BALTIMORE (AP) — The Chicago White Sox had just dropped their eighth straight game to fall deeper into the AL Central cellar, and someone asked manager Robin Ventura if his players might be putting too much pressure on themselves to win.
"I don't think they're pressing," Ventura said after a 4-0 loss to Baltimore on Friday night. "It's just the way it is. I don't know what there is to press for."
Chicago doesn't have much left to play for this season, and at this juncture it's clear the White Sox are no match for teams in pursuit of a playoff berth. Chicago fell to 0-8 on a road trip that began with three losses in Boston and three more at Yankee Stadium.
The White Sox have scored only one run in the first two games of this series, which runs through Sunday.
In this one, Scott Feldman (5-4) pitched a five-hitter for his first career shutout and second complete game. The right-hander walked one, struck out three and allowed only one runner past first base.
"We just couldn't get anything going," Ventura said. "We got a couple hits here and there, but nothing with anything on it. Even when we got some guys on, we couldn't really do anything with it."
Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 48th home run, and Danny Valencia and Matt Wieters also connected for the Orioles. All three homers came off John Danks (4-12).
"The few mistakes I made, they hit them out of the ballpark," said Danks, who allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings.
Davis moved within two homers of tying Brady Anderson for the single-season club record. The drive gave Davis 123 RBIs, second-most in the majors behind Detroit's Miguel Cabrera (130).
The Orioles lead the majors with 191 home runs, which is the main reason why they're still in the thick of the playoff chase. It was the second day in a row that Baltimore hit three solo shots.
"I think it's just a combination of guys feeling a little bit of urgency and being aggressive in the right spots," Davis said. "Nobody's going up there expecting to hit home runs or trying to hit home runs. I think the biggest thing is trying to get a pitch to drive and letting the bat kind of take over. This is obviously a big point in the year for us. We need to win as many games as possible and the fact that guys are stepping up big in these spots is huge."
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