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Koch gets fourth save ... barely

5/3/2004

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Scott Schoeneweis turned in a unique
performance at Camden Yards, and the Chicago White Sox won in a
fashion that has become all too familiar.

Schoeneweis pitched seven innings of two-hit ball, and the
surging White Sox scored three runs in the seventh inning of a 5-4
victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night.

Joe Crede homered for the White Sox, who have won five of six.
Chicago is 10-1 in one-run games this season -- best in the majors.

"We always keep winning, that's all I care, no matter how my
heart is going to be after this season," White Sox manager Ozzie
Guillen said.

Crede's shot tied it at 1 in the sixth, and Chicago went up 4-1
an inning later against Mike DeJean (0-3).

Melvin Mora drove in two runs with a two-out single in the ninth
off Billy Koch, who loaded the bases on three walks. Miguel Tejada,
who also had two RBI, then grounded sharply to short. But Juan
Uribe turned it into a game-ending fielder's choice that gave Koch
his fourth save in five tries.

"That kid made a heck of a play to end the game," Orioles
manager Lee Mazzilli said.

The Orioles finished with six hits, but four of those came after
the White Sox had taken control.

Schoeneweis (3-1) allowed one run, struck out three and walked
three in winning his third straight decision. He came in 0-2 with a
9.55 ERA in nine career appearances at Camden Yards, including a
debacle in 2001, when he allowed 11 runs in four innings as a
member of the Anaheim Angels.

"It's the clich De of you can't go anywhere but up," he said.
"I just feel like I'm a more complete pitcher than I was in the
past coming in here."

He sure looked good against the Orioles, who got only one runner
past second base against the left-hander after taking a 1-0 lead in
the first.

"He did what you have to do. He threw strikes," Baltimore
leadoff hitter Brian Roberts said. "When you make people swing the
bat all night, you're doing the right thing."

The game turned in the seventh, when Uribe led off with a single
and took third on a one-out single by Frank Thomas. Carlos Lee then
hit a slow roller to short, and Tejada threw the ball wide of
second in an effort to begin a double play, allowing Uribe to score
on the error.

"I think he knew it was a do-or-die play right away. The ball
really wasn't hit hard," Mazzilli said.

After an intentional walk and a strikeout, Aaron Rowand drove in
a run with an infield hit, and Sandy Alomar drew a bases-loaded
walk to make it 4-1.

"A dribbler here, a dribbler there," Roberts lamented.

Chicago added an unearned run in the eighth, and Tejada singled
in a run in the bottom half against Cliff Politte.

Orioles starter Kurt Ainsworth allowed one run, five hits and a
season-high five walks in six innings. But his fine effort was
undone by DeJean, who has an 8.38 ERA after giving up runs in five
of his last six stints.

"Hopefully, I can give the fans something to cheer about sooner
than later," said DeJean, signed by Baltimore as a free agent
during the offseason. "It's a long season. If I keep throwing
those kind of pitches, it's going to work out."

The start was delayed 20 minutes by rain, and the first inning
was played in a shower that appeared to impact both teams.

Ainsworth issued three walks in the top of the inning, but
escaped by striking out Ross Gload with the bases loaded.

In the bottom half, Roberts walked and stole two bases without
even drawing a serious throw from Alomar, who appeared stuck in the
gooey sand behind the plate. Roberts scored on a groundout by
Tejada.

Chicago again loaded the bases with two outs in the second
before Magglio Ordonez hit a fly to left.

Crede's fifth homer, on the first pitch of the sixth inning,
extended Chicago's run of games with at least one home run to 14 --
three short of the team record.

Game notes
Chicago stranded 13. ... Orioles C Javy Lopez returned to
the starting lineup after missing two games with a strained muscle
in his right side. He went 0-for-4 and is 5-for-34 in his last
eight games. ... The White Sox extended their run of errorless
innings to 51. They haven't made an error since April 24. ... Uribe
is 13-for-27 in his last seven games.