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
”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
”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
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
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
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