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Thursday, April 19, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Orioles 5, White Sox 3

By Scott Powers



CHICAGO -- Here's a quick look at the Chicago White Sox's 5-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field on Thursday.

How it happened: Gavin Floyd became the first White Sox starter this season to allow more than four earned runs. Floyd, who fell to 1-2, gave up five runs in six innings against the Orioles. The Orioles broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning with a RBI sacrifice fly by J.J. Hardy and added a two-run home run by Adam Jones. The White Sox's offense didn't do much to help Floyd either. Timely hitting was again their downfall. The White Sox were unable to capitalize on bases loaded opportunities in the first, third and ninth innings. They also struck out 15 times on the day.

What it means: The White Sox had a chance to expand a 5-3 start to the season with their four-game home series with the Orioles. The Sox squandered that opportunity by dropping three out of the four games. Their bullpen blew the series opener, lack of offense did them in the second game and it was a mixture of things in Thursday's loss. The Sox now go into a six-game West Coast trip with a 6-6 record.

Play of the game: A spectator drew the most attention in the game. Two pitches into the seventh inning, a child ran out onto the field from the third-base-side stands. He wound up getting into left field before White Sox left fielder Dayan Viciedo impeded him, picked him up and handed him over to security.

Outside the box: White Sox catchers A.J. Pierzysnki and Tyler Flowers have been nearly perfect at throwing out base runners this season. The catching combo has thrown out six of seven attempted base stealers. Flowers threw out both Orioles' runners who attempted to steal second base on Thursday.

Up next:The White Sox begin a three-game series in Seattle on Friday. Chris Sale (1-1, 3.09) will start for the White Sox and will be countered by the Mariners' Hector Noesi (1-1, 5.73).