Thursday, April 17, 2008

Orioles Rally Past White Sox

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles never led until it mattered most on Thursday night, when they came back against one of the league's best closers and completed their rally with a key run in the 10th inning. Baltimore scored twice to tie the game against Chicago closer Bobby Jenks in the ninth and took a 6-5 win on an Adam Jones single in the 10th.

The late heroics gave the Orioles their second win this season when trailing after eight innings. Last year, Baltimore went 4-87 in those circumstances. Chicago had been 9-0 when leading after eight innings and went 59-6 last year. Brian Roberts and Melvin each knocked in a run in the ninth, and George Sherrill locked down the 10th for the win.

Baltimore starter Jeremy Guthrie was fortunate to escape with his third straight no-decision. The White Sox (9-6) took the game's first lead in the second inning, and after the Orioles (9-7) tied it in the sixth, Guthrie allowed two home runs in a three-pitch span to sink the home team behind again.

Carlos Quentin and Joe Crede went back-to-back for Chicago in the seventh, and Quentin came back for another solo shot in the eighth. The Orioles managed to scratch out a run in the bottom of the eighth, setting up their climactic comeback. Baltimore had lost two straight games and six of its last eight before coming back against Jenks and the White Sox.


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