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Chris Davis hits walk-off, 3-run HR in Orioles' 6-4 victory over White Sox

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles were woeful with runners in scoring position against the Chicago White Sox on Monday night until Chris Davis stepped to the plate with two on and one out in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Davis, who didn't start because he'd been mired in a 7-for-54 slump, then washed away all of the Orioles' lost chances throughout the night with one swing.

Davis crushed a full-count delivery from White Sox closer Ronald Belisario deep into the right-field seats for a three-run homer to give the Orioles a 6-4 walk-off win in front of an announced 17,931 at Camden Yards.

Davis' blast was the Orioles' first pinch-hit, walk-off homer in nearly 26 years, since Larry Sheets hit one against the Seattle Mariners on Aug. 24, 1988.

"It's good. Any time you're able to deliver and come through for your team, it's big," Davis said. "Like I said earlier today, I'm working as hard as I can to get back on track, doing everything I can and just knowing that as long as I continue to work, the results would be there."

With the win, the Orioles (40-35) have won three straight and are five games above .500 for the first time since May 11.

Before Davis' homer, the Orioles had just one hit in 10 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

"Chris and I talked a little bit about how much I wanted to get Delmon in there for some at-bats," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "From like the fifth inning on, he was up the runway preparing for an at-bat. Put a good swing on, I think a breaking ball."

As they opened a 10-game homestand, the Orioles had several early chances to chase White Sox ace Chris Sale from the game. And despite placing 13 runners on base against Sale, who allowed a season-high 11 hits, the Orioles scored just two runs against him in six innings.

Clinging to a one-run lead, the Orioles loaded the bases in both the fourth and fifth innings, but could not score either time.

Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop opened the fourth with back-to-back singles singled and moved into scoring position after Caleb Joseph's sacrifice bunt. Nick Markakis was hit by a pitch to load the bases, but by Sale bore down to strike out Pearce and Jones to end the inning.

After three straight Orioles singles loaded the bases in the bottom of the fifth, Machado hit into a force play at home on the second pitch of his at-bat and Schoop hit into a 4-6-3 inning-ending double play on the first pitch of his at-bat.

"It's tough because we feel like we had a lot of opportunities," Showalter said. "We just couldn't cash them in. We had some good innings. We just couldn't finish them off."

White Sox rookie slugger Jose Abreu then took a 0-1 pitch over the left-center field fence for the game-tying homer in the top of the sixth. Chicago (35-42) would take the lead later that inning on a two-out double by Conor Gillaspie.

Abreu, the Cuban defector who has been one of the best stories of the first half, drove in three runs on the night, giving him 60 on the season to tie the Orioles' Nelson Cruz for third-most in the American League.

The Orioles hit three homers in the game, including Caleb Joseph's second career homer -- and his second in as many days -- in the eighth inning that made it a one-run game off White Sox right-hander Zach Putnam.

Center fielder Adam Jones put the Orioles up 2-0 on Sale with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning that skipped off the top of the left-center field fence and into the Orioles bullpen.

Jones' 14th homer of the season came when he turned on a 1-1 slider at the knees from Sale, who has allowed only five homers in 11 starts this season.

Steve Pearce, starting at first for a struggling Davis, drew a one-out walk before Jones' blast.

White Sox leadoff hitter Adam Eaton beat out a slow roller to shortstop to open the third inning -- a play so close that Showalter considered a replay challenge, but didn't.

Eaton would go to third after Gordon Beckham's double and score on Abreu's ground out to third, cutting the Orioles lead to 2-1.

Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen fell one out short of his fourth consecutive quality start, allowing three runs on six hits over 5 2/3 innings.

"I just tried to keep the ball down, tried to avoid any extra-base hits out there," Chen said through his interpreter, Louis Chao. " I think my performance overall is OK out there."

Chen went into the sixth inning clinging to a 2-1 lead before Abreu blasted a 92-mph four-seam fastball into the Orioles bullpen in left-center for his 22nd homer of the season.

Immediately after Abreu's blast tied the game, White Sox left fielder Dayan Viciedo doubled to left to put the go-ahead run in scoring position.

Chen almost escaped the jam by retiring the next two hitters, but Gillaspie's tailing fly ball to left popped out of the glove of a diving Cruz to score Viciedo with the go-ahead run.

Right-hander Ryan Webb stranded Gillaspie at second in the sixth, but allowed a run in the seventh on Abreu's two-out RBI double. It was just the second run Webb has allowed in his last past 13 appearances.

Right-hander Brad Brach (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win, while Belisario (3-4) suffered the loss after allowing three runs in one-third of an inning.

"I hit it good, but I saw a couple of balls that were hit really well to center tonight that didn't go," Davis said about his game-winning home run. "So I was kind of watching the right fielder to see if he was going to run out of room, and eventually he did."

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