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ChiSox use homers to sock it to O's

July 30, 2005|By DAVID GINSBURG

BALTIMORE - Paul Konerko and Carl Everett each homered and drove in three runs to back a strong pitching performance by Orlando Hernandez, and the Chicago White Sox cruised past the Baltimore Orioles 7-2 Friday night.

During the game, the Orioles traded outfielder Larry Bigbie to the Colorado Rockies for outfielder Eric Byrnes. Bigbie started the game, but was removed after the third inning. In his final at-bat with Baltimore, he struck out.

Konerko put the White Sox up 4-1 with a three-run drive off Erik Bedard (5-3) in the third inning, and Everett made it 6-2 with a two-run shot off Todd Williams in the seventh.

Hernandez (8-3) gave up two runs and seven hits in six innings. The right-hander struck out three and walked none in earning his first win in three starts since returning from a stint on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.

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The victory enabled the White Sox to derive a bit of enjoyment from a day in which they learned that designated hitter Frank Thomas would likely be lost for the season with a foot injury.

Miguel Tejada went 4-for-4 with an RBI for the Orioles, who have lost 11 of 13 to fall to .500 (51-51) for the first time since April 10. Baltimore also dropped a season-high six games behind first-place Boston in the AL East.

Baltimore manager Lee Mazzilli was ejected by third base umpire Mike DiMuro in the first inning for arguing a stolen base call. It was the second time this season he's been thrown out.

Chicago got an unearned run in the first inning. Scott Podsednik walked, went to second on a passed ball and stole third on the play that led to Mazzilli's ejection. Podsednik then trotted home on a sacrifice fly by Everett.

An RBI single by Rafael Palmeiro tied it in the bottom half, but Konerko put the White Sox ahead for good in the third, hitting his team-high 23rd homer following singles by Tadahito Iguchi and Everett.

By the time Bedard got the third out, he had already thrown 94 pitches. The left-hander lasted five innings, allowing three earned runs, five hits and four walks.

In the bottom of the third, Tejada and Palmeiro hit two-out singles before Sammy Sosa sent a high drive to left that veered foul. Hernandez then struck him out on a 3-2 pitch.

Baltimore used successive doubles by Melvin Mora and Tejada to close to 4-2 in the fifth, but Everett's 15th homer, following a single by Iguchi, provided Chicago with a four-run cushion in the seventh.

Iguchi singled in a run in the eighth, his third hit.

Notes: Chicago improved its major league-leading road record to 33-16. ... It was the fifth time this season Tejada had at least four hits in a game. His two doubles increased his AL-leading total to 35.

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