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CHICAGO -- The Baltimore Orioles claim to have a different mindset this season and not even a tiny interloper could derail another confidence-building road victory.
"I wasn't trying to make it as dramatic as I did," Johnson said. "It's good to get three out of four here."
The game was briefly delayed in the top of the seventh inning when a young boy who appeared to about 4 or 5 years old slipped through a barricade and went running across the outfield. With the crowd laughing, White Sox left fielder Dayan Viciedo scooped him up and handed him over to a security guard.
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The child and his family were ejected from the game per Major League Baseball rules but no charges were filed, the team said.
"Safety is our No. 1 concern and we are happy that the child is fine," White Sox spokesman Scott Reifert said in a statement. "Obviously it was a non-issue for Dayan who was able to field the kid cleanly."
"But going on the field is stuff we do take seriously. It's not something we condone in any way," he said.
Adam Jones hit his fifth homer of the season and an RBI double. He's gone deep four times in the first seven games of Baltimore's 10-game road trip. The two-run shot in the fifth was his first this year with a runner on base.
The Orioles won three of four from Chicago and have won their first two road series of the season, including two of three at Toronto last weekend. Baltimore won just five road series last season.
"A common denominator of teams that are competitive is they play well on the road," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "So far, so good."
Hammel (2-0) matched a career high for strikeouts, doing it in just six innings. He worked out of trouble early, leaving the bases loaded in the first and third.
"I made some good pitches," Hammel said. "They're a very aggressive team. They're going swing at bad stuff if you get ahead in the count. I think I exploited that today."
Johnson earned his sixth save. He has converted 14 straight chances dating to last season.
Hammel bested Gavin Floyd (1-2), who allowed five runs and six hits in six innings.
"Obviously not the results you want," Floyd said. "You want to keep the team in the game a little bit better."
Adam Dunn had a walk, an RBI double and scored for Chicago. He extended his streak of getting on base to six appearances before striking out his next two times up, increasing his AL-high total to 21.
"It's like you're getting close and it's just not happening," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "Eventually, those [rallies] will push through and it will be different."
Jones doubled during a two-run first. In the fifth, after J.J. Hardy's sacrifice fly broke a 2-all tie, Jones hit a full-count fastball from Floyd into the left-field seats.
"I'm just doing what I'm supposed to do," Jones said. "Just staying aggressive in the zone, trying to be the best for my team."
Hammel allowed doubles to Alejandro De Aza and Dunn in the third. Rios' single made it 2-all and Alexei Ramirez walked to load the bases. Hammel recovered to strike out Viciedo and Tyler Flowers, preserving the tie.
Endy Chavez reached base three times and scored two runs for the surprising Orioles, who travel to Anaheim for the last stop on their road trip leading the AL East.
"We have a good group of guys here," Jones said. "There is a different mindset in here this year. We're not letting up on nobody."
|Adam Jones has hit four home runs in the first seven games of the Orioles' current road trip. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Endy Chavez, LF||2||2||1||0||1||0||1||.150|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||2||0||0||1||1||2||2||.188|
|Nick Markakis, RF||4||1||1||0||0||1||3||.200|
|Adam Jones, CF||4||1||2||3||0||1||1||.321|
|Nick Johnson, DH||4||0||0||1||0||2||0||.000|
|Mark Reynolds, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||2||1||.154|
|Chris Davis, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||3||1||.341|
|Ronny Paulino, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.421|
|Robert Andino, 2B||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||.319|
|2B - Adam Jones (4, Floyd)|
|3B - Robert Andino (1, Floyd)|
|HR - Adam Jones (5, Floyd)|
|SF - J.J. Hardy (1)|
|RBI - J.J. Hardy (4), Adam Jones 3 (8), Nick Johnson (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Adam Jones 2 (4)|
|CS - Endy Chavez (1, 2nd base by Floyd/Flowers), Robert Andino (1, 2nd base by Stewart/Flowers)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Andino-Hardy-Davis|
|Jason Hammel (W,2-0)||6||6||2||2||3||10||0||2.37|
|Matt Lindstrom (H,1)||1||0||0||0||1||2||0||0.00|
|Pedro Strop (H,2)||1||1||1||1||1||2||0||2.25|
|Jim Johnson (S,6)||1||1||0||0||1||2||0||0.00|
|HBP - Konerko (by Jim Johnson)|
|WP - Jason Hammel (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jason Hammel 108-71, Matt Lindstrom 17-9, Pedro Strop 24-15, Jim Johnson 31-17|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Hammel 5-3, Pedro Strop 1-0, Jim Johnson 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Jason Hammel 27, Matt Lindstrom 3, Pedro Strop 5, Jim Johnson 6|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Alejandro De Aza, CF||4||1||1||0||1||2||0||.234|
|Brent Lillibridge, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||3||2||.000|
|a- A.J. Pierzynski, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.400|
|Brent Morel, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.103|
|Adam Dunn, 1B||4||1||2||1||1||2||0||.222|
|Gordon Beckham, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.152|
|Paul Konerko, DH||3||1||2||0||1||0||0||.370|
|Alex Rios, RF||5||0||2||1||0||3||3||.286|
|Alexei Ramirez, SS||3||0||1||1||1||0||3||.295|
|Dayan Viciedo, LF||4||0||0||0||0||3||5||.222|
|Tyler Flowers, C||3||0||0||0||1||2||4||.111|
|Eduardo Escobar, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.182|
|a-walked for Lillibridge in the 9th|
|2B - Alejandro De Aza (2, Hammel), Adam Dunn (5, Hammel), Alex Rios (2, Strop)|
|RBI - Adam Dunn (7), Alex Rios (3), Alexei Ramirez (3)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|DP - Lillibridge-Escobar-Dunn|
|E - Gavin Floyd (1, Throwing)|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Gavin Floyd (L,1-2)||6||6||5||5||3||7||1||4.58|
|HBP - Chavez (by Gavin Floyd)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Gavin Floyd 117-73, Nate Jones 29-20, Zach Stewart 20-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gavin Floyd 4-5, Nate Jones 1-2, Zach Stewart 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Gavin Floyd 26, Nate Jones 7, Zach Stewart 3|
|Attendance - 11836|
|Game Time - 3:08|
|Temperature - 50|
|Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - Lance Barrett, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Cory Blaser|