Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Since coming to the big leagues, Zach Britton
has struggled with his control.
On Thursday, Britton flashed some of his potential, leading the Baltimore
Orioles to a 5-3 win against the Chicago White Sox.
Britton (4-1) gave up one run on seven hits in a season-high eight innings. He
struck out a career-high 10 without a walk.
Adam Jones set a new career high with his 26th home run of the season, as the
Orioles won for the fifth time in their last six games.
Rookie Jose Quintana (5-3) continued going in the wrong direction for the
White Sox. He surrendered five runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings. Quintana,
who had a 2.04 earned run average in eight starts before the All-Star break,
has a 4.33 ERA in nine starts in the second half.
Alexei Ramirez picked up three hits and drove in a pair of runs for the White
Sox, who lost three of four against the Orioles.
The White Sox jumped in front in the second inning. Alex Rios picked up a
leadoff single. After A.J. Pierzynski grounded into a fielder's choice, Dayan
Viciedo singled. Pierzynski was thrown out at the plate following Ramirez's
base hit, but Gordon Beckham plated Viciedo with a two-out base hit.
Taylor Teagarden delivered the Orioles' first hit with two outs in the third
inning, tying the game with an opposite-field home run over the scoreboard in
right field. Nick Markakis and J.J. Hardy followed by lining back-to-back
doubles to the left-field corner, putting the O's on top, 2-1. Jones launched
a two-run shot deep into the left-field seats to score two more.
Baltimore added to its lead in the fourth inning. Nate McLouth delivered a
leadoff single and scored on Teagarden's two-out double to center field.
Pedro Strop gave up a pair of hits in the ninth before the Orioles turned to
Jim Johnson to record the final two outs. Ramirez sent a two-out single up the
middle to score two, but Johnson struck out Beckham to end the threat and pick
up his 41st save of the season.
Prior to the game, the White Sox purchased the contract of infielder Jose
Lopez, who went 2-for-4 on Thursday, from Triple-A Charlotte, placed catcher
Tyler Flowers on the paternity list, purchased the contract of catcher Hector
Gimenez, transferred pitcher Brian Bruney to the 60-day disabled list and
released pitcher Gregory Infante ... The Orioles finished the season 6-2
against the White Sox ... Britton is 3-0 with a 1.27 ERA (three earned runs in
21 2/3 innings) over his last three starts ... Quintana lost on the road for
the first time ... Chicago went 3-for-11 with runners in scoring position and
stranded six ... Baltimore went 3-for-6 with runners in scoring position and
left four on base.
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