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Orioles rally to knock off hot White Sox, Garcia

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- Though it is still early in the season, the Baltimore Orioles knew how important their 9-6 victory over the Chicago White Sox was on Saturday night.

The Orioles rebounded from losses in the first two games between division leaders, erasing a three-run deficit before breaking a 5-all tie on Miguel Tejada's RBI double in a four-run seventh inning.

"That was a big, big win," Tejada said.

Added winning pitcher Daniel Cabrera: "That was real important."

Brian Roberts was 3-for-5 with three doubles for Baltimore. He is 13-for-26 the past six games.

Chicago's Freddy Garcia (3-3) walked Melvin Mora to start the seventh and left after Tejada's double. Rafael Palmeiro greeted reliever Neal Cotts with a double that made it 7-5, before B.J. Surhoff drove in a run with a single and scored when Tadahito Iguchi overthrew first trying to complete a double play.

Garcia, who allowed 10 hits and seven earned runs, became the first White Sox starter to lose consecutive starts this season.

"When you walk people, that's going to happen," said Garcia, who walked three. "I should have been more aggressive."

Cabrera (3-2) allowed five runs and six hits with four walks in six innings, but he retired the final nine batters he faced. It helped that Chicago had three runners thrown out at the plate -- Paul Konerko in the first, Jermaine Dye in the third and Scott Podsednik in the fourth.

"That's the way we're gonna play the game," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. "We're not changing anything. ... That's the way we're going to try to score. I don't have any problem with that."

B.J. Ryan pitched the ninth for his 10th save in 11 chances.

The Orioles took a 2-1 lead in the second when Roberts doubled down the right-field line to drive in Jeff Fiorentino from first base. A fan reached onto the field and grabbed the ball, and the umpires initially waved Fiorentino back to third. But after conferring, they allowed the run to stand.

The White Sox answered with three runs in the bottom half and extended their lead to 5-2 in the third on Joe Crede's RBI single. They've led in all 37 games, which extended their major-league record to start a season. It's the third-longest streak in major-league history.

The Orioles tied it at 5-5 in the fourth. Surhoff and Jay Gibbons hit back-to-back homers and Fiorentino singled -- his second hit of the game and fourth in as many major-league at-bats -- and scored the tying run when Roberts doubled to the left-field corner.

"We have a lot of good hitters," Tejada said. "We (had) to be more patient at the plate. That's what we did today."

Notes

  • Podsednik matched his career high and a club record with four stolen bases. It was his second four-steal game of the season and the third of his career.
  • After singling in his first four at-bats in the majors, Fiorentino struck out swinging to lead off the sixth. After replacing center fielder Larry Bigbie (sore hamstring), Fiorentino had two singles on Thursday and he singled in his first two at-bats Saturday. After the strikeout, he doubled, making him 5-for-7 since being called up from Class A on Wednesday. "He looked like the bat boy," Guillen said. "I thought he was Palmeiro's kid. This kid swings the bat like that, he'll stay in the big leagues."
  • The attendance was 37,311, the White Sox's second-largest crowd of the season. They drew 38,141 to the season opener against Cleveland on April 4.
 
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Jay Gibbons is congratulated by Jeff Fiorentino after a solo home run in the fourth inning.  (AP)
Jay Gibbons is congratulated by Jeff Fiorentino after a solo home run in the fourth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

B. Roberts
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Baltimore

B. Surhoff
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B5132111 .385
David Newhan, DH5000005 .156
Melvin Mora, 3B5121124 .284
Miguel Tejada, SS5111033 .338
Rafael Palmeiro, 1B2111300 .221
Javy Lopez, C5000036 .290
    Geronimo Gil, C0000000 .195
B.J. Surhoff, LF5232000 .277
Jay Gibbons, RF4121001 .261
    Keith Reed, PR-RF0000100 .000
Jeffrey Fiorentino, CF5230010 .714
Totals41915861020 
Batting
2B - Brian Roberts 3 (7, Garcia, Garcia, Garcia), Melvin Mora (9, Takatsu), Miguel Tejada (11, Garcia), Rafael Palmeiro (5, Cotts), Jeffrey Fiorentino (1, Walker)
HR - B.J. Surhoff (3, Garcia), Jay Gibbons (5, Garcia)
SH - David Newhan (1)
RBI - Brian Roberts 2 (32), Melvin Mora (19), Miguel Tejada (37), Rafael Palmeiro (10), B.J. Surhoff 2 (9), Jay Gibbons (17)
2-OUT RBI - Brian Roberts (16)
SB - Melvin Mora (5, 3rd base off Takatsu/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jay Gibbons 1
Baltimore Orioles
Daniel Cabrera (W,3-2) 6655440 4.93
Jorge Julio 2211011 2.37
B.J. Ryan (S,10) 1100130 1.74
HBP - Dye (by Daniel Cabrera)
Pitches-Strikes - Daniel Cabrera 113-63, Jorge Julio 25-15, B.J. Ryan 29-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daniel Cabrera 9-4, Jorge Julio 1-4
Batters Faced - Daniel Cabrera 28, Jorge Julio 8, B.J. Ryan 5
Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, LF4220110 .270
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B5012032 .317
Aaron Rowand, CF5021001 .256
Paul Konerko, 1B2100302 .205
Jermaine Dye, RF2010011 .197
   a- Timo Perez, PH-RF1000001 .196
   b- Carl Everett, PH1000012 .269
A.J. Pierzynski, C4111002 .260
Joe Crede, 3B4011000 .277
Willie Harris, DH3100110 .286
Juan Uribe, SS4111012 .283
Totals356965813 
a-flied out for Dye in the 7th
b-struck out for Perez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Tadahito Iguchi (6, Cabrera), Aaron Rowand (6, Julio), Jermaine Dye (4, Cabrera), Juan Uribe (8, Cabrera)
HR - A.J. Pierzynski (4, Julio)
RBI - Tadahito Iguchi 2 (18), Aaron Rowand (13), A.J. Pierzynski (8), Joe Crede (15), Juan Uribe (18)
2-OUT RBI - Tadahito Iguchi 2 (9), Juan Uribe (6)
SB - Scott Podsednik 4 (22, 2nd base off Cabrera/Lopez, 3rd base off Cabrera/Lopez, 2nd base off Cabrera/Lopez, 3rd base off Cabrera/Lopez), Willie Harris (3, 2nd base off Cabrera/Lopez)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Tadahito Iguchi (2, Wild throw)
Chicago White Sox
Freddy Garcia (L,3-3) 61077372 4.02
Neal Cotts 1321000 3.97
Shingo Takatsu 1100120 6.30
Kevin Walker 0.2100200 0.00
Luis Vizcaino 0.1000010 7.16
IBB - B. Roberts by Kevin Walker
Pitches-Strikes - Freddy Garcia 112-74, Neal Cotts 21-11, Shingo Takatsu 26-14, Kevin Walker 20-7, Luis Vizcaino 3-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Freddy Garcia 8-3, Neal Cotts 2-1, Shingo Takatsu 1-0, Kevin Walker 1-1
Batters Faced - Freddy Garcia 31, Neal Cotts 6, Shingo Takatsu 5, Kevin Walker 5, Luis Vizcaino 1
Game Information
Attendance - 37311
Game Time - 3:14
Temperature - 58
Umpires - Home - Jim Wolf, First Base - Randy Marsh, Second Base - Larry Vanover, Third Base - Sam Holbrook