Burres pitches eight shutout innings in first game of double-header

CHICAGO (AP) -- About 15 hours after his start was rained out, Brian Burres jumped back on the mound for the Baltimore Orioles and pitched one of the best games of his career.

The quick turnaround didn't faze Burres, who pitched eight shutout innings, allowing three singles, as the Orioles beat the White Sox 5-1 Saturday in the opener of a split doubleheader.

"I actually felt really good. I felt just as good as I did yesterday, and I was glad that I did," said Burres, who faced only one batter Friday night before it began to rain and the game eventually was postponed. "That kind of thing happened to me a couple times in the minor leagues and it never really bothered me."

Burres (3-1) was plenty sharp, giving up singles to Jim Thome in the first, Carlos Quentin in the second and Toby Hall in the sixth.

Winning a pitcher's duel against Chicago southpaw John Danks, Burres retired 20 of the final 21 batters he faced. He walked none and struck out four in his 98-pitch performance, running his scoreless streak to 13 2/3 innings. The eight innings marked the longest outing of his career.

"I was just trying to concentrate on what I had to do and keep them from scoring," Burres said. "We've been pretty good about scoring runs, so I was just waiting for us to score."

Danks (2-2) pitched perfect ball for the first five innings before Adam Jones singled to left leading off the sixth. Guillermo Quiroz followed with his first major league homer, snapping Danks' scoreless streak at 19 2-3 innings and putting the Orioles ahead 2-0.

Danks lasted 6 1/3 innings, giving up four hits and the two runs.

"Jones hit a good pitch to get on base and I didn't make a good pitch to Quiroz and obviously big league hitters can hit it out," Danks said. "But Burres outpitched me today. I felt like I threw the ball well, but he was better."

The pitch to Quiroz was a changeup that Danks called "probably the worst pitch I threw of the game. ... It was pretty much the perfect BP pitch."

Quiroz was just glad to get his first major league homer.

"It's amazing and it came in a really good situation in the game," he said.

The Orioles added three runs in the top of the ninth off Octavio Dotel, the big hit a two-out RBI double by Brian Roberts off the glove of Chicago center fielder Alexei Ramirez. The White Sox had two errors in the inning, one on first baseman Paul Konerko for fumbling a grounder and one on Dotel for an errant pickoff throw.

Orioles reliever Matt Albers started the ninth, but the White Sox loaded the bases on two singles and a walk. George Sherrill then hit Quentin with a pitch to force in a run before retiring Joe Crede on a fly to right to earn his ninth save in nine chances.

Chicago lefty Mark Buehrle, who threw six pitches in the first inning Friday night, was not supposed to start again until Monday. But he convinced manager Ozzie Guillen he could go Saturday and will start the second game of the split doubleheader.

"I told them I feel fine so let me out there," Buehrle said.

Guillen, after consulting the team's medical staff, trainer, pitching coach Don Cooper and GM Ken Williams, decided to let Buehrle pitch. Reliever Nick Masset was supposed to start the second game.

Game notes
Burres' previous longest outing was 7 2/3 innings against the Angels last season. ... In his previous start against the White Sox last July 5 at U.S. Cellular Field, Burres gave up six hits and seven earned runs in 1 1/3 innings. ... The Orioles have already had three rainouts this season.