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BALTIMORE -- They were down by three runs before coming to bat for the first time. They trailed by four runs in the sixth inning, and needed two runs in the ninth against All-Star closer Bobby Jenks.
And yet, they did.
Nick Markakis singled home the winning run with two outs in the 10th inning, capping a late comeback that carried the Orioles to a 7-6 victory Saturday night.
"This team never quits. I'm happy for the team because they certainly have earned it," interim manager Dave Trembley said. "They hung right in there. This was a big win."
Facing Charlie Haeger (0-1), Corey Patterson led off the 10th with a single, stole second and advanced on a fly ball before Brian Roberts received an intentional walk. With the infield drawn in, Chris Gomez grounded out. Markakis then grounded a single between shortstop and third to send home Patterson.
"The game was on the line right there and I had a chance to win it. I just went up there looking to hit the ball where it's pitched," Markakis said. "I didn't try to do too much off him. You never know what you're going to get off a knuckleballer, so you just have to go with the pitch."
Chris Ray (5-6) worked the 10th for the Orioles, who have won eight games this season in their final at-bat - including five in extra innings.
After getting the last out in the eighth, Jenks gave up an infield hit to Gomez and a single to Markakis to start the ninth. One out later, Aubrey Huff dropped an RBI single into an outfield playing deep to prevent an extra-base hit. Markakis then went to third on a fly ball by Ramon Hernandez, and sprinted home on a wild pitch to tie it.
"I don't know how lucky one team can be, but you got the outfielders playing (for) no doubles and everything's falling in front of them. It was just the kind of day it was for me," Jenks said. "This has to be the worst blown save I've ever had as far as more nubs, more bleeders, more you're-kidding-me base hits. ... What can you do?"
Baltimore launched its comeback with a three-run sixth against starter Javier Vazquez. Millar hit a one-out homer, Hernandez doubled with two outs and Payton followed with a homer to center.
That chased Vazquez, who was trying to become the first White Sox pitcher to throw three consecutive complete games since Bartolo Colon in 2003. Instead, he left after his shortest outing in 16 starts since April 13.
"Javy was on today. He pitched good enough. He battled," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "It's a crazy game, a game you should win."
Vazquez lost the chance to win his fourth straight start when Jenks blew a save opportunity for the fourth time in 28 tries. Haeger then completed the collapse in the 10th.
"They did not do the job," Guillen said of the bullpen.
After Baltimore closed to 5-4, Owens reached on a two-out bunt single in the eighth, stole second and scored on an RBI single by Alex Cintron. But the lead didn't last.
Baltimore starter Daniel Cabrera allowed 11 of his first 16 batters to reach, but the Orioles' ninth-inning rally enabled him to avoid his AL-high 11th loss. The right-hander gave up five runs, eight hits and four walks over six innings.
Six of Chicago's first seven batters reached in a three-run first inning. Owens led off with a walk and Cintron singled before Jim Thome struck out. Konerko followed with an RBI double, A.J. Pierzynski walked and Jermaine Dye singled in a run. After Rob Mackowiak drew a bases-loaded walk, Josh Fields bounced into a double play.
Doubles by Roberts and Markakis produced a run in the bottom half, but Konerko hit an RBI single in the second for a 4-1 lead and Fields drove in a run with a grounder in the third.
|Aubrey Huff has two hits and drives in two runs to help the Orioles win three in a row. (US Presswire)|
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|Andy Gonzalez, LF||2||0||0||0||1||1||4||.225|
|a- Jerry Owens, PH-LF||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.227|
|Tadahito Iguchi, 2B||5||0||2||1||0||1||2||.256|
|Jim Thome, DH||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.275|
|Paul Konerko, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.271|
|Jermaine Dye, RF||4||2||2||2||0||0||2||.226|
|Josh Fields, 3B||3||0||1||0||1||1||0||.238|
|Luis Terrero, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.217|
|Juan Uribe, SS||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.222|
|b- Alex Cintron, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Toby Hall, C||4||1||2||0||0||1||3||.204|
|a-grounded out for Gonzalez in the 7th|
|b-singled for Uribe in the 9th|
|2B - Tadahito Iguchi (16, Shuey)|
|HR - Jermaine Dye 2 (15, Olson, Olson)|
|RBI - Tadahito Iguchi (26), Jermaine Dye 2 (44)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Jose Contreras (L,5-11)||6||10||5||5||2||3||2||5.32|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jose Contreras 101-69, Boone Logan 16-11, Ryan Bukvich 9-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Contreras 7-6, Boone Logan 2-1, Ryan Bukvich 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Jose Contreras 28, Boone Logan 4, Ryan Bukvich 3|
|Brian Roberts, 2B||4||1||2||1||0||0||2||.321|
|Corey Patterson, CF||4||2||2||1||0||1||1||.247|
|Nick Markakis, RF||4||1||2||1||0||0||0||.288|
|Kevin Millar, 1B||3||1||0||0||1||1||1||.282|
|Aubrey Huff, 3B||3||0||2||2||1||0||1||.262|
|Chris Gomez, PR-3B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.286|
|Jay Payton, LF||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.270|
|Jay Gibbons, DH||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.212|
|Brandon Fahey, SS||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.182|
|a- Jon Knott, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.429|
|Luis Hernandez, SS||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Paul Bako, C||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.202|
|a-grounded out for Fahey in the 8th|
|2B - Nick Markakis (26, Contreras), Brandon Fahey (1, Contreras)|
|3B - Aubrey Huff (3, Contreras)|
|HR - Brian Roberts (6, Contreras), Corey Patterson (4, Contreras)|
|RBI - Brian Roberts (28), Corey Patterson (24), Nick Markakis (55), Aubrey Huff 2 (42)|
|2-OUT RBI - Aubrey Huff 2 (21)|
|SB - Corey Patterson (20, 2nd base off Contreras/Hall), Nick Markakis (10, 2nd base off Contreras/Hall)|
|CS - Brian Roberts (5, 2nd base by Contreras/Hall), Paul Bako (1, 2nd base by Contreras/Hall)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - B. Roberts-Fahey-Millar|
|Garrett Olson (W,1-0)||5||6||2||2||3||4||2||3.86|
|Paul Shuey (H,2)||1.1||2||1||1||0||1||0||5.56|
|Jamie Walker (H,16)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.86|
|Danys Baez (H,13)||1.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||6.03|
|Chris Ray (S,16)||1||1||0||0||0||2||0||4.54|
|Pitches-Strikes - Garrett Olson 92-61, Paul Shuey 25-17, Jamie Walker 2-1, Danys Baez 16-10, Chris Ray 17-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Garrett Olson 4-6, Paul Shuey 2-1, Danys Baez 3-1, Chris Ray 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Garrett Olson 23, Paul Shuey 6, Jamie Walker 1, Danys Baez 4, Chris Ray 4|
|Attendance - 29382|
|Game Time - 2:50|
|Temperature - 94|
|Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Adrian Johnson, Third Base - Dale Scott|