Series: Game 3 of 4

Chi White Sox leads 3-0 (as of 7/31)

Game 1: Friday, July 29
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Game 2: Saturday, July 30
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Game 3: Sunday, July 31
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Game 4: Monday, August 1
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White Sox 9

(68-35, 35-16 away)

Orioles 4

(51-53, 28-26 home)

8:05 PM ET, July 31, 2005

Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland 

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W: F. Garcia (11-4)

L: R. Lopez (9-6)

O's fall two games under .500

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Before he threw his first pitch of the game, Freddy Garcia had enough run support to end his victory drought against the Baltimore Orioles.

Jermaine Dye and Joe Crede had two RBI apiece in a five-run first inning, helping Garcia earn his first win against Baltimore in three years and start the Chicago White Sox on their way to a 9-4 rout Sunday night.

After building an 8-1 lead in the second inning, the White Sox had little difficulty dispatching the free-falling Orioles, who have lost 11 of 12 to dip two games under .500 (51-53) for the first time this season.

"You have to stay positive," Baltimore manager Lee Mazzilli said. "This too shall pass."

Garcia (11-4) gave up three earned runs and 10 hits in seven innings. The right-hander is 9-1 on the road and 8-1 overall since losing at home to the Orioles on May 14.

Garcia was 3-6 lifetime against Baltimore and 0-4 with a 5.54 ERA in his last four starts against the Orioles since beating them with Seattle at home on May 24, 2002.

It was so long ago, Garcia couldn't even recall it.

"I think the only time I beat them is here. I don't remember the last time I beat them at home," he said. "I never beat them in Seattle or Chicago. I think all three games was here."

Juan Uribe had three hits and Dye drove in three runs to help Chicago improve the major leagues' best record to 68-35.

Afterward, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen launched an expletive-laced tirade against Baltimore reliever Todd Williams, who hit Tadahito Iguchi with a pitch in the third inning. Iguchi left with a bruised hip.

"That's unnecessary. That's not baseball. This is big league, this is not little league," Guillen said. "These people have to respect players. That's [bad] what they did. ... If they told me they don't hit him, they're [lying]. They did it, too. On purpose."

Iguchi, however, said through an interpreter, "It's something that happens. When it comes it comes. I wasn't thinking too much about it."

Earlier Sunday, the White Sox acquired utility infielder Geoff Blum from the San Diego Padres for minor-league pitcher Ryan Meaux. The switch-hitting Blum is expected to join the team Monday, when Chicago will seek to complete a four-game sweep.

Brian Roberts and Eric Byrnes homered for Baltimore, 2-12 since July 15. The skid has dropped the Orioles into fourth place in the AL East, eight games behind division-leading Boston and seven in back of Oakland in the wild-card race.

Mazzilli held a brief team meeting before the game in an effort to encourage his players to keep trying hard to break the slump.

"I said, 'It's tough to see the light at the end of the tunnel, but you guys are still scratching and crawling all the way up there to see it,'" he said.

Chicago took control in the first inning against Rodrigo Lopez (9-6), who gave up four hits, walked two and hit a batter while throwing 44 pitches. With the bases loaded and two outs, Dye hit a two-run single and Crede doubled in two runs before Uribe capped the uprising with an RBI single. Leadoff hitter Timo Perez made the first and final outs.

Baltimore scored an unearned run in the bottom half, but the White Sox made it 8-1 in the second. Iguchi drew a leadoff walk and scored on a double by Paul Konerko before Aaron Rowand and Dye hit RBI singles to chase Lopez, who left to a chorus of jeers.

"It was one of those nights," Lopez said. "You're trying to hit your spots, and the last thing I wanted is to go 1 1/3. But they're good. You're even more frustrated when you feel you let your team down. It was one of my worst starts of my career."

Chicago added a run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Perez.

Sammy Sosa, who was booed by many in the crowd of 31,982 after striking out in his first two at-bats, singled in a run in the Baltimore sixth.

Roberts and Byrnes hit successive homers in the seventh. It was Byrnes' first home run with Baltimore since arriving Saturday after being traded from Colorado.

Game notes

Orioles center fielder Luis Matos was a late scratch with a sore right thumb. ... Chicago has outscored the opposition 87-43 in the first inning this season. ... The White Sox improved to 5-2 against Baltimore, the sixth straight year they've won the season series.

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