Published April 19, 2012
CHICAGO – Jason Hammel struck out 10 and closer Jim Johnson fanned Alex Rios with the bases loaded Thursday to preserve the Baltimore Orioles' 5-3 win over the Chicago White Sox.
Adam Jones hit his fifth homer of the season and an RBI double. He's gone deep four times in the first seven games of Baltimore's 10-game road trip. The two-run shot in the fifth inning was his first this year with a runner on base.
The game was briefly delayed in the top of the seventh when a young boy who appeared to about 4 or 5 years old slipped through a barricade and went running across the outfield. With the crowd laughing, White Sox left fielder Dayan Viciedo scooped him up and handed him over to a security guard.
Hammel (2-0) matched a career high for strikeouts, doing it in just six innings. He worked out of trouble early, leaving the bases loaded in the first and third.
Johnson earned his sixth save. He has converted 14 straight chances dating to last season.
Hammel bested Gavin Floyd (1-2), who allowed five runs and six hits in six innings.
Adam Dunn had a walk, an RBI double and scored for Chicago. He extended his streak of getting on base to six appearances before striking out his next two times up, increasing his AL-high total to 21.
Dunn singled with two outs in the ninth, moving pinch-runner Brent Morel to third, and Paul Konerko was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Rios struck out looking to end the game.
The Orioles won three of four from Chicago and have won their first two road series of the season, including two of three at Toronto last weekend. Baltimore won just five road series last season.
Jones doubled during a two-run first. In the fifth, after J.J. Hardy's sacrifice fly broke a 2-all tie, Jones hit a full-count fastball from Floyd into the left-field seats.
Hammel allowed doubles to Alejandro De Aza and Dunn in the third. Rios' single made it 2-all and Alexei Ramirez walked to load the bases. Hammel recovered to strike out Viciedo and Tyler Flowers, preserving the tie.
Viciedo struck out three times and grounded into a double play in the contest.
Endy Chavez reached bases three times and scored two runs for Baltimore.
NOTES: The White Sox announced a paid attendance of 11,836. All four games against the Orioles drew fewer fans than any game at U.S. Cellular Field last season. The series drew a total of just 50,653. ... Orioles LF Nolan Reimold was held out of the starting lineup because of a stiff neck. Reimold, who is hitting .378 during a nine-game hitting streak, is expected to return to the lineup on Friday when Baltimore begins a three-game series against the Angels.... Baltimore's Nick Johnson went hitless in four at-bats and is 0 for 20 for the season, the most hitless at-bats in the majors.