the fifth inning. The Orioles are 22-for-24 in stolen-base attempts. … Grayson Rodriguez (0-0, 6.75) will face Dylan Cease (2-0, 1.65) on Sunday at 2:10 p.m.
Bradish’s rehab start: Hyde said that Kyle Bradish, who’s rehabbing a bruised right foot, reported that he felt fine after his Friday night rehab start with Double-A Bowie. He allowed four runs, one unearned, in five innings. Bradish is in line to start Wednesday at Washington.
“We’re making those decisions now,” Hyde said. “He came out with the foot feeling good. That’s the biggest thing. He got his pitch count up. There was some good and some bad, but it sounded like he threw the ball well, but not quite the results [he wanted]. The foot feels good coming out of the outing and so that’s what we wanted to see.”
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