American League Game Summary - Chicago at Baltimore|
(Monday, August 27th)
Final Score: Baltimore 4, Chicago 3
Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Nate McLouth's two-run homer in the eighth
inning lifted the Baltimore Orioles to a 4-3 triumph over the Chicago White
Sox in the opener of a four-game set at Camden Yards.
With runners on the corners and no outs in the top of the eighth, Adam Dunn
ripped a grounder to second baseman Robert Andino, but Baltimore first
baseman Mark Reynolds couldn't get to the bag in time to nab Dunn, and
DeWayne Wise scored from third.
Baltimore answered in the home half, as Reynolds made up for his defensive
blunder and worked a one-out walk before McLouth cracked his homer over the
Lew Ford also homered for the Orioles, who are 24-6 in one run games this
"Winning close games down the stretch is huge," McLouth said.
Pedro Strop (5-2) earned the win despite giving up a run in the eighth and Jim
Johnson stranded a runner in the ninth to earn his 40th save of the season.
Brett Myers (2-2) was pegged with the loss after giving up McLouth's go-ahead
"It's a tough (loss), but we'll have to come back (Tuesday). That's the way it
goes," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said.
Ford sent a fly ball to deep right field that sailed over the fence just
inside the foul pole in the second inning.
Later in the frame, the Orioles loaded the bases with just one out, but Nick
Markakis lined into an inning-ending double-play.
Kevin Youkilis' two-run homer in the sixth put Chicago up 2-1. Wise reached on
an error to open the inning before Youkilis smacked the first pitch he saw
into the left field seats.
The Orioles had the bases loaded in the sixth, but were only able to get one
run when McLouth drew a walk to plate Matt Wieters. Manny Machado followed
with a sharp grounder to third and Youkilis fired it home, but catcher A.J.
Pierzynski didn't even attempt a throw to first for a double play, much to the
dismay of reliever Jesse Crain.
After a verbal confrontation between the pitcher and catcher, Crain fanned
Andino and was able to get Markakis to ground out to end the inning.
Wei-Yin Chen started for the O's and gave up two runs -- one earned -- on four
hits and struck out eight over six strong innings ... The Orioles have won 13
consecutive one-run games ... Ford's last homer came July 29, 2007 ... With
the New York Yankees' loss Monday the Orioles trail by just 3 1/2 games in the
AL East ... Francisco Liriano started for the White Sox and gave up two runs
on six hits and four walks and also struck out three over five-plus
innings ... Chicago had a six-game winning streak snapped.
08/28 01:06:44 ET