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Then, as his teammates prepared to take a train to New York for a huge series against the Yankees, Britton packed his bags for a drive to Norfolk, home of Baltimore's Triple-A affiliate.
He won't be gone for long.
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Baltimore took three of four from the AL Central-leading White Sox to complete a 5-1 homestand that started with a two-game sweep of Toronto. The Orioles now stand within three games of the idle AL East-leading Yankees, who will be trying to retain that margin in the three-game series that begins Friday night.
"Trust me, this group is going to have fun with it," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said.
The Orioles head north with a suitcase full of momentum.
"It's nice to take this one to New York," said Britton, who was optioned to Norfolk after the game to make room for left-hander Randy Wolf, signed Thursday after being cut by Milwaukee last week.
Britton (4-1) gave up one run, seven hits and did not issue a walk. He fanned Dewayne Wise three times and eclipsed his previous single-game career high of seven strikeouts by the fifth inning.
"I think Zach will be back," Showalter said, adding, "Zach was hiding from me tonight."
The Orioles can't wait for his return.
"If he can go out and give you eight innings with no walks, he's going to be hard to beat," Jones said. "That was the most impressive I've seen him."
Britton allowed hits to five of the first nine batters he faced, but finished by retiring 19 of 21.
The game drew a crowd of 10,141, smallest of the season at Camden Yards. There should be substantially more fans in the stands at Yankee Stadium.
"Our guys aren't going up there to experience the atmosphere," Showalter said. "They're going to try to compete with the team we're trying to catch."
Ramirez went 7 for 13 with five RBI in the series, but the White Sox finished 2-6 against Baltimore this season. Chicago next travels to Detroit for a showdown between the top two teams in the AL Central.
"You've got to go in there and put this series behind us and hopefully go into Detroit and play well," catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. "The Orioles are playing well right now. They have a confidence about them, especially at home. We're out of here now and we have to worry about Detroit."
Rookie Jose Quintana (5-3) allowed five runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings, matching the shortest outing of his career. He entered with an 0.88 ERA in day games and was 3-0 with a 3.34 ERA in nine road starts.
His downfall came in the second, when he gave up five straight extra-base hits.
"They got to him in that inning," manager Robin Ventura said. "Everything was kind of up and kind of the same speed, really. They can hit, and they got him."
Teagarden, the backup catcher behind Matt Wieters, came in batting .086 (3 for 35). In addition to his third-inning home run, he also doubled in a run in the fourth.
Chicago wasted a double by newcomer Jose Lopez in the first inning, then scored only one run on four hits in the second. After Pierzynski was thrown out at the plate by Jones trying to score from second on a single to center by Ramirez, Beckham hit a two-out RBI single before Wise struck out with runners on the corners.
Quintana opened by getting eight straight outs before Teagarden hit an opposite-field drive to right, the first of five straight two-out extra-base hits by the Orioles. Nick Markakis and J.J. Hardy followed with doubles and Jones hit his career-high 26th home run before Mark Reynolds capped the surge with a double.
Baltimore made it 5-1 in the fourth when Nate McLouth singled and Teagarden doubled to center.
|Zach Britton racks up a career-high 10 strikeouts in the win before getting optioned to the minors. (AP)|
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|Dewayne Wise, CF||4||0||0||0||0||3||3||.269|
|Jose Lopez, 3B||4||0||2||0||0||2||1||.253|
|Adam Dunn, DH||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.204|
|Paul Konerko, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.312|
|Alex Rios, RF||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.303|
|A.J. Pierzynski, C||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.285|
|Hector Gimenez, C||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||1.000|
|Dayan Viciedo, LF||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.255|
|Alexei Ramirez, SS||4||0||3||2||0||0||2||.271|
|Gordon Beckham, 2B||4||0||1||1||0||1||2||.233|
|2B - Jose Lopez (14, Britton), Alexei Ramirez (20, Britton)|
|RBI - Alexei Ramirez 2 (62), Gordon Beckham (49)|
|2-OUT RBI - Alexei Ramirez 2 (26), Gordon Beckham (16)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Jones-Beckham-Konerko|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Jose Quintana (L,5-3)||3.2||7||5||5||1||1||2||3.17|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jose Quintana 76-46, Nate Jones 33-20, Hector Santiago 18-13, Donnie Veal 16-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Quintana 5-5, Nate Jones 3-1, Hector Santiago 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Jose Quintana 19, Nate Jones 8, Hector Santiago 3, Donnie Veal 3|
|Nick Markakis, RF||3||1||1||0||1||0||0||.294|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||4||1||1||1||0||1||2||.231|
|Adam Jones, CF||4||1||1||2||0||1||0||.285|
|Mark Reynolds, 1B||3||0||1||0||1||1||0||.221|
|Lew Ford, DH||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.186|
|Nate McLouth, LF||4||1||1||0||0||2||0||.212|
|Manny Machado, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.227|
|Robert Andino, 2B||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.221|
|Taylor Teagarden, C||3||1||2||2||0||1||1||.132|
|2B - Nick Markakis (25, Quintana), J.J. Hardy (24, Quintana), Mark Reynolds (23, Quintana), Taylor Teagarden (2, Quintana)|
|HR - Adam Jones (26, Quintana), Taylor Teagarden (2, Quintana)|
|RBI - J.J. Hardy (53), Adam Jones 2 (68), Taylor Teagarden 2 (5)|
|2-OUT RBI - J.J. Hardy (16), Adam Jones 2 (21), Taylor Teagarden 2 (5)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Outfield Assists - Adam Jones 1|
|Zach Britton (W,4-1)||8||7||1||1||0||10||0||4.80|
|Jim Johnson (S,41)||0.2||1||0||0||0||1||0||2.93|
|Pitches-Strikes - Zach Britton 104-77, Pedro Strop 13-11, Jim Johnson 8-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach Britton 8-5, Pedro Strop 1-0, Jim Johnson 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Zach Britton 30, Pedro Strop 3, Jim Johnson 3|
|Attendance - 10141|
|Game Time - 2:31|
|Temperature - 81|
|Umpires - Home - Brian Runge, First Base - Tim McClelland, Second Base - Jordan Baker, Third Base - Marvin Hudson|