White Sox 3, Orioles 2

Brian Hedger, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange


CHICAGO -- It didn't do anything to get Jose Quintana a victory, but Adam Dunn's towering home run to left-center field in the bottom of the ninth inning did win a series for the Chicago White Sox on Thursday afternoon.
Dunn launched his 23rd homer of the season with one out in the ninth off Tommy Hunter to beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 and take the three-game series -- Chicago's first home series win since sweeping the Miami Marlins on May 24-26.
Quintana, meanwhile, had a dominant start ruined the inning after he left when Baltimore scored twice in the eighth off White Sox reliever Nate Jones. Quintana was looking for his first win since May 21 but instead took a seventh straight no-decision after the Orioles got to Jones -- who was 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA and 21 strikeouts in his previous 13 appearances.
Jones' troubles started with a walk to Brian Roberts to lead off the eighth, followed by Nate McLouth's double to right field to put the tying run in scoring position with no outs. After second baseman Gordon Beckham made a great leaping grab on Chris Dickerson's line drive for the first out, the Orioles scratched out the tying runs on a ground ball to first by Matt Wieters and a sacrifice fly that scored McLouth for a 2-2 tie.
The Orioles only threatened to score against Quintana in the first inning, when a bunt single by Manny Machado was followed by a walk to Adam Jones with one out. Chris Davis, the hottest hitter in the majors, then hit a shot up the middle, but it was caught by Ramirez -- who stepped on second for an inning-ending double play.
Quintana really got into a good groove in the third -- when he struck out the first two hitters of the inning. He proceeded to strike out the side in the fourth, set down the Orioles in order in the fifth and again struck out the side in the sixth to set his career high with nine strikeouts to that point.
The Sox offense finally cracked the ice against Zach Britton in the bottom of the sixth for two runs, highlighted by Alexei Ramirez's leadoff double and the run-scoring singles by Alex Rios and Dunn.
Quintana added his last two strikeouts in a scoreless seventh before giving way to the White Sox bullpen after 112 pitches.
Britton was also solid for the Orioles. He also took a no-decision after seven solid innings. Britton didn't strikeout as many as Quintana, fanning just three, but he allowed only the two runs in the sixth and worked around six hits.
NOTES: White Sox RHP Jake Peavy, who's on the 15-day disabled list with a broken rib, is scheduled to throw his second bullpen session on Saturday since going down with the injury in June. ... The White Sox will embark on a nine-game road trip split up by a makeup game at home against the Chicago Cubs on Monday. ... Baltimore is close to getting RHP Wei-Yin Chen back in the starting rotation after a left oblique strain. Chen was slated to throw his second, and final, rehab start on Thursday night for Doubvle-A Bowie and then drive to New York to meet the Orioles for a weekend series against the Yankees.

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