Final

Series: Game 4 of 4

Series tied 2-2 (as of 5/15)

Game 1: Thursday, May 12
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Game 2: Friday, May 13
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Game 3: Saturday, May 14
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Game 4: Sunday, May 15
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Orioles 6

(24-13, 11-4 away)

White Sox 2

(27-11, 13-5 home)

    3:05 PM ET, May 15, 2005

    U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    W: E. Bedard (4-1)

    L: J. Contreras (1-1)

    Chicago's lead streak snapped at record 37 games

    CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago White Sox did not lead for the first time this season, thanks to two very unlikely sluggers.

    Sal Fasano and David Newhan hit their first home runs of the season and both drove in two runs in the Baltimore Orioles' 6-2 victory over the White Sox on Sunday.

    Chicago set a major-league record by having a lead in 37 straight games to begin a season. That also tied the 1934 Yankees and 1942 Cardinals for the third-longest overall streak with a lead.

    "The only streak I care about is the winning streak and the losing streak," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "It was nice to be in the book and it was a nice run. Hopefully, we'll start another one."

    The Orioles used seven strong innings from Erik Bedard and two RBI apiece from Fasano and Newhan to build a 4-0 lead en route to a split of the four-game series between division leaders.

    "It's a hell of a thing," Jermaine Dye said of the streak. "But that's not something as players in the clubhouse that we think about. We just want to win series."

    Fasano, a suburban Chicago native, led off the third with a homer in his first major-league at-bat since September 2002, when he was with the Angels. It was his first home run since Sept. 6, 2001, when he was with the Rockies.

    "My immediate family came," Fasano said. "Hitting a home run is always a bonus. A win and a home run, so it's a good day."

    The well-traveled 33-year-old catcher was just called up from Triple-A Ottawa on Wednesday and added an RBI single in the seventh, going 2-for-4.

    "He can still contribute," Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli said. "That's the key."

    Newhan came into the game hitting .156 (5-for-32) with one RBI. He homered leading off the sixth and added a sacrifice fly in the seventh.

    "Like the fans out in left field tell me, even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and again," Newhan said. "He made a bad pitch, left a splitter up there and I was able to hit it on the barrel."

    The White Sox were hitless from the second inning until the seventh, when Carl Everett and Dye hit back-to-back solo homers.

    Tadahito Iguchi hit into double plays in the first and third innings. Chicago had four baserunners from the second through sixth.

    Bedard (4-1) won his fourth straight decision, giving up five hits, including the two homers, in seven-plus innings. He was pulled in the eighth after giving up a leadoff single to Scott Podsednik.

    "Bedard was strong today and tremendous," Mazzilli said. "He was throwing strikes and getting his curveball over."

    Jose Contreras (1-1) allowed five runs and seven hits, walked one and struck out four in 6 1/3 innings.

    "Today is one of the best I've seen him throw," Guillen said. "He threw strikes, he was attacking people, he was quicker. But he just left two pitches up for home runs. Besides that, he threw the ball real well."

    Jay Gibbons hit a ground-rule double in the seventh when a security guard mistakenly grabbed his hit after it bounced into foul territory in right field. Fasano then scored Gibbons on a hard-hit single off the pitcher's mound.

    Contreras was pulled after walking Jeff Fiorentino, and Neal Cotts loaded the bases with one out by hitting Brian Roberts. Newhan made it 4-0 with his sacrifice fly.

    Melvin Mora reached on an error by Joe Crede to reload the bases and Luis Vizcaino gave up an RBI single to Miguel Tejada, but Juan Uribe threw out Roberts at the plate from shortstop to end the inning.

    Keith Reed got his first career hit in the eighth, scoring Rafael Palmeiro from third on a bloop single to make it 6-2.

    Game notes


    Palmeiro's double in the eighth was the 578th of his career, tying him with Wade Boggs for 14th all-time. ... Sammy Sosa, who is on the 15-day DL with an abscess and staph infection on his left foot, will begin hitting on Wednesday, Mazzilli said before the game. "If he's going to hit, that's a good sign," Mazzilli said. ... Fasano only had one at-bat in two games in 2002. After a year out of baseball, he hit .299 for the Yankees' Triple-A club last season. ... Newhan's last home run came on Sept. 22, 2004, at Boston. ... Podsednik stole his 23rd base in the eighth and has nine steals in his last 12 games. ... The Orioles are 24-0 when leading after the eighth. ... Aaron Rowand has a nine-game hitting streak.

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