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White Sox beat Orioles, snap five-game losing skid

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BALTIMORE -- The Chicago White Sox rarely breeze to an easy victory, and this was no exception.

Although the White Sox experienced a few anxious moments in the ninth inning Tuesday night, that didn't make their 4-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles any less satisfying.

''When you have the opportunity, you have to win those games,'' left fielder Alejandro De Aza said. ''We have to enjoy it because it doesn't happen very often.''

Jose Quintana allowed one run in seven innings and Gordon Beckham homered to help Chicago end a five-game losing streak. Alexei Ramirez had two hits and scored twice for the last-place White Sox, who had lost nine of 11 overall and eight straight on the road.

''It's nice to get a win,'' manager Robin Ventura said. ''Offensively, we had a good game, knocking in some runs. We had a chance there to blow it open, and didn't do it.''

As usual, the White Sox kept it close. During their five straight defeats, they were outscored by a combined seven runs.

Quintana (4-7) gave up six hits -- including a solo homer by Steve Pearce -- struck out eight and walked three. The left-hander was 0-3 in four starts since May 26.

One night after blowing a ninth-inning lead in the series opener, White Sox closer Ronald Belisario entered in the ninth with no outs and a runner on first. He allowed a pinch-hit RBI single to Delmon Young before getting pinch-hitter Ryan Flaherty to bounce into a double play -- Chicago's fourth of the game.

Whew.

''I'd say, after the last five days, we probably need that,'' Ventura said. ''It was a good effort by `Q' to get us in a spot where we could win, and we did enough to win.''

Belisario's eighth save sealed a much-needed victory for the White Sox, who had dropped a season-high seven games under .500.

After crediting his teammates for their solid defensive play behind him, Quintana said, ''I want to win this game for them, to stop five straight with no wins for the team.''

Miguel Gonzalez (4-5) yielded three runs and a career-high tying nine hits in five innings for Baltimore. It was his second start since returning from a 17-day stint on the disabled list with a strained right oblique, and like the last one, he failed to get into the sixth inning.

''Bent but didn't break. Kept us engaged in the game. Gave us some chances,'' manager Buck Showalter said. ''His command was off from what we've come to expect. He fought his way through five innings.''

Two batters into the game, Gonzalez and the Orioles fell behind for good when Beckham drove a fastball into the seats in left field for his seventh home run.

Chicago added a run in the second when Ramirez doubled and scored on a single by De Aza. The inning ended with a poorly executed double steal in which De Aza was nailed at the plate after getting a late start from third base.

Three straight two-out singles, the last by Tyler Flowers, made it 3-0 in the fourth.

The White Sox loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth before Ramirez hit a popup and Dayan Viciedo bounced into a double play.

After Pearce homered leading off the sixth, Adam Jones doubled. But Quintana struck out Nelson Cruz and Chris Davis before retiring J.J. Hardy on a fly to right.

Nick Markakis, who went 0 for 4 against Quintana with two strikeouts, said of the lefty: ''He's a guy that short arms the ball and the ball jumps out of his hand. It is tough to get in a rhythm when you don't see the ball behind his back and he short arms it with good velocity.''

Chicago got an unearned run in the eighth. Ramirez singled, stole second, advanced on a passed ball and deftly avoided the tag at the plate on a grounder by De Aza.

Notes

Orioles 3B Manny Machado will have a hearing Wednesday on his appeal of a five-game suspension for intentionally throwing a bat on the field. ... Ventura says RHP Scott Carroll will start Thursday in Toronto. He replaces Andre Rienzo, who has been relegated to the bullpen after losing five straight starts and yielding 17 runs in his last three outings. ... Baltimore RHP Ubaldo Jimenez, 0-6 with a 6.38 ERA at home, takes the mound Wednesday in the series finale against Chicago RHP Hector Noesi. ... Chicago's Adam Eaton walked twice and singled. He has reached base in 19 straight games and has an 11-game hitting streak.

 
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Ronald Belisario gets another chance in the ninth, and gets the save despite working around two runners on base. (USATSI)
Ronald Belisario gets another chance in the ninth, and gets the save despite working around two runners on base. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

S. Pearce
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Chicago

J. Quintana
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 3
K 8
 

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Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Adam Eaton, CF3010210 .273
Gordon Beckham, 2B5111004 .267
Conor Gillaspie, 3B5020000 .338
Jose Abreu, 1B4010011 .274
Adam Dunn, DH3000101 .228
Alexei Ramirez, SS4220003 .302
Dayan Viciedo, RF4110003 .246
   Moises Sierra, RF0000000 .184
Alejandro De Aza, LF3022000 .222
Tyler Flowers, C4011013 .242
Jose Quintana, P0000000 .000
   Jake Petricka, P0000000 .000
   Scott Downs, P0000000 .000
   Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
Totals35411433  
Batting
2B - Conor Gillaspie (19, M. Gonzalez), Alexei Ramirez (12, M. Gonzalez)
HR - Gordon Beckham (7, M. Gonzalez)
RBI - Gordon Beckham (23), Alejandro De Aza 2 (25), Tyler Flowers (21)
2-OUT RBI - Tyler Flowers (9)
SB - Alexei Ramirez (13, 2nd base off Hunter/Joseph), Alejandro De Aza (11, 3rd base off M. Gonzalez/Joseph)
CS - Alejandro De Aza (5, )
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - A. Ramirez-Beckham-Abreu, A. Ramirez-Beckham-Abreu-A. Ramirez-Beckham-Abreu, A. Ramirez-Beckham-Abreu-A. Ramirez-Beckham-Abreu-A. Ramirez-Beckham-Abreu, A. Ramirez-Beckham-Abreu-A. Ramirez-Beckham-Abreu-A. Ramirez-Beckham-Abreu-Beckham-A. Ramirez-Abreu
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jose Quintana (W,4-7) 7611381 3.69
Jake Petricka (H,7) 1000100 2.21
Scott Downs 0111000 5.70
Ronald Belisario (S,8) 1200000 5.35
WP - Jose Quintana (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Jose Quintana 115-67, Jake Petricka 12-5, Scott Downs 6-5, Ronald Belisario 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Quintana 7-4, Jake Petricka 2-0, Ronald Belisario 2-0
Batters Faced - Jose Quintana 28, Jake Petricka 3, Scott Downs 1, Ronald Belisario 4
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Nick Markakis, RF4000021 .289
Steve Pearce, LF3121100 .344
Adam Jones, CF4020001 .298
Nelson Cruz, DH4010013 .295
Chris Davis, 1B3010122 .221
J.J. Hardy, SS4100013 .290
Manny Machado, 3B3020101 .237
Jonathan Schoop, 2B3000013 .220
   a-Delmon Young, PH1011000 .320
   David Lough, PR0000000 .182
Caleb Joseph, C2000110 .171
   b-Ryan Flaherty, PH1000001 .214
Miguel Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
   T.J. McFarland, P0000000 .000
   Tommy Hunter, P0000000 .000
   Zach Britton, P0000000 .000
Totals3229248  
a-singled for Schoop in the 9th
b-grounded into a double play for Joseph in the 9th
Batting
2B - Adam Jones (15, Quintana)
HR - Steve Pearce (7, Quintana)
RBI - Steve Pearce (20), Delmon Young (11)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Hardy-Schoop-Davis, Hardy-Schoop-Davis-Schoop-Hardy-Davis, Hardy-Schoop-Davis-Schoop-Hardy-Davis-Schoop-Davis
E - Caleb Joseph (1, Throwing)
PB - Caleb Joseph (2)
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Miguel Gonzalez (L,4-5) 5933311 4.48
T.J. McFarland 2100010 2.81
Tommy Hunter 1110000 5.25
Zach Britton 1000010 1.60
HBP - De Aza (by T.J. McFarland)
Pitches-Strikes - Miguel Gonzalez 87-52, T.J. McFarland 16-10, Tommy Hunter 8-5, Zach Britton 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Miguel Gonzalez 6-6, T.J. McFarland 2-2, Tommy Hunter 3-0, Zach Britton 2-0
Batters Faced - Miguel Gonzalez 25, T.J. McFarland 7, Tommy Hunter 4, Zach Britton 3
Game Information
Attendance - 20596
Game Time - 3:09
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Al Porter, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Rob Drake