BALTIMORE — The Orioles traded for right-hander Scott Feldman just more than two months ago to fortify their starting rotation. They believed the veteran they acquired from the Chicago Cubs would be a valuable asset in their chase for a playoff spot.
And the 30-year-old pitcher turned in perhaps the finest game of his career Friday night, completing his first career shutout in a 4-0 win over the Chicago White Sox in front of an announced 26,253 at Camden Yards.
Feldman held the White Sox to just five hits — all singles — in giving Baltimore its first complete game in more than a year, since Jason Hammel threw a shutout June 16, 2012, in Atlanta.
“All these games are important, so just to win the game was huge,” Feldman said. “I don’t care if I got nine [innings] or seven or whatever it is. As long as we win, it’s a good game.”
The Orioles (75-65) hit three home runs off White Sox left-hander John Danks — improving their major league-leading homer total to 191 — including back-to-back homers by Chris Davis and Matt Wieters in the sixth inning.
Seventeen of the Orioles’ past 18 runs have been scored by home run.
Feldman (5-4) has allowed one or fewer runs in four of his past five starts, going 3-1 and pitching to a 1.36 ERA in that span.
Davis’s homer was his 48th of the season, ending an eight-game homerless drought. He is now two homers shy of Brady Anderson’s club record, set in 1996.