Series: Game 3 of 3

Chi White Sox won 3-0

Game 1: Tuesday, May 13
Chi White Sox1
Game 2: Wednesday, May 14
Chi White Sox5
Game 3: Thursday, May 15
Chi White Sox8

Orioles 2

(18-22, 10-11 away)

White Sox 8

(20-20, 13-9 home)

    8:05 PM ET, May 15, 2003

    U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    W: B. Colon (4-3)

    L: S. Ponson (4-3)

    Chicago 8, Baltimore 2

    CHICAGO (AP) _ For Bartolo Colon the choice was easy. Protecting teammate Magglio Ordonez was more important than getting a complete game. Colon had thrown just 86 pitches and was three outs away from going the distance against the Baltimore Orioles before he was ejected Thursday night for hitting Jerry Hairston with a pitch to start the ninth. It was Colon's response to Baltimore reliever Jorge Julio for plunking Ordonez in the eighth. ``I was in a situation I would like to finish it up, especially when we are up 8-2,'' Colon said after the Chicago White Sox won 8-2 to complete a three-game sweep. ``When we get a guy like Magglio hit again, I've got to protect my teammates. I tried to pitch inside and I hit the guy.'' Plate umpire Terry Craft had warned both dugouts in the eighth after Julio drilled Ordonez _ who hit a three-run triple in Chicago's six-run seventh inning _ with a high pitch in the back. So when Colon hit Hairston in the shoulder with his second pitch of the ninth, the ejection was automatic and his shot at a third complete game was gone. The benches emptied but there were no punches after an angry Hairston put his arms out in anger, took a couple steps toward the mound and asked Colon ``Why, why?'' ``I'm the best player on the team and they always hit the best player,'' Ordonez said. ``They hit me and we have to hit one of them. It's part of the game.'' Hairston didn't exactly see it that way. ``Jorge Julio hasn't pitched in a week and he was a little off. He walked Frank Thomas and Magglio knows that he wasn't trying to hit him,'' Hairston said. ``That was my point. Sometimes you've got to defend yourself. I'm just not going to stand up and take it.'' Julio said he was surprised that Colon hit Hairston. ``Everybody said, `What?''' Julio said. ``I haven't thrown the ball in five days. I didn't have good command of the fastball.'' The victory moved the White Sox back to .500 for the first time in 12 days. The Orioles have lost five straight. Frank Thomas homered, singled and drew a key bases-loaded walk to force in the go-ahead run in the seventh. Colon (4-3) allowed five hits and two runs, walked one and struck out five before he was tossed. White Sox manager Jerry Manuel also was ejected. After order was restored, Kelly Wunsch came in to pitch for the White Sox and got the final three outs. Chicago scored all six of its runs in the seventh with no outs. Willie Harris singled and D'Angelo Jimenez, who couldn't get a bunt down, drew a walk to finish Sidney Ponson (4-3). After reliever B.J. Ryan walked Jose Valentin _ who also failed to bunt _ loading the bases, Willis Roberts walked Thomas on a 3-2 pitch to force in a run that gave Chicago a 3-2 lead. Ordonez then hit a liner to right-center that Melvin Mora dived for but couldn't reach _ in the fifth inning Mora robbed Ordonez of a hit on a similar play _ as all three runners scored. Carlos Lee followed with an RBI single to finish Roberts before Paul Konerko greeted Kerry Ligtenberg with a run-scoring double. Larry Bigbie hit a two-run, opposite-field homer to put the Orioles ahead 2-0 in the second. Chicago got a run back in the bottom half when Joe Crede grounded into a bases-loaded double play as a run scored. The White Sox tied it on Thomas' ninth homer in the third, a liner that just cleared the wall in left-center. Thomas, with four homers in his last seven games, has all solo homers this season.< ^Notes:@ Thomas' homer was his 385th, tying him with Dwight Evans for 42nd on the career list. The run scored was his 1,187th, tying Nellie Fox for second place on the team's career list. Thomas has four career homers off Ponson. ... Baltimore manager Mike Hargrove, whose mother died Monday, missed his fifth straight game. Bench coach Sam Perlozzo said Hargrove could rejoin the team Friday when the Orioles open a three-game series in Baltimore against Tampa Bay. ... The Orioles don't have a complete game this season. ... It was Chicago's first three-game sweep of the Orioles since Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 1998. ... Ponson had a three-game winning streak stopped. ... The six runs were the most allowed in an inning by the Orioles this season. Chicago also had a six-run inning against Cleveland last month.

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