The game was slipping away from Bud Norris. The Orioles were up by just a run in the bottom of the seventh and Conor Gillaspie hit a long drive to right field.

Nick Markakis ran back, leaped and took a two-run home run away from Gillaspie and kept the Orioles lead intact.

Norris leaped on the mound and watched as his teammates scored five runs in the eighth and make the final a deceptively easy 8-2 over the Chicago White Sox before 17,686 at U.S. Cellular Field on Monday night.

For the first six innings, Bud Norris simply overpowered the White Sox, allowing just one baserunner. In the seventh, Avisail Garcia drove in two runs with a two-out RBI single, and then it was Gillaspie’s turn.

Markakis, who would hit a two-run home run as part of the five-run eighth, had perhaps the most memorable catch of his long Orioles career.

“I don’t know if it would have gone out, I don’t know, but I’m glad I caught it in a big situation in the game,” Markakis said.

Manager Buck Showalter doesn’t always have the best view of a play from the dugout here, but liked what he saw.

“I saw the tail end of it and I said to myself, 'He caught that?' That was big. The score won't look like it, but obviously that was a big play,” Showalter said.

This season, Markakis has gotten much more acclaim than he’s gotten in the past as he’s ascended to sixth place on the team’s all-time hit list.