Jackson dominates Orioles

White Sox keep pace in Central

August 27, 2010

CHICAGO -- Edwin Jackson struck out 10 in eight dominant innings, Alex Rios hit a two-run homer and the Chicago White Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-0 on Thursday night for their first series victory in three weeks.

Jackson allowed three hits and walked two, improving to 2-0 with a sparkling 0.96 ERA in four starts since he was acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 30. The right-hander, who threw a no-hitter on June 25 at Tampa Bay, has struck out 34 in 28 innings with Chicago.

The White Sox ended a streak of five consecutive series losses, winning a set for the first time since they took three of four at Detroit from Aug. 3-5. They had lost seven of their last 10 games and 11 of 16 overall.

Rios finished with three hits and three RBIs for Chicago, which had 12 singles among its 14 hits. Carlos Quentin, Paul Konerko, Alexi Ramirez and Mark Teahen each singled in a run.


Tony Pena got three outs to finish the four-hitter as Baltimore was shut out for the 10th time this season.

Jake Arrieta (4-6) lasted just four innings for the Orioles, yielding four runs and seven hits. The 24-year-old right-hander is 0-3 with a 4.32 ERA in his last three starts.

Now, the White Sox go from the bottom of the AL East to the top, with the New York Yankees coming to town for a three-game series. New York, tied with Tampa Bay for the division lead, is scheduled to send A.J. Burnett to the mound tonight against Freddy Garcia.

The Orioles dropped to 13-10 since Buck Showalter took over as manager on Aug. 3.

Arrieta walked three during a 35-pitch first inning but allowed only one run, on Quentin's single to center. Ramirez left the bases loaded when he hit a fly ball to right on a 3-1 pitch for the final out.

Ramirez bounced back in the third, driving in Konerko with a base hit to make it 3-0. Konerko singled in Rios and moved to second on A.J. Pierzynski's hit before Ramirez came to the plate.

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