White Sox 5, Orioles 4
Schoeneweis pitched seven innings of two-hit ball, and the surging White Sox scored three runs in the seventh inning of a 5-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night.
Joe Crede homered for the White Sox, who have won five of six. Chicago is 10-1 in one-run games this season—best in the majors.
“We always keep winning, that’s all I care, no matter how my heart is going to be after this season,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said.
Crede’s shot tied it at 1 in the sixth, and Chicago went up 4-1 an inning later against Mike DeJean (0-3).
Melvin Mora drove in two runs with a two-out single in the ninth off Billy Koch, who loaded the bases on three walks. Miguel Tejada, who also had two RBIs, then grounded sharply to short. But Juan Uribe turned it into a game-ending fielder’s choice that gave Koch his fourth save in five tries.
“That kid made a heck of a play to end the game,” Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli said.
The Orioles finished with six hits, but four of those came after the White Sox had taken control.
Schoeneweis (3-1) allowed one run, struck out three and walked three in winning his third straight decision. He came in 0-2 with a 9.55 ERA in nine career appearances at Camden Yards, including a debacle in 2001, when he allowed 11 runs in four innings as a member of the Anaheim Angels.
“It’s the clich? of you can’t go anywhere but up,” he said. “I just feel like I’m a more complete pitcher than I was in the past coming in here.”
He sure looked good against the Orioles, who got only one runner past second base against the left-hander after taking a 1-0 lead in the first.
“He did what you have to do. He threw strikes,” Baltimore leadoff hitter Brian Roberts said. “When you make people swing the bat all night, you’re doing the right thing.”
The game turned in the seventh, when Uribe led off with a single and took third on a one-out single by Frank Thomas. Carlos Lee then hit a slow roller to short, and Tejada threw the ball wide of second in an effort to begin a double play, allowing Uribe to score on the error.
“I think he knew it was a do-or-die play right away. The ball really wasn’t hit hard,” Mazzilli said.
After an intentional walk and a strikeout, Aaron Rowand drove in a run with an infield hit, and Sandy Alomar drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 4-1.
“A dribbler here, a dribbler there,” Roberts lamented.
Chicago added an unearned run in the eighth, and Tejada singled in a run in the bottom half against Cliff Politte.
Orioles starter Kurt Ainsworth allowed one run, five hits and a season-high five walks in six innings. But his fine effort was undone by DeJean, who has an 8.38 ERA after giving up runs in five of his last six stints.
“Hopefully, I can give the fans something to cheer about sooner than later,” said DeJean, signed by Baltimore as a free agent during the offseason. “It’s a long season. If I keep throwing those kind of pitches, it’s going to work out.”
The start was delayed 20 minutes by rain, and the first inning was played in a shower that appeared to impact both teams.
Ainsworth issued three walks in the top of the inning, but escaped by striking out Ross Gload with the bases loaded.
In the bottom half, Roberts walked and stole two bases without even drawing a serious throw from Alomar, who appeared stuck in the gooey sand behind the plate. Roberts scored on a groundout by Tejada.
Chicago again loaded the bases with two outs in the second before Magglio Ordonez hit a fly to left.
Crede’s fifth homer, on the first pitch of the sixth inning, extended Chicago’s run of games with at least one home run to 14—three short of theteam record.
Chicago stranded 13. … Orioles C Javy Lopez returned to the starting lineup after missing two games with a strained muscle in his right side. He went 0-for-4 and is 5-for-34 in his last eight games. … The White Sox extended their run of errorless innings to 51. They haven’t made an error sinceApril 24. … Uribe is 13-for-27 in his last seven games.