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Wednesday, August 20 (All times Eastern)
Baltimore Orioles (72-52) at Chicago White Sox (59-67), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Baltimore - Wei-Yin Chen (12-4, 3.76) Chicago - Hector Noesi (7-8, 4.84)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Baltimore Orioles take aim at their first road sweep of the Chicago White Sox in over 19 years on Wednesday night in the finale of a three-game set.
Baltimore has outscored Chicago 13-3 in winning the first two games of this series, pushing its winning streak to three in a row. The American League East leaders are 8-3 over their past 11 games.
Chris Tillman moved to 7-0 in 14 road starts this season by logging eight innings of one-run ball in Tuesday's 5-1 win. He allowed three hits and a walk with nine strikeouts.
"Without a doubt the guys on the mound have been there while we're trying to straighten some things out offensively," said Baltimore manager Buck Showalter. "They're the reason we've been able to win consistently."
Nick Hundley homered and Chris Davis drove in two runs for the Orioles, who have not swept the White Sox in Chicago since winning all four games of a series from July 6-9, 1995.
Baltimore last swept Chicago from May 4-6, 1999, at three-game series at Camden Yards.
The Orioles won two of three versus the White Sox at home from June 23-25 and have claimed seven of the past nine meetings overall.
Jose Abreu was the lone bright spot for Chicago, cranking his 32nd home run of the season. Abreu tied Orioles' slugger Nelson Cruz and Giancarlo Stanton of Miami for the most home runs in the majors.
Jose Quintana allowed four runs on eight hits to absorb the loss.
"Offensively we just didn't get anything going and we've been that way for a couple of days now," said Chicago manager Robin Ventura. "We haven't really gotten any rallies or big hits to get things going."
Ventura's club will try to get something going tonight against Baltimore left- hander Wei-Yin Chen, who comes in 12-4 on the year with a 3.76 earned run average.
Chen had a five-start win streak snapped with a loss at Toronto on Aug. 6, but fired seven innings of one-run ball in a no-decision versus Cleveland on Friday. He worked around four hits and one walk while striking out six.
The 29-year-old did not get a decision versus the White Sox on June 23, charged with three runs over 5 2/3 innings. He is 1-0 against them lifetime with a 3.13 ERA in four meetings.
Hector Noesi goes for the White Sox and he got a win versus Toronto on Friday despite allowing five runs on eight hits and two walks over five innings. He got plenty of support, though, in an 11-5 decision.
Noesi, though, was due after not factoring into a 2-1 win over Seattle in his previous start, giving up only one unearned run in 7 1/3 frames.
The 27-year-old righty is 7-8 on the season with a 4.84 ERA and got a no- decision versus Baltimore on June 25, giving up two runs in seven innings of work.
08/20 10:42:51 ET
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