Chicago (15-9) at Baltimore (12-10)

Partly Cloudy Currently: Baltimore, MD
Temp: 71° F
  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Mon May 3, 2004
  • TV: ESPN2, CSN
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The Chicago White Sox have homered in 13 straight games.

They’ll look to continue that power surge when they open a three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards.

Frank Thomas hit his fifth home run of the season Sunday to lead the White Sox to a 3-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. Chicago leads the American League with 37 homers.

Starter Jon Garland allowed just two runs over seven innings, and Willie Harris went 2-for-3 with an RBI, as the White Sox won for the fourth time in five games.

“I thought today was the best game we played all year,” Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. “We made the right plays at the right time.”

The White Sox will look for another strong performance when they face Baltimore starter Kurt Ainsworth.

The 25-year-old right-hander has not earned a decision in any of his past three starts, but had perhaps his strongest start of the season on Wednesday.

Ainsworth allowed one run and four hits over five innings, but he did not get a decision in the Orioles’ 3-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

“He could have went out for another inning, but his shoulder was sore after his last start and I didn’t want to push it,” Baltimore manager Lee Mazzilli said.

The Orioles had lost two straight before the finale of their three-game series against the Cleveland Indians was rained out Sunday.

Baltimore, which lost to Cleveland 3-2 in 13 innings Saturday, has had four games rescheduled due to rain this season, but Mazzilli said his team was glad to have the day off.

Mazzilli is also hopeful that catcher Javy Lopez will be able to play in this game. Lopez, batting .358 with three homers and 14 RBIs, has missed two games with a pulled muscle in his right side.

“We get a little break there in the pen and hopefully we will get Javy back tomorrow, too,” Mazzilli said.

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S. Schoeneweis Bos vs. K. Ainsworth LAD
6-9 Record 0-1
5.59 ERA 9.68
69 K 20
49 BB 20
1.58 WHIP 1.92