Orioles 5, White Sox 3

The Baltimore Orioles claim to have a different mindset this

season and not even a tiny interloper could derail another

confidence-building road victory.

Jason Hammel struck out 10 and closer Jim Johnson fanned Alex

Rios with the bases loaded Thursday to preserve the Orioles’ 5-3

win over the Chicago White Sox.

”I wasn’t trying to make it as dramatic as I did,” Johnson

said. ”It’s good to get three out of four here.”

The game was briefly delayed in the top of the seventh inning

when a young boy who appeared to about 4 or 5 years old slipped

through a barricade and went running across the outfield. With the

crowd laughing, White Sox left fielder Dayan Viciedo scooped him up

and handed him over to a security guard.

The child and his family were ejected from the game per Major

League Baseball rules but no charges were filed, the team said.

”Safety is our No. 1 concern and we are happy that the child is

fine,” White Sox spokesman Scott Reifert said in a statement.

”Obviously it was a non-issue for Dayan who was able to field the

kid cleanly.”

”But going on the field is stuff we do take seriously. It’s not

something we condone in any way,” he said.

Adam Jones hit his fifth homer of the season and an RBI double.

He’s gone deep four times in the first seven games of Baltimore’s

10-game road trip. The two-run shot in the fifth was his first this

year with a runner on base.

The Orioles won three of four from Chicago and have won their

first two road series of the season, including two of three at

Toronto last weekend. Baltimore won just five road series last

season.

”A common denominator of teams that are competitive is they

play well on the road,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. ”So

far, so good.”

Hammel (2-0) matched a career high for strikeouts, doing it in

just six innings. He worked out of trouble early, leaving the bases

loaded in the first and third.

”I made some good pitches,” Hammel said. ”They’re a very

aggressive team. They’re going swing at bad stuff if you get ahead

in the count. I think I exploited that today.”

Johnson earned his sixth save. He has converted 14 straight

chances dating to last season.

Hammel bested Gavin Floyd (1-2), who allowed five runs and six

hits in six innings.

”Obviously not the results you want,” Floyd said. ”You want

to keep the team in the game a little bit better.”

Adam Dunn had a walk, an RBI double and scored for Chicago. He

extended his streak of getting on base to six appearances before

striking out his next two times up, increasing his AL-high total to

21.

Dunn singled with two outs in the ninth, moving pinch-runner

Brent Morel to third, and Paul Konerko was hit by a pitch to load

the bases. Rios struck out looking to end the game.

”It’s like you’re getting close and it’s just not happening,”

White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. ”Eventually, those (rallies)

will push through and it will be different.”

Jones doubled during a two-run first. In the fifth, after J.J.

Hardy’s sacrifice fly broke a 2-all tie, Jones hit a full-count

fastball from Floyd into the left-field seats.

”I’m just doing what I’m supposed to do,” Jones said. ”Just

staying aggressive in the zone, trying to be the best for my

team.”

Hammel allowed doubles to Alejandro De Aza and Dunn in the

third. Rios’ single made it 2-all and Alexei Ramirez walked to load

the bases. Hammel recovered to strike out Viciedo and Tyler

Flowers, preserving the tie.

Endy Chavez reached bases three times and scored two runs for

the surprising Orioles, who travel to Anaheim for the last stop on

their road trip leading the AL East.

”We have a good group of guys here,” Jones said. ”There is a

different mindset in here this year. We’re not letting up on

nobody.”

NOTES: The White Sox announced a paid attendance of 11,836. All

four games against the Orioles drew fewer fans than any game at

U.S. Cellular Field last season. The series drew a total of just

50,653. … Orioles LF Nolan Reimold was held out of the starting

lineup because of a stiff neck. Reimold, who is hitting .378 during

a nine-game hitting streak, is expected to return to the lineup on

Friday when Baltimore begins a three-game series against the

Angels…. Baltimore’s Nick Johnson went hitless in four at-bats

and is 0 for 20 for the season, the most hitless at-bats in the

majors.