Loaiza Improves to 4-0 with 3-1 Win

Esteban Loaiza had another dominating start and Magglio Ordonez extended his hitting streak to 18 as the White Sox beat the Orioles 3-1 Tuesday night in Baltimore.

Loaiza gave up one run in 8 1/3 innings, leaving after giving up a home run to Jay Gibbons with one out in the ninth. Billy Koch came in to record the final two outs and pick up the save.

Loaiza struck out eight Orioles in the game, giving him 27 on the season and 19 in his last two starts. Loaiza, who is now 4-0 in four starts, has a 1.24 ERA this season

Frank Thomas hit a first-inning home run off Orioles' starter Sidney Ponson to give the Sox an early 1-0 lead. Thomas went 2-4 in the game.

The only threat on Loaiza came in the third with two men on and two outs. BJ Surhoff reached on an infield single to second to D'Angelo Jimenez, who was slow to make the play, allowing Surhoff to beat the throw. Jeff Conine grounded out to end the inning.

Loaiza gave up just one more hit till the home run in the ninth, and allowed two baserunners, one coming through a Jose Valentin error at short.

The Sox added a second run in the fifth with a Joe Crede double, scoring Carlos Lee. Lee went 1-4, but didn't homer, breaking his five-game home run streak. Lee reached on a single and stole second base in the inning.

The Sox added an insurance run in the ninth, coming off a Paul Konerko single. Tony Graffanino, who pinch ran for Thomas earlier in the inning, scored on the play. Konerko went 1-4.

Loaiza was pulled after 101 pitches for Koch, who gave up two deep fly balls for outs, picking up his third save of the season.

Crede went 2-3, while Aaron Rowand and Miguel Olivo both went 0-3. Jimenez and Valentin went a combined 0-7 at the top of the order.

Game two of the three-game set will be played on Wednesday at 6:05 p.m. CT, with Bartolo Colon going up against Jason Johnson.


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