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Dunn delivers walk-off homer for White Sox vs. Orioles

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CHICAGO -- Adam Dunn thought pitcher Jose Quintana deserved better than another no-decision in a defeat, so he did with his bat what he had failed to do with his glove.

Dunn made up for a critical eighth-inning error by hitting a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth, giving the Chicago White Sox a 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday.

Dunn connected with one out against Tommy Hunter (3-2). The previous inning, Dunn misplayed a grounder by Matt Wieters, paving the way for the tying run to score and depriving Quintana of his first victory since May 21.

"The way Q pitched and how that inning went down, it was good any way we could to get a win," Dunn said.

Quintana struck out a career-high 11 in seven innings. He allowed two hits and retired his last 13 batters.

Reliever Addison Reed (2-0) wound up with the win.

Dunn's home run was his 23rd this year. He has batted .272 in June and July after a .156 average in April and May.

"I think that it's probably a little bit of everything," he said about his turnaround. "The things we've been working on since spring training just kind of paying off now."

"Like I said from Day One, I've felt pretty good all year. Just wasn't getting any results. Now it seems like I'm swinging at a little better pitches and putting some good wood on it," he said.

Dunn also singled in a run to help Chicago take a 2-0 lead in the sixth.

"He's dangerous any time he goes up there. But again, just the quality of the at-bats is great to see," Chicago manager Robin Ventura said.

Quintana was locked in from the start.

"The beginning of the game I felt I had really good control and I felt I'm really going to be able to do some things," he said a translator. "That's s what led to me striking out so many batters."

Quintana seemed as if he would get the elusive victory after the sixth. Alex Rios broke up a scoreless tie with an RBI single and Dunn followed with an RBI single off Orioles starter Zach Britton.

Baltimore scored twice in the eighth off reliever Nate Jones, one on Dunn's error and the other on Nick Markakis' sacrifice fly.

Quintana said the no-decision didn't bother him. His previous strikeout high was eight, set against Texas on July 5, 2012.

"Those are things you can't control," he said. "The most important thing to me is that the team wins. The best thing that I can do for the team is give the team a quality start, give the team the opportunity to win and give a quality outing."

Britton struck out three, walked one and gave up six hits over seven innings in his longest stint of the season.

"Both guys pitched real well," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "There was only going to be a small margin of error. We were fortunate to push over a couple there out of their bullpen."

"Quintana was tough. I mean, that was solid. I can see why they're so high on him. He's been pitching well for them. They've got a lot of good young pitchers but Zach matched him for the most part," he said.

Dunn decided the game by connecting on a curveball.

"It's a pitch you don't want to throw to him," Hunter said. "I would like to bury it. There were a couple righties coming up right after him."

Notes

  • Ventura said RHP Jake Peavy, on the disabled list since June 6, will throw Friday. Ventura said he doesn't expect Peavy to return from his broken rib until after the All-Star break.
  • Baltimore signed South Korean LHP Jung-Hyun Yoon. He is slated to report to the Orioles' spring training complex in Sarasota to be evaluated for assignment within their system.
  • The sixth inning has become a nemesis for Britton, who had given up a .643 batting average in sixth innings coming into the contest and then allowed two more runs.
  • The starting time for the White Sox-Orioles game on Sept. 7 game in Baltimore has been moved to 1:05 p.m. from 7:05 p.m. Baltimore RHP Miguel Gonzalez (6-3, 3.77) starts Friday night at New York against Ivan Nova (2-2, 4.63) of the Yankees. The White Sox play at Tampa Bay Friday night, with Dylan Axelrod (3-4, 4.57) facing Jeremy Hellickson (7-3, 4.90).
 
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Adam Dunn gives the White Sox and their fans something else to celebrate on the holiday with his home run.  (USATSI)
Adam Dunn gives the White Sox and their fans something else to celebrate on the holiday with his home run. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Chicago

J. Quintana
IP 7.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 1
K 11
Chicago

A. Dunn
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Nick Markakis, RF3011010 .292
Manny Machado, 3B4010022 .319
Adam Jones, CF3000110 .291
Chris Davis, 1B4000032 .327
J.J. Hardy, SS4000020 .256
Brian Roberts, 2B2100110 .304
Nate McLouth, LF3110000 .286
Nolan Reimold, DH2000010 .193
    Chris Dickerson, PH-DH1000002 .269
Taylor Teagarden, C2000020 .091
    Matt Wieters, PH-C1001000 .225
Totals29232213  
a-lined out for Reimold in the 8th
b-grounded out for Teagarden in the 8th
Batting
2B - Nate McLouth (18, Jones)
SF - Nick Markakis (5)
RBI - Nick Markakis (43), Matt Wieters (40)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Hardy-B. Roberts-Davis, Hardy-B. Roberts-Davis-Machado-B. Roberts-Davis
E - J.J. Hardy (7, Misplayed grounder)
PB - Taylor Teagarden (1)
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zach Britton 7622130 4.03
Tommy Hunter (L,3-2) 1.1111011 2.09
Pitches-Strikes - Zach Britton 99-62, Tommy Hunter 29-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach Britton 11-6
Batters Faced - Zach Britton 27, Tommy Hunter 5
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alejandro De Aza, CF4000011 .258
Alexei Ramirez, SS4110001 .279
Alex Rios, RF4121001 .271
Dayan Viciedo, DH4000012 .233
Adam Dunn, 1B4132011 .207
Jeff Keppinger, 3B2000102 .250
Casper Wells, LF3000012 .167
Gordon Beckham, 2B3000002 .322
Tyler Flowers, C3010000 .208
Totals3137314  
Batting
2B - Alexei Ramirez (19, Britton)
HR - Adam Dunn (23, Hunter)
RBI - Alex Rios (38), Adam Dunn 2 (57)
SB - Alex Rios (16, 2nd base off Britton/Teagarden)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - A. Ramirez
E - Adam Dunn (4, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jose Quintana 72001110 3.69
Nate Jones (BS,1) 1121110 4.40
Addison Reed (W,4-1) 1000010 3.79
Pitches-Strikes - Jose Quintana 112-72, Nate Jones 27-17, Addison Reed 12-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Quintana 3-6, Nate Jones 1-2, Addison Reed 1-1
Batters Faced - Jose Quintana 23, Nate Jones 6, Addison Reed 3
Game Information
Attendance - 21321
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Sam Holbrook