Baltimore at Chicago

W: J. Arrieta (3-1) L: J. Danks (0-4)
HR: BAL - L. Scott (4),M. Wieters (4)   CHW - A. Pierzynski (1),B. Lillibridge (2)

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CHICAGO -- Matt Wieters is starting to figure things out at the plate, and that's not good news for opposing pitchers.

The Orioles' catcher homered and drove in four runs Friday night as Baltimore beat the Chicago White Sox 10-4 in the series opener.

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Wieters hit the ball well in his first two at-bats, but found himself 0-for-2 with two fly outs when he came to bat in the sixth inning.

With a 3-0 count and a runner on, Wieters delivered a two-run shot off of Chicago starter John Danks to give Baltimore a 5-3 lead.

"Matty had a lot of yardage on his fly ballshe finally got a hold of one," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "He's in a good spot right now."

Wieters doubled in two more runs in a five-run seventh to help the Orioles put things out of reach.

"3-0 might be your best chance to get a fastball and get something straight," the 24-year-old catcher said. "I probably should have taken it."

Starter Jake Arrieta (3-1) pitched five innings for the win but was pulled early due to right hip soreness, though he said after the game the injury was not serious.

"Physically I didn't feel good tonight. I wanted to stay in but they made the call," Arrieta said. "You're going to have those days. I had to battle."

Arrieta gave up three runs in the second inning before settling down and keeping the White Sox in check. He gave up five hits and two walks, striking out two.

The loss was the 13th in the last 16 games for Chicago, which slipped to 10-17 overall.

"It's frustrating, there's no other word for it," said Danks, who fell to 0-4 after giving up five earned runs on eight hits. "We're all putting the work in and there's no reason why it's not going our way.

"There's still plenty of time to bounce back in it." Danks added. "[But] if we go too much longer, it isn't early ... We need to turn around quick."

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was suspended by Major League Baseball before the game after an ejection and derogatory comments made on Twitter earlier in the week. Bench coach Joey Cora managed in his place.

The White Sox opened a 3-0 second inning lead as A.J. Pierzynski lined a 2-0 pitch from Arrieta to right for a two-run home run. With one out, Mark Teahen doubled and scored on Juan Pierre's bloop single to left.

Danks gave up a pair of third inning runs, first on a one-out RBI single by Brian Roberts that scored Mark Reynolds. Derrek Lee's two-out single to right then scored Robert Andino.

Luke Scott tied it at 3 in the third with a homer to right, his fourth of the season.

Wieters gave the Orioles a 5-3 lead in the sixth with his fourth homer.

Brent Lillibridge hit his second home run in the sixth. He lined a 1-1 pitch off reliever Clay Rapada to left-center to trim the Oriole lead to 5-4.

Danks left in favor of reliever Jesse Crain after six innings. He gave up five earned runs on eight hits, walked one and struck out three.

The Orioles sent 11 batters to the plate in a five-run seventh. They loaded the bases and Crain walked in one run with two out before being relieved by left-hander Chris Sale. Wieters greeted Sale with a double to right that scored two runs for a 8-4 lead.

Roberts then singled home another run.


  • Andino was 3 for 3 with a run scored for the Orioles.
  • Chicago RHP Jake Peavy pitched 5 2/3 innings in a rehab start at Charlotte on Friday, giving up three runs while striking out eight. He's been on the DL recovering from surgery to repair of detached right latissimus dorsi muscle.
  • Roberts, Markakis, Lee and Vladimir Guerrero have batted 1 through 4 in each game to date. The last time that happened for the Orioles was 2003.
  • The White Sox unveiled a plaque saluting longtime TV broadcaster Ken "Hawk" Harrelson, now in his 26th season with the team.
  • The White Sox send RHP Phil Humber (2-2, 3.20 ERA) on Saturday against Orioles RHP Chris Tillman (0-2, 6.16 ERA).
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Matt Wieters watches his two-run homer leave the park as the Orioles pound the White Sox. (AP)
Matt Wieters watches his two-run homer leave the park as the Orioles pound the White Sox. (AP)

Players of the Game

M. Wieters
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1

A. Pierzynski
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1

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Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B4023101 .263
Nick Markakis, RF3100211 .204
Derrek Lee, 1B5011016 .245
Vladimir Guerrero, DH5000005 .270
Luke Scott, LF4211120 .241
    Felix Pie, LF0000000 .250
Adam Jones, CF5100000 .217
Mark Reynolds, 3B4311120 .175
Matt Wieters, C5224011 .260
Robert Andino, SS4130100 .333
2B - Brian Roberts (5, Sale), Matt Wieters (5, Sale)
HR - Luke Scott (4, Danks), Matt Wieters (4, Danks)
RBI - Brian Roberts 3 (19), Derrek Lee (4), Luke Scott (7), Mark Reynolds (14), Matt Wieters 4 (16)
2-OUT RBI - Brian Roberts 2 (6), Derrek Lee (1), Mark Reynolds (4), Matt Wieters 4 (10)
Team LOB - 8
E - Robert Andino (3, Missed catch of throw)
Baltimore Orioles
Jake Arrieta (W,3-1) 5533221 5.01
Clay Rapada (H,1) 1111011 16.88
Jim Johnson 1000020 3.86
Jeremy Accardo 2000120 3.09
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Arrieta 85-51, Clay Rapada 14-9, Jim Johnson 12-8, Jeremy Accardo 30-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Arrieta 5-8, Jim Johnson 1-0, Jeremy Accardo 2-2
Batters Faced - Jake Arrieta 22, Clay Rapada 4, Jim Johnson 3, Jeremy Accardo 7
Chicago White Sox
Juan Pierre, LF4011010 .252
Alexei Ramirez, SS4010002 .245
Carlos Quentin, RF3000121 .296
Paul Konerko, 1B4000004 .291
Adam Dunn, DH3100110 .155
A.J. Pierzynski, C4112000 .265
Brent Lillibridge, CF4111000 .320
Mark Teahen, 3B3110110 .286
Gordon Beckham, 2B4010022 .202
2B - Mark Teahen (2, Arrieta)
HR - A.J. Pierzynski (1, Arrieta), Brent Lillibridge (2, Rapada)
RBI - Juan Pierre (7), A.J. Pierzynski 2 (11), Brent Lillibridge (3)
2-OUT RBI - Juan Pierre (5), Brent Lillibridge (3)
CS - Juan Pierre (7, 2nd base by Arrieta/Wieters)
Team LOB - 5
E - Alexei Ramirez (6, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago White Sox
John Danks (L,0-4) 6855132 3.92
Jesse Crain 0.2040310 1.50
Chris Sale 1.1211210 5.91
Matt Thornton 1000020 5.63
WP - John Danks 2 (4)
Pitches-Strikes - John Danks 107-72, Jesse Crain 29-13, Chris Sale 33-16, Matt Thornton 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Danks 10-6, Jesse Crain 1-1, Chris Sale 3-0, Matt Thornton 1-0
Batters Faced - John Danks 28, Jesse Crain 6, Chris Sale 8, Matt Thornton 3
Game Information
Attendance - 21816
Game Time - 2:58
Temperature - 53
Umpires - Home - Alfonso Marquez, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - Cory Blaser, Third Base - Ed Rapuano