Rapid Reaction: White Sox 4, Orioles 3

August, 9, 2011
8/09/11
8:50
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
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BALTIMORE -- The winning continued as the White Sox took down the Orioles 4-3 on Tuesday and are two wins away from a perfect road trip.

How it happened: Credit the bullpen for locking down this victory after Gavin Floyd and the offense did just enough. Home runs from Brent Morel and Carlos Quentin helped the White Sox to a 4-0 lead after four innings. Floyd bent in a three-run Orioles fifth, but didn’t break. Will Ohman closed out the seventh, while Jason Frasor, Chris Sale and Sergio Santos handled the last two innings, with Santos getting his 24th save.

What it means: It doesn’t matter how they look, the wins keep coming for the White Sox who are now on a season-long five-game winning streak. It’s worth noting, though, that the Orioles have put up a major fight despite entering with the worst record in the American League at 44-68. Phil Humber, who was on the mound the last time the White Sox lost a game, will pitch for the White Sox on Wednesday.

Outside the box: Morel delivered just his second home run in 81 games and his first since May 17. He had three home runs last season in 21 games.

Up next: White Sox right-hander Phil Humber (8-8, 3.56 ERA) will take the mound Wednesday in the third game of the four-game series. He will be opposed by Orioles right-hander Tommy Hunter (1-2, 4.43) in the 6:05 p.m. game from Camden Yards.

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

BA LEADER
Jose Abreu
BA HR RBI R
.319 35 104 77
OTHER LEADERS
HRJ. Abreu 35
RBIJ. Abreu 104
RA. Ramirez 79
OPSJ. Abreu .979
WC. Sale 12
ERAC. Sale 2.20
SOC. Sale 198