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CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox did not lead for the first time this season, thanks to two very unlikely sluggers.
Chicago set a major league record by having a lead in 37 straight games to begin a season. That also tied the 1934 Yankees and 1942 Cardinals for the third-longest overall streak with a lead.
"The only streak I care about is the winning streak and the losing streak," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "It was nice to be in the book and it was a nice run. Hopefully, we'll start another one."
The Orioles used seven strong innings from Erik Bedard and two RBI apiece from Fasano and Newhan to build a 4-0 lead on their way to a split of the four-game series between division leaders.
"It's a hell of a thing," Jermaine Dye said of the streak. "But that's not something as players in the clubhouse, that we think about. We just want to win series."
Fasano, a suburban Chicago native, led off the third with a homer in his first major league at-bat since September 2002, when he was with the Anaheim Angels. It was his first home run since Sept. 6, 2001, when he was with the Colorado Rockies.
"My immediate family came," Fasano said. "Hitting a home run is always a bonus. A win and a home run, so it's a good day."
The well-traveled 33-year-old catcher was just called up from Triple-A Ottawa on Wednesday and added an RBI single in the seventh, going 2-for-4.
"He can still contribute," Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli said. "That's the key."
Newhan came into the game hitting .156 (5-for-32) with one RBI. He homered leading off the sixth and added a sacrifice fly in the seventh.
"Like the fans out in left field tell me, even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and again," Newhan said. "He made a bad pitch, left a splitter up there and I was able to hit it on the barrel."
The White Sox were hitless from the second inning until the seventh, when Carl Everett and Dye hit back-to-back solo homers.
Tadahito Iguchi hit into double plays in the first and third innings. Chicago had four baserunners from the second through sixth.
Bedard (4-1) won his fourth straight decision, giving up five hits, including the two homers, in seven-plus innings. He was pulled in the eighth after giving up a leadoff single to Scott Podsednik.
"Bedard was strong today and tremendous," Mazzilli said. "He was throwing strikes and getting his curveball over."
Jose Contreras (1-1) allowed five runs and seven hits, walked one and struck out four in 6 1/3 innings.
"Today is one of the best I've seen him throw," Guillen said. "He threw strikes, he was attacking people, he was quicker. But he just left two pitches up for home runs. Besides that, he threw the ball real well."
Jay Gibbons hit a ground-rule double in the seventh when a security guard mistakenly grabbed his hit after it bounced into foul territory in right field. Fasano then scored Gibbons on a hard-hit single off the pitcher's mound.
Melvin Mora reached on an error by Joe Crede to reload the bases, and Luis Vizcaino gave up an RBI single to Miguel Tejada, but Juan Uribe threw out Roberts at the plate from shortstop to end the inning.
|Chicago native Sal Fasano hits his first home run of the year to lead off the third inning. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Brian Roberts, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.382|
|David Newhan, LF||4||1||1||2||0||1||1||.167|
|Melvin Mora, 3B||5||0||2||0||0||1||1||.288|
|Miguel Tejada, SS||5||0||1||1||0||1||2||.333|
|Rafael Palmeiro, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||.222|
|Javy Lopez, DH||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.281|
|Jay Gibbons, RF||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.263|
|Keith Reed, PR-RF||1||1||1||1||0||0||0||.250|
|Sal Fasano, C||4||2||2||2||0||1||1||.500|
|Jeffrey Fiorentino, CF||3||1||1||0||1||1||1||.600|
|2B - Rafael Palmeiro (6, Vizcaino), Jay Gibbons (10, Contreras)|
|HR - David Newhan (1, Contreras), Sal Fasano (1, Contreras)|
|SF - David Newhan (1)|
|RBI - David Newhan 2 (3), Miguel Tejada (38), Keith Reed (1), Sal Fasano 2 (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Miguel Tejada (14)|
|SB - Brian Roberts (13, 2nd base off Contreras/Widger), Melvin Mora (6, 2nd base off Takatsu/Widger)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Tejada-B. Roberts-Palmeiro, Bedard-Tejada-Palmeiro|
|Erik Bedard (W,4-1)||7||5||2||2||3||4||2||2.35|
|HBP - Dye (by Erik Bedard)|
|WP - Erik Bedard (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Erik Bedard 102-66, Todd Williams 16-11, B.J. Ryan 26-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Erik Bedard 8-7, B.J. Ryan 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Erik Bedard 28, Todd Williams 3, B.J. Ryan 5|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Scott Podsednik, LF||4||0||2||0||0||1||1||.278|
|Tadahito Iguchi, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.308|
|Aaron Rowand, CF||3||0||1||0||1||1||1||.258|
|Paul Konerko, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||2||3||.198|
|Carl Everett, DH||3||1||1||1||1||0||0||.270|
|Pablo Ozuna, PR-DH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.280|
|Jermaine Dye, RF||3||1||1||1||0||1||1||.200|
|Juan Uribe, SS||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.275|
|Chris Widger, C||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.317|
|Joe Crede, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||1||3||.270|
|HR - Carl Everett (5, Bedard), Jermaine Dye (6, Bedard)|
|RBI - Carl Everett (27), Jermaine Dye (14)|
|SB - Scott Podsednik (23, 2nd base off T. Williams/Fasano), Aaron Rowand (5, 3rd base off Bedard/Fasano)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|E - Joe Crede (4, Misplayed grounder)|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Jose Contreras (L,1-1)||6.1||7||5||4||1||4||2||3.52|
|HBP - B. Roberts (by Neal Cotts)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jose Contreras 100-62, Neal Cotts 6-2, Luis Vizcaino 19-14, Kevin Walker 14-9, Shingo Takatsu 9-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Contreras 9-6, Luis Vizcaino 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Jose Contreras 27, Neal Cotts 2, Luis Vizcaino 6, Kevin Walker 3, Shingo Takatsu 2|
|Attendance - 34030|
|Game Time - 3:00|
|Temperature - 47|
|Umpires - Home - Randy Marsh, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Jim Wolf|