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Orioles hit 3 homers in 8-2 win over White Sox

By JOHN JACKSON
The Associated Press
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CHICAGO (AP) Nick Markakis preserved the lead on defense and then enlarged it at the plate.

The right fielder hit a two-run homer after preventing one with a leaping catch, sending the Baltimore Orioles to an 8-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Monday night.

While offense usually is the focus, Markakis didn't hesitate when asked which moment felt better.

''Robbing a two-run homer,'' he said, ''especially in that situation.''

Nelson Cruz and J.J. Hardy each added a solo shot as the Orioles upped their AL East lead to 7 1/2 games over the idle New York Yankees.

Cruz hit his 32nd homer, passing White Sox rookie Jose Abreu for the American League lead. Cruz is tied with Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins for most in the majors.

Markakis was 3 for 5 with two RBIs and two runs, but everyone in the Baltimore locker room was talking about his clutch catch.

''That was big,'' manager Buck Showalter said. ''The score won't look like it, but obviously it was a big play.''

The Orioles entered the bottom of the seventh with a 3-0 lead after starter Bud Norris (11-7) retired 17 of his first 18 batters.

But he quickly found himself in trouble in the seventh after hitting Alejandro De Aza with a pitch and giving up a double to Alexei Ramirez that put runners on second and third with the heart of the Chicago lineup coming up.

Abreu flied out to shallow center and Adam Dunn struck out. It appeared Norris might escape with his shutout intact, but Avisail Garcia's two-run single made it 3-2.

Conor Gillaspie followed with a drive to deep right field, where Markakis raced back to the fence and made a leaping grab.

''I thought I had a shot at it all the way,'' he said. ''I was going after it. I was doing everything I can to catch it, with the situation of the game and the way Bud was pitching.

''It helped us out tremendously and kind of took the wind out of their sails a little bit.''

The Orioles then broke it open with a five-run eighth. Jonathan Schoop doubled in three runs and Markakis hit a two-run homer to cap the rally.

Chicago ace Chris Sale (10-3) took the loss, yielding three runs and eight hits in six innings. He has dropped two straight decisions.

The Orioles are the only AL team he hasn't beaten in his career.

''We were a great outfielder away from potentially winning that game,'' Sale said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: 3B Manny Machado will miss at least another week with a sprained right knee he sustained while taking a swing last Monday. There's no timetable for his return. Machado didn't play this season until May 1 because of surgery on his left knee in the offseason.

White Sox: CF Adam Eaton (strained right oblique) continues to make progress and the hope is he'll be ready to return when he's eligible to be activated from the 15-day disabled list Sunday. Eaton, though, is likely to go to the minors for a rehab stint before then.

UP NEXT

In the second game of the series Tuesday night, Orioles RHP Chris Tillman (9-5, 3.68 ERA) faces LHP Jose Quintana (6-9, 3.14).

ALL DUNN?

Adam Dunn's four-year, $40 million contract is up at the end of this season and the White Sox slugger hinted Monday there is a possibility he could retire.

Dunn, who turns 35 in November, has 459 homers and could move way up the career list by sticking around a few more years (he's just three from tying Jose Canseco for 34th place). But he said numbers, even the possibility of hitting 500 homers, won't be a determining factor.

''It's going to be a decision where I'm going to sit down with the people who are important to me and make a quick decision,'' Dunn said. ''Whether it's tomorrow (or) whether it's February, I don't know.''

WAITING GAME

RHP Miguel Gonzalez, sent to the minors Aug. 9, is expected to be back with the Orioles this weekend to start against the Cubs. Gonzalez threw a simulated game in the minors Monday - Double-A Bowie had the day off - to prepare for the potential assignment.

 
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Players of the Game
Baltimore

N. Markakis
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Baltimore

B. Norris
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 2
BB 0
K 5
 

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Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Nick Markakis, RF5232010.297.362.414
Steve Pearce, 1B5031000.290.356.512
   Ryan Flaherty, 3B0000000.196.259.306
Adam Jones, CF5010024.283.312.473
Nelson Cruz, LF3111112.260.329.516
   a-David Lough, PH-LF1000000.213.284.319
Delmon Young, DH5010023.297.326.434
J.J. Hardy, SS5221022.286.319.397
Chris Davis, 3B-1B3100012.193.297.397
Caleb Joseph, C2100200.224.289.418
Jonathan Schoop, 2B4113022.220.256.361
Bud Norris, P0000000.000.000.000
   Brad Brach, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals388128311    
a-grounded out for Cruz in the 9th
Batting
2B - Steve Pearce 2 (19, Sale), Delmon Young (10, Sale), Jonathan Schoop (13, Lindstrom)
HR - Nick Markakis (11, Lindstrom), Nelson Cruz (32, Sale), J.J. Hardy (7, Sale)
RBI - Nick Markakis 2 (42), Steve Pearce (33), Nelson Cruz (84), J.J. Hardy (43), Jonathan Schoop 3 (36)
2-OUT RBI - Nick Markakis 2 (12), Steve Pearce (13), Jonathan Schoop 3 (21)
Team LOB - 7
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Bud Norris (W,11-7) 7322050 3.69
Brad Brach 2000020 2.61
HBP - De Aza (by Bud Norris)
Pitches-Strikes - Bud Norris 82-54, Brad Brach 23-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bud Norris 5-10, Brad Brach 1-3
Batters Faced - Bud Norris 24, Brad Brach 6
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Alejandro De Aza, LF3100020.247.316.363
Alexei Ramirez, SS4110000.285.320.413
Jose Abreu, 1B4000012.302.359.591
Adam Dunn, DH3000022.227.350.442
Avisail Garcia, RF3012000.300.378.500
Conor Gillaspie, 3B3000001.309.360.452
Tyler Flowers, C3000020.240.300.363
Jordan Danks, CF3010000.185.270.292
Gordon Beckham, 2B3000001.222.264.339
Chris Sale, P0000000.000.000.000
   Ronald Belisario, P0000000.000.000.000
   Eric Surkamp, P0000000.000.000.000
   Matt Lindstrom, P0000000.000.000.000
   Maikel Cleto, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals2923207    
Batting
2B - Alexei Ramirez (25, Norris)
RBI - Avisail Garcia 2 (7)
2-OUT RBI - Avisail Garcia 2 (4)
CS - Jordan Danks (2, 2nd base by Norris/Joseph)
Team LOB - 1
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Sale (L,10-3) 6833282 2.12
Ronald Belisario 1.2111010 6.11
Eric Surkamp 0011000 6.91
Matt Lindstrom 0333101 5.57
Maikel Cleto 1.1000020 5.12
HBP - Davis (by Eric Surkamp)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Sale 121-80, Ronald Belisario 21-14, Eric Surkamp 4-2, Matt Lindstrom 15-9, Maikel Cleto 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Sale 2-7, Ronald Belisario 2-2, Maikel Cleto 1-1
Batters Faced - Chris Sale 27, Ronald Belisario 6, Eric Surkamp 1, Matt Lindstrom 4, Maikel Cleto 4
Game Information
Attendance - 17686
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Hal Gibson, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Tom Hallion