BALTIMORE -- White Sox left-hander Chris Sale worked some magic against the Orioles for six innings Monday night, wiggling out of trouble again and again to provide hope that the Sox might be able to make their ugly road slide disappear.
Sox closer Ronald Belisario possessed no such trickery.
The decibel level at Oriole Park at Camden Yards climbed with each batter that stepped to the plate in the ninth against Belisario, who was clinging to a one-run lead. It skyrocketed as pinch-hitter Chris Davis hit a walk-off three-run homer for a 6-4 Orioles victory.
Belisario suffered his fourth blown save of the season, and the White Sox lost their season-high fifth game in a row.
"For most of that game, we were lucky to be in the situation we were, but you've got to be able to close it out," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "Anytime somebody hits it out, it's a bad pitch, any way you want to slice it. We're at the point now where there are no silver linings to it, so you've got to just find a win."
Belisario gave up a single to Steve Pearce and hit Adam Jones with a pitch before Davis stepped to the plate with one out. Belisario said he was trying to throw outside but made a mistake.
"For me, it's tough, you know," said Belisario, who also gave up a game-winning single to the Twins on Friday night. "I have to get my job done, but I mean, things happen. Not lucky tonight. ... I made a mistake, and I lost the game."
Sale labored through most of his night, allowing a season-high 11 hits. But he still allowed just two runs -- both on a first-inning home run by Jones -- walked one and struck out three.
He stranded runners on the corners in the third inning by recording his first two strikeouts. In the fourth, he loaded the bases with one out on back-to-back singles and a hit batter, but he prompted Pearce to fly out to right field, with Moises Sierra's throw holding the runner on third. Sale then struck out Jones to end the inning unscathed.
The Orioles loaded the bases in the fifth with no outs on three straight singles. The Sox came up with a force out at home and a double play to keep the Orioles from scoring.
"When your own manager is calling you the Houdini, you've gotten lucky in some cases," Sale said. "I should have lost that game easily tonight in terms of just giving up more runs. (Sox catcher Tyler Flowers) knew what to do."
The Sox gave their pitchers a late lead thanks in part to three RBIs from designated hitter Jose Abreu, his ninth game with three or more RBIs this season. He hit his 22nd home run of the season in the sixth inning off Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen and added a two-out double in the seventh. Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie had the other RBI, on a sixth-inning double.
Sox reliever Zach Putnam gave up a solo home run in the eighth inning to Caleb Joseph as the Orioles set the table for the comeback.
The game continued the roughest stretch of the season for the Sox, who lost for the ninth time in 11 games and lost their eighth consecutive road game.
"You've got to put your big-boy pants on and go out there and win a game," Ventura said. "That's a fact. So be ready to go tomorrow."
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