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Monday, May 2, 2011
Rapid Reaction: White Sox 6, Orioles 2

By Doug Padilla

CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox delivered a little offense on Monday and were just one out from recording a shutout in a 6-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles that ended a five-game losing streak.

How it happened: Mark Buehrle wasn’t sharp, he just made the pitches when he needed to. He didn’t give up a run over 6 2/3 innings despite allowing eight hits and four walks. The White Sox also delivered a rare power show as Paul Konerko hit two home runs and Alex Rios added another. Derrek Lee's two-run home run off Chris Sale with two outs in the ninth inning ended the shutout bid. Sergio Santos came in after Sale struggled to get the save.

What it means: It’s far too early to say the White Sox’s struggles are a thing of the past. They looked like they might break free when they erupted for a 9-2 win in Tampa Bay on the last road trip, but nothing more came of it. Then they won back-to-back games in New York before promptly starting another losing streak. Two games against the struggling Minnesota Twins on Tuesday and Wednesday could help them get on a rare win streak.

Stat of the game: It was the 29th career multi-homer game for Konerko and his second this season.

Up next: White Sox right-hander Edwin Jackson (2-3, 5.86 ERA) will start Tuesday’s opener in a brief two-game series against the Twins. Minnesota will counter with left-hander Francisco Liriano (1-4, 9.13) in the 7:10 p.m. start at U.S. Cellular Field.