White Sox 4, Orioles 2

Buck Showalter’s unbeaten run with the Baltimore Orioles is

over, and the veteran manager found no consolation watching his

last-place team put up a good fight against the AL Central-leading

Chicago White Sox.

Gavin Floyd allowed two runs in seven innings and Carlos Quentin

homered in Chicago’s 4-2 victory Saturday night.

The Orioles had won four straight since Showalter made his debut

on Tuesday, matching the longest winning streak of the season of

the team with the worst record in the majors. Baltimore bolted to

an early 2-0 lead in a bid to make it five in a row, but the margin

failed to stand up.

It was Showalter’s first loss since Oct. 1, 2006, with the Texas

Rangers.

”I don’t like losing. I ain’t real happy,” Showalter said.

”The great thing about our game is that the positives and

negatives don’t last long. We’ve got another chance right around

the corner. Can you imagine sitting on tough losses for seven days

like football coaches do?

”No, it’s not one of deep, reflective moments. I want to figure

out what went wrong and try to fix it tomorrow. Tonight,” he

said.

After Quentin’s 22nd homer in the fourth inning, Chicago added

single runs in the seventh and eighth against reliever Jason Berken

(3-3) before scoring an unearned run in the ninth.

”You can see why Chicago’s in first place. They run quality

pitching out there night after night, and they make runs matter at

the end of the game,” Showalter said. ”They’ve got a lot of ways

to make leads matter, and getting quality starting pitching. That’s

where we hope to be one day.”

Floyd (8-8) gave up six hits, walked two and struck out five to

win his third straight start. The right-hander is 6-1 with a 1.17

ERA in his last nine outings.

Matt Thornton worked the eighth, his 21st consecutive scoreless

appearance, and J.J. Putz got three outs for his third save. Putz

was used by manager Ozzie Guillen instead of his usual closer,

Bobby Jenks, who is 0-2 with a 10.56 ERA since the All-Star

break.

”Bobby’s got a bad back,” Guillen said. ”The way Bobby’s been

throwing, we’ve got options out there. We have to wait to put Bobby

back in the closer rotation.”

Said Putz: ”I think everybody knows we’re a better team with

(Jenks) at the back end. It allows everybody else to slide up, mix

and match with lefties and righties, and he can come in and slam

the door.”

Baltimore was held hitless after Felix Pie singled with no outs

in the fourth inning – the fifth straight hit off Floyd.

”I was very worried early. Very worried,” Guillen said.

Chicago went up 3-2 in the eighth when Juan Pierre hit a leadoff

single, took second on sacrifice bunt and scored when Alex Rios

snapped a 4-for-37 skid with a single.

Before the game, Guillen offered this explanation of why Rios

didn’t play on Friday night: ”He’s got a sore everything. The

thing that was sore was his bat.”

Baltimore starter Kevin Millwood allowed four hits in six

innings and left with a 2-1 lead. He had yielded five runs in each

of his previous five appearances and hadn’t given up only one run

in any start since April 11.

Berken promptly gave up the advantage, however, in the seventh.

After Alexei Ramirez drew a two-out walk, A.J. Pierzynski followed

with an RBI double.

Pierzynski hurt his left ankle on third base while advancing on

the throw to the plate.

”I’ll be fine. It’s just a sprained ankle,” he said. ”I could

have stayed in the game, but they wanted me to get out and put ice

on it.”

Baltimore went up 1-0 when Adam Jones led off the second inning

with his 16th home run, the first allowed by Floyd in 12 starts

since June 2.

The Orioles added a run in the third, but a baserunning error

cost them a chance for more. After Nick Markakis hit a two-out

double and scored on a single by Ty Wigginton, Luke Scott followed

with a single. Wigginton headed for third, second-guessed his

decision, went anyway and was thrown out to end the inning.

Millwood pitched a scoreless first, no small feat considering he

allowed at least two first-inning runs in 11 of his previous 12

starts.

”It was definitely nice to get out of the first. That’s been

haunting me for a while,” Millwood said. ”Then after that, when I

wanted to go in, I got the ball in. When I missed, I missed off the

plate instead of over the middle for the most part.”

The exception occurred in the fourth, when Quentin hit a solo

shot to center on a 3-1 pitch. It was the AL-high 24th homer

allowed by Millwood.

NOTES: Pierre has hit in 14 straight games. … Orioles C Matt

Wieters has thrown out three would-be stealers in the last two

games. … Baltimore’s Cesar Izturis was 0 for 3. His next hit will

be his 1,000th.