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Chi. White Sox «10720101113181
Baltimore30100411111190

Pierzynski goes 5-for-5, White Sox defeat Orioles in slugfest

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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BALTIMORE -- The game lasted nearly four hours and was pure agony for the Chicago White Sox -- until the final out.

Since style points don't mean anything in the standings, the White Sox took great delight in their unsightly 13-11 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday.

"Any win is a good win. We gave up 11 but scored 13 to win," said A.J. Pierzynski, who went 5-for-5 with four RBI. "Right now we just need to win games. We don't care if it's 25-24 or 1-0. It doesn't matter."

The teams combined for 37 hits, 12 walks and an error. Ten pitchers participated, and only once did the side go down in order.

"It was hot, humid and it just seemed like whoever we ran out there and they ran out there couldn't seem to get that third out," Pierzynski said. "I don't know how many guys got on base today, but it had to be about 50 because there were a ton of hits, a ton of runners, a ton of walks, a ton of (stuff) going on."

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen summed it up by saying, "Real bad game when you score 13 runs and you have your closer in the ninth. Not a good sign. Good thing we won it, though."

Tadahito Iguchi homered to cap a seven-run third inning, but the White Sox nearly blew leads of 8-3 and 11-4.

Bobby Jenks, the sixth Chicago pitcher, got three outs for his 28th save. Melvin Mora walked and scored when Jay Gibbons grounded into a double play, but Jenks got Jeff Conine on a groundout to end it.

"We could have laid down umpteen times, but we kept coming back and coming back to put ourselves in position in the ninth inning to tie it," Baltimore manager Sam Perlozzo said.

Miguel Tejada hit his 19th homer, had four hits and drove in three runs for the Orioles, who outhit Chicago 19-18 but stranded 12 runners.

Pierzynski's five hits were a career high. He couldn't recall ever doing it in the minor leagues, either.

"Getting five hits in a game is nice. Obviously I've never done it before, but the biggest thing is when I got them," he said. "I got them with runners on base to drive in runs and give us a chance to win the game."

Chicago's Jermaine Dye contributed a single, double and his 27th home run.

Jon Garland (11-3) allowed six runs and 11 hits in five-plus innings, but benefited from a rare offensive outburst by his teammates to win his seventh straight decision. It was the most runs for the White Sox since July 4, when they beat Baltimore 13-0.

"I give him a lot of credit because he's got some cold, has been sick the past few days," Guillen said.

Chicago trailed 3-1 before sending 10 batters to the plate in the third inning against James Johnson, making his major league debut.

Pierzynski hit a run-scoring single, Joe Crede followed with a sacrifice fly, Juan Uribe delivered an RBI single and Brian Anderson doubled in a run before Iguchi hit a three-run homer.

Johnson (0-1), called up from Double-A Bowie before the game, gave up eight runs, nine hits and three walks in three innings. He was sent back to Bowie afterward.

"I was just here to try and help us out, and I didn't do that good of a job," he said. "I'm just going to take it as a learning experience and know what I need to work on to get back here."

After Conine hit an RBI double in the bottom of the third to make it 8-4, Russ Ortiz replaced Johnson and promptly yielded successive homers to Dye and Pierzynski.

An RBI single by Pierzynski made it 11-4 in the sixth. Garland exited in the bottom half after allowing the first two batters to reach, and Brandon McCarthy gave up a run-scoring grounder to Brian Roberts, an RBI single to Mora and a two-run homer to Tejada that made it 11-8.

The Orioles then loaded the bases before Ramon Hernandez hit a drive to center that Anderson caught on the warning track.

Baltimore's Nick Markakis scored on a wild pitch in the seventh, but Crede hit an RBI single in the eighth to restore the three-run cushion. Markakis doubled in a run in the Orioles' half, his fourth hit of the game.

Iguchi hit an RBI single in the ninth to make it 13-10.

Notes

  • Chicago played without 1B Paul Konerko, who bruised his left shin Friday night. He could be ready Sunday.
  • The Orioles activated Gibbons from the 15-day disabled list and designated OF Luis Terrero for assignment. Gibbons went 1-for-4 with two walks as the DH.
 
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A.J. Pierzynski runs out a single in the third inning, one of his five hits in the victory.  (AP)
A.J. Pierzynski runs out a single in the third inning, one of his five hits in the victory. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

A. Pierzynski
AB 5
R 2
H 5
HR 1
RBI 4
Baltimore

M. Tejada
AB 6
R 3
H 4
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, LF6110016 .270
    Rob Mackowiak, LF0000000 .311
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B5124104 .291
Jim Thome, DH2400401 .289
Jermaine Dye, RF6231003 .317
A.J. Pierzynski, C5254000 .314
Joe Crede, 3B4012001 .291
Ross Gload, 1B4110013 .288
Juan Uribe, SS5031000 .251
Brian Anderson, CF4221110 .214
Totals411318136318 
Batting
2B - Jermaine Dye (19, Johnson), Juan Uribe (18, Johnson), Brian Anderson (13, Johnson)
HR - Tadahito Iguchi (12, Johnson), Jermaine Dye (27, Ortiz), A.J. Pierzynski (8, Ortiz)
SF - Joe Crede (7)
RBI - Tadahito Iguchi 4 (48), Jermaine Dye (71), A.J. Pierzynski 4 (35), Joe Crede 2 (69), Juan Uribe (52), Brian Anderson (25)
2-OUT RBI - Tadahito Iguchi 4 (25), A.J. Pierzynski (14), Joe Crede (19)
SB - Tadahito Iguchi (6, 2nd base off Hawkins/Hernandez), Jermaine Dye (4, 2nd base off Johnson/Hernandez), Brian Anderson (4, 2nd base off Hawkins/Hernandez)
CS - Scott Podsednik (13, 2nd base by Ortiz/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Uribe-Iguchi-Gload, Garland-Uribe-Gload, Uribe-Iguchi-Gload
E - Joe Crede (9, )
Chicago White Sox
Jon Garland (W,11-3) 51166230 5.01
Brandon McCarthy 1322211 4.17
Neal Cotts (H,13) 0.2211100 3.19
Mike MacDougal (H,1) 1211000 1.29
Matt Thornton (H,7) 0.1000000 3.25
Bobby Jenks (S,28) 1111100 3.42
WP - Mike MacDougal (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Garland 97-63, Brandon McCarthy 36-21, Neal Cotts 24-13, Mike MacDougal 17-11, Matt Thornton 4-2, Bobby Jenks 17-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Garland 5-6, Brandon McCarthy 1-1, Mike MacDougal 3-0, Bobby Jenks 2-0
Batters Faced - Jon Garland 27, Brandon McCarthy 8, Neal Cotts 5, Mike MacDougal 5, Matt Thornton 1, Bobby Jenks 4
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B6121013 .300
Melvin Mora, 3B5331114 .288
Miguel Tejada, SS6343003 .331
Jay Gibbons, DH4010211 .273
Jeff Conine, LF4012104 .265
Corey Patterson, CF5131013 .286
Kevin Millar, 1B4000104 .247
Ramon Hernandez, C4110104 .265
Nick Markakis, RF5241001 .290
Totals43111996427 
Batting
2B - Brian Roberts (26, Cotts), Jay Gibbons (13, Garland), Jeff Conine (17, Garland), Corey Patterson (13, MacDougal), Nick Markakis 2 (13, Garland, MacDougal)
HR - Miguel Tejada (19, McCarthy)
SF - Jeff Conine (3)
RBI - Brian Roberts (36), Melvin Mora (54), Miguel Tejada 3 (75), Jeff Conine 2 (41), Corey Patterson (38), Nick Markakis (27)
2-OUT RBI - Jeff Conine (15), Nick Markakis (6)
SB - Corey Patterson (34, 2nd base off McCarthy/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Nick Markakis 1, Corey Patterson 1
DP - Patterson-Millar
Baltimore Orioles
Jim Johnson (L,0-1) 3988301 24.00
Russ Ortiz 4.1533112 9.23
Kurt Birkins 0.1111100 4.94
LaTroy Hawkins 1.1311120 4.37
IBB - Thome by LaTroy Hawkins
HBP - Gload (by Jim Johnson)
Pitches-Strikes - Jim Johnson 93-54, Russ Ortiz 56-37, Kurt Birkins 12-4, LaTroy Hawkins 29-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jim Johnson 5-3, Russ Ortiz 7-3, LaTroy Hawkins 2-0
Batters Faced - Jim Johnson 21, Russ Ortiz 17, Kurt Birkins 3, LaTroy Hawkins 8
Game Information
Attendance - 34598
Game Time - 3:46
Temperature - 97
Umpires - Home - Jim Joyce, First Base - Dusty Dellinger, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - Dana DeMuth