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American League Game Summary - Chicago at Baltimore

(Thursday, April 24th)

Final Score: Baltimore 5, Chicago 4

Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Gary Matthews Jr. belted a two-run homer to cap a three-run seventh inning, as the Baltimore Orioles edged the Chicago White Sox, 5-4, at Camden Yards.

Melvin Mora finished 3-for-4 with a home run and scored twice for Baltimore, which won its second straight game and seventh in its last nine contests.

Willis Roberts (2-1) earned the win in relief for Baltimore, which took two of three in this series and is now over .500 (11-10) for the first time since opening day. Roberts threw just 1 1/3 innings. He did not allow a run, gave up just one hit and struck out one batter.

Matthews went 2-for-4 with two runs in the victory and Deivi Cruz also homered. Jorge Julio pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his sixth save of the season.

D'Angelo Jimenez finished 2-for-4 and Jose Valentin hit a two-run homer for the White Sox, who have lost four of their last five.

Tom Gordon (1-2) suffered the loss after hurling just two-thirds of an inning and allowing one run on one hit with one strikeout.

The Orioles erased a 4-2 deficit and took the lead for good in the bottom of the seventh. With reliever Rick White in to pitch, Cruz led off the frame with a home run to left. Mora then doubled to chase White in favor of Gordon, who got Jose Leon to strike out before giving up the two-run homer to Matthews.

Chicago took the lead with two runs in the third. Jimenez singled to right leading off and Valentin followed with his fifth homer of the year into the seats in right field to put Chicago up 4-2.

The Orioles scored early in the contest when Mora led off the bottom of the first inning with a solo home run, his third of the season, to right field. Matthews soon after tripled to deep right, then scored on a Jeff Conine sacrifice fly to left field.

The White Sox evened the contest in the top of the second. Paul Konerko led off with a ground-rule double to right-center and scored on another ground- rule double by Carlos Lee. Lee advanced to third on a bunt by Armando Rios before coming home on Joe Crede's sacrifice fly to center.

Game Notes

Mike Hargrove, although expected to, did not return to manage the Orioles. He stayed in Texas to be with his ailing mother. Sam Perlozzo again served as manager in the O's dugout...Seven of the nine Chicago starters notched hits, including Konerko, who extended his hitting streak to six games...Mora lengthened his to five straight games...Josh Stewart started for the White Sox and lasted five innings. He gave up two runs on four hits to go along with four walks and a strikeout...Rodrigo Lopez went six frames in the start for Baltimore. He allowed four runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out three.

04/24 22:21:10 ET

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