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Orioles 6, White Sox 2

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CHICAGO -- No. 9 hitter Robert Andino supplied some power, aggressive baserunning and a great play at shortstop to help the Baltimore Orioles send the Chicago White Sox to yet another defeat.

Andino's antics were pivotal in the Orioles 6-2 victory Saturday night, but manager Buck Showalter pointed to the work of reliever Mike Gonzalez as the key.

The hard-throwing lefty pitched out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam with only one run scoring in the sixth. He struck out Adam Dunn and A.J. Pierzynski to stop a potential big inning by the struggling White Sox, who've lost 14 of 17.

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"Gonzalez was the star," Showalter said. "Big momentum swing with Dunn coming up there. I said, 'Let it loose, let it hang out, let's go.'

"He's always emotionally into it. Nobody is a robot that doesn't have emotions. Everybody pulls for him. (The offense) fed off his success as much as he did."

Leading 2-1, the Orioles tacked on four runs in the eighth, an inning featuring a passed ball and error on Chicago catcher Pierzynski, some daring baserunning by Andino and a two-run single by Vladimir Guerrero.

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen missed the game, completing his two-game suspension for tweeting comments about an umpire after he was ejected three nights earlier in New York. Bench coach Joey Cora ran the team for the second straight game.

With or without their manager, the White Sox can't win and finished April 10-18 -- the most losses in April in franchise history. They've dropped four straight.

"The league is not going to be feeling sorry for us or wait for us or nothing. We are going to have to play and play through it and start winning some ballgames," Cora said.

Baltimore's Chris Tillman (1-2), who had to skip his previously scheduled start because of a sore groin, had a 2-0 lead and was pitching well into the sixth when he gave up singles to Alexei Ramirez and Carlos Quentin and walked Paul Konerko to load the bases with no outs.

Showalter went to the bullpen for Gonzalez, who struck out Dunn looking. Alex Rios then hit a fly ball to medium center field and Adam Jones made a strong throw to the plate that appeared to be in time to get Ramirez, but Orioles catcher Jake Fox couldn't hold the throw, making it 2-1. Gonzalez then fanned Pierzynski to end the threat.

Phil Humber (2-3), who took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in his previous start against the Yankees, had another solid outing, giving up three hits and two runs in seven innings.

"Our job is to gout there and go deep in the ballgame and keep us close and give our offense a chance," Humber said. "Right now we're not scoring a whole lot of runs, but I think that is going to turn around, I really do. I've got all the faith in the world in these guys. ... Hopefully it turns around for us pretty quick."

Andino led off the third with his first homer of the season -- and seventh in parts of seven major league seasons -- to put Baltimore up 2-0. The Orioles took an early lead when Brian Roberts doubled to lead off the game, went to third on a fly ball and scored on Humber's wild pitch, a low delivery that eluded Pierzynski.

"I wish I could take one pitch back, the one to Andino," Humber said. "Other than that pitch and not being there to cover home in the first inning that kind of bit us there. Other than that I threw the ball pretty well."

Andino also blunted a Chicago rally in the fourth when the White Sox had first and second and no outs. He made a diving stop on Rios' grounder behind the bag and started a double play with a nice flip to Roberts.

"He's been playing good shortstop," Showalter said.

Andino singled in the eighth off Matt Thornton and stole second. When Roberts struck out, the ball got by Pierzynski, who retrieved it and threw low to Dunn at first. Dunn caught the one-hop throw but his relay to the plate was too late to get Andino, who scored all the way from second.

"I came around third aggressive," Andino said. "He might throw the ball. In this game, anything happens.... Once I saw the ball hit the dirt, I made up my mind."

Nick Markakis followed with a single and Derrek Lee walked to load the bases before Guerrero delivered a two-run single past third. Luke Scott's sacrifice fly made it 6-1 and Thornton was booed as he left the mound.

Rios hit his first homer of the season in the ninth to make it 6-2.

Notes

The Orioles have won four of their last five. ... Guillen said he watched Friday night's 10-4 loss on TV. He said that more difficult than from the dugout because he has to watch replays and can still hear the booing. He said he was in the parking lot and then went home Friday night. "It was painful to watch as a fan," he said. ... Dunn, who underwent an appendectomy and was 7 for 61 over his previous 17 games, got his first start at first base for the White Sox after serving for 20 games as a DH. He went 1 for 4 Saturday night. ... RHP Jake Peavy (shoulder) is scheduled to make his next rehab start on May 5 for the White Sox's Triple-A Charlotte team and throw 100 pitches. ... Orioles' DL update: SS J.J. Hardy (left oblique) hit off a tee, ran the bases and took ground balls Saturday. RHP Justin Duchscherer (left hip) threw 30 pitches in batting practice and said he felt great afterward. LHP Brian Matusz (back) threw 45 pitches in a side session Saturday and reported no problems.

 
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Players of the Game
Chicago

A. Ramirez
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Baltimore

V. Guerrero
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brian Roberts, 2B4210110 .262
Nick Markakis, RF5110012 .204
Derrek Lee, 1B3100222 .237
Vladimir Guerrero, DH4012002 .269
Luke Scott, LF3011011 .246
    Felix Pie, LF0000000 .250
Adam Jones, CF4000012 .207
Mark Reynolds, 3B3000001 .169
Jake Fox, C4000023 .120
Robert Andino, SS4221000 .348
Totals3466438  
Batting
2B - Brian Roberts (6, Humber)
HR - Robert Andino (1, Humber)
SF - Luke Scott (2)
RBI - Vladimir Guerrero 2 (13), Luke Scott (8), Robert Andino (1)
SB - Nick Markakis (1, 2nd base off Humber/Pierzynski), Robert Andino (1, 2nd base off Thornton/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Andino-B. Roberts-Lee
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Tillman (W,1-2) 5611200 5.25
Mike Gonzalez (H,2) 2000040 9.82
Koji Uehara 2211021 2.79
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Tillman 88-48, Mike Gonzalez 26-17, Koji Uehara 33-25
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Tillman 5-9, Mike Gonzalez 1-1, Koji Uehara 2-2
Batters Faced - Chris Tillman 22, Mike Gonzalez 6, Koji Uehara 8
Chicago White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Juan Pierre, LF4000001 .243
Alexei Ramirez, SS4130010 .265
Carlos Quentin, RF4010003 .294
Paul Konerko, DH2000201 .286
Adam Dunn, 1B4010023 .160
Alex Rios, CF3112001 .163
A.J. Pierzynski, C4010013 .264
Mark Teahen, 3B4010010 .282
Gordon Beckham, 2B4000012 .194
Totals3328226  
Batting
HR - Alex Rios (1, Uehara)
SF - Alex Rios (1)
RBI - Alex Rios 2 (6)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
PB - A.J. Pierzynski (3)
E - A.J. Pierzynski (1, Throwing(Previous play)
Chicago White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Philip Humber (L,2-3) 7322151 3.06
Matt Thornton 0.1343110 8.64
Jeff Gray 1.2000120 3.48
HBP - Reynolds (by Jeff Gray)
WP - Philip Humber 2 (2), Matt Thornton (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Philip Humber 97-61, Matt Thornton 20-11, Jeff Gray 34-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Philip Humber 6-11, Jeff Gray 2-1
Batters Faced - Philip Humber 26, Matt Thornton 6, Jeff Gray 7
Game Information
Attendance - 26104
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - Cory Blaser, Second Base - Ed Rapuano, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez