Rapid Reaction: Orioles 6, White Sox 4

May, 1, 2011
5/01/11
4:16
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox's troubles continued on Sunday with a 6-4 defeat to the Baltimore Orioles. They have lost five consecutive and 15 of their last 18.

How it happened: Gavin Floyd couldn’t prevent the big inning and the White Sox’s offense was ill-equipped to cover for it. Floyd gave up a solo home run to Mark Reynolds and a three-run double to Nick Markakis in a five-run fifth inning for the Orioles. The White Sox scored three runs after the sixth inning, only to see a ninth-inning rally fall short when both Paul Konerko and Alex Rios were called out on strikes.

What it means: After their franchise record 18 defeats in the month of April, the White Sox started May right where they left off. The lack of a clutch hit continues to be a problem. Down five runs in the seventh inning, the White Sox loaded the bases with one out but scored just one run. Adam Dunn's pinch-hit home run in the eighth inning was a sign of hope for a club that is desperate for the big man to deliver.

Fact of the day: The White Sox have now lost seven consecutive games at home after winning four of their first six.

Up next: White Sox left-hander Mark Buehrle (1-3, 5.12 ERA) pitches in the finale of the four-game homestand on Monday. Orioles right-hander Jeremy Guthrie (1-3, 2.53) is Buehrle's opponent in the 7:10 p.m. start at U.S. Cellular Field.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
John Danks
WINS ERA SO IP
8 3.99 83 119
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Abreu .292
HRJ. Abreu 29
RBIJ. Abreu 73
RJ. Abreu 49
OPSJ. Abreu .972
ERAC. Sale 2.08
SOJ. Quintana 107