CHICAGO — Anyone suggesting the Orioles would leave Chicago winning five of the first seven games of their 10-game road trip would be deemed optimistic, but Baltimore’s play away from Camden Yards over the past week has the Orioles (8-5) sitting pretty atop the American League East.
Adam Jones homered and drove in three runs and Jason Hammel tied a career-high with 10 strikeouts while holding Chicago to two runs and six hits over six innings in a 5-3 victory over the White Sox on Thursday afternoon.
“It’s still early in the season, but this is what we prepared for in spring training, working hard,” said Hammel (2-0), who has allowed just five earned runs in 19 innings for a 2.37 earned-run average in three starts.
Jones’s two-run homer off Severna Park native Gavin Floyd (1-2) was part of a three-run Orioles fifth. Robert Andino, who had two hits, led off the inning with a triple. After Endy Chavez was hit by a pitch, Andino scored on J.J. Hardy’s sacrifice fly two batters latter. Jones then took a full-count curveball well over the left-center field fence for his fifth home run.
After Matt Lindstrom tossed a scoreless seventh, the White Sox tacked on a run against Pedro Strop, who allowed a leadoff walk to Paul Konerko and then a run-scoring double by Rios.
But Strop settled down after than, striking out Dayan Viciedo looking and Flowers swinging.
Closer Jim Johnson loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth, but he recovered by striking out Alex Rios looking to end the game for his sixth save. Johnson has yet to allow an earned run this season.