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Chi. White Sox (8-6) «1210002208120
Baltimore (7-8)000010001282

White Sox 8, Orioles 2

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BALTIMORE -- In a matchup of two very good starting pitchers, John Danks outperformed Jeremy Guthrie in almost every way.

"Danks had three things we were a little short on: He had command of his pitches, movement and he changed speeds," Baltimore manager Dave Trembley said Wednesday night after the Chicago White Sox pinned an 8-2 loss on Guthrie and the Orioles.

Danks (2-0) allowed one run, four hits and no walks in a season-high seven innings. The left-hander was so good, Jim Thome's 545th career home run was merely a footnote in the lopsided victory.

In three starts this season, Danks has given up only two runs -- both on solo home runs. He retired 19 of the final 21 batters, the exceptions a fifth-inning home run by Luke Scott and a single in the seventh by Ty Wigginton.

"It's a good game, obviously, on paper, but I didn't have a lot of fun," Danks said. "After the third, I had 60 pitches and I was hoping just to get through five, maybe to the sixth. The goal is to get deeper in the game and get more efficient. As the game went on, that's what I did."

Guthrie (2-1) gave up five runs and eight hits in six-plus innings. Baltimore's opening day starter yielded at least one hit in every inning but the sixth, the only time he retired the side in order.

"The difference between Jeremy and Danks tonight was location of the pitches," Trembley said. "Right from the very first inning, the White Sox made Jeremy work to get outs."

Chicago scored in each of the first three innings to take a 4-0 lead, then coasted to the finish.

"Not my best stuff," Guthrie acknowledged. "It's a real good ballclub and they put some early runs up there and got some great pitching from John."

Thome's opposite-field solo shot to left put the White Sox up 4-0 in the third. It was Thome's fourth home run of the season, and it put the 38-year-old slugger within three of 13th-place Mike Schmidt on the career list.

Josh Fields went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI for Chicago, and Chris Getz had three hits, two RBI and scored three runs.

"We don't have to rely on just the big boys. Everyone contributed," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Getz had a big game and I am excited about Fields."

Chicago got a first-inning run when Getz led off with a single and scored on a single by Carlos Quentin.

The White Sox made it 3-0 in the second. Guthrie walked .159 hitter Alexei Ramirez, who stole second and scored on a two-out single by Getz. An ill-advised throw home by center fielder Adam Jones allowed Getz to take second, and Fields followed with a ground-rule double.

"My job is to go out there and put up zeros on the board," Danks said, "but the runs did help for sure."

Danks retired 11 consecutive batters before Scott connected to get Baltimore to 4-1.

After Getz led off the seventh with a single, Fields greeted Dennis Sarfate with a two-run homer. In the eighth, Brian Anderson doubled in a run and Getz followed with a sacrifice fly.

Wigginton hit a run-scoring grounder in the ninth against Matt Thornton.

Notes

The crowd of 10,868 on a chilly night barely surpassed the Camden Yards record low of 10,507, last April against Tampa Bay. ... Danks improved to 9-3 lifetime on the road, and recorded his eighth career pickoff, against Brian Roberts in the first inning. ... Orioles RHP Alfredo Simon will undergo season-ending elbow ligament replacement surgery soon, club president Andy MacPhail said. ... Baltimore's Nick Markakis got two hits and is batting .417 during a nine-game hitting streak.

 
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Players of the Game
Chicago

C. Getz
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Chicago

J. Danks
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 0
K 3
 
Chicago White Sox
Chris Getz, 2B4332001 .316
Josh Fields, 3B5133001 .286
Carlos Quentin, LF5011002 .275
Jim Thome, DH2111210 .233
   a- Jerry Owens, PH-DH1000010 .000
Jermaine Dye, RF5010012 .352
Paul Konerko, 1B5100015 .308
A.J. Pierzynski, C4110010 .289
Alexei Ramirez, SS3100102 .149
Brian Anderson, CF4021011 .276
Totals38812836  
a-struck out for Thome in the 9th
Batting
2B - Josh Fields (2, Guthrie), Brian Anderson (1, Sarfate)
HR - Josh Fields (1, Sarfate), Jim Thome (4, Guthrie)
SF - Chris Getz (1)
RBI - Chris Getz 2 (5), Josh Fields 3 (9), Carlos Quentin (14), Jim Thome (8), Brian Anderson (2)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Getz (3), Josh Fields (4)
SB - Chris Getz (2, 3rd base off Sarfate/Zaun), Alexei Ramirez (2, 2nd base off Guthrie/Zaun)
Team LOB - 7
Chicago White Sox
John Danks (W,2-0) 7411031 0.95
Scott Linebrink 1200000 0.00
Matt Thornton 1211010 3.60
Pitches-Strikes - John Danks 103-70, Scott Linebrink 16-10, Matt Thornton 17-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Danks 7-10, Scott Linebrink 2-1, Matt Thornton 2-0
Batters Faced - John Danks 24, Scott Linebrink 5, Matt Thornton 5
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B4020000 .390
Adam Jones, CF4000012 .340
    Felix Pie, CF0000000 .135
Nick Markakis, RF4120000 .397
Aubrey Huff, 1B4010021 .281
Ty Wigginton, 3B4011000 .220
Luke Scott, DH4111002 .302
Lou Montanez, LF4000011 .111
Gregg Zaun, C3000000 .122
Cesar Izturis, SS3010000 .191
Totals3428204  
Batting
2B - Brian Roberts (7, Linebrink), Nick Markakis (7, Thornton)
HR - Luke Scott (3, Danks)
RBI - Ty Wigginton (4), Luke Scott (8)
PK - Brian Roberts (1, Danks)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Huff-Izturis
E - Aubrey Huff (2, Missed catch of throw), Gregg Zaun (2, Throwing)
Baltimore Orioles
Jeremy Guthrie (L,2-1) 6855321 5.16
Dennis Sarfate 1.1331021 7.27
Jamie Walker 0.2000000 0.00
Brian Bass 1100020 9.53
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Guthrie 104-63, Dennis Sarfate 39-23, Jamie Walker 9-7, Brian Bass 20-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Guthrie 6-9, Dennis Sarfate 1-2
Batters Faced - Jeremy Guthrie 28, Dennis Sarfate 8, Jamie Walker 2, Brian Bass 4
Game Information
Attendance - 10868
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 46
Umpires - Home - Laz Diaz, First Base - Chuck Meriwether, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Scott Barry