CHICAGO (AP) -- Jon Garland, facing a big start, got an early
lead and set down Baltimore with ease.
Paul Konerko hit a three-run homer and matched his career high
with five RBI, and Garland rebounded from two poor starts to pitch
seven strong innings Monday and lead the Chicago White Sox over the
Orioles 13-4. "I wanted to show my teammates that I belong here," said
Garland, who had allowed 16 hits and six walks in 9 1/3 innings
coming in. "The only pressure I had was on myself." Chicago leadoff hitter Kenny Lofton went 2-for-2 with three runs
scored, two RBIs and a stolen base, and Ray Durham had two hits and
drove in three runs for Chicago, which built a 13-0 lead as it won
for the fifth time in six games. Garland (1-1) allowed only two hits -- both didn't get out of the
infield -- in the first six innings and didn't look like the pitcher
who had an 8.68 ERA in his previous two starts.
"It relaxed me, but I was looking at it like an 0-0 game,"
Garland said. He retired his first eight batters and 17 of his first 18,
allowing few balls to be hit hard. Garland wound up allowing three
runs -- two earned -- and five hits with five strikeouts and no
walks. "I hope Jon's past the stage where he's inconsistent," White
Sox manager Jerry Manuel said. "Anytime he has success at the
major league level, he gets more confidence." Jason Johnson (0-3) lost his ninth straight decision since Aug.
6, giving up six runs, six hits and three walks in 1 1/3 innings.
Baltimore has lost three of four, dropping to 3-9. "They told me I was throwing 86-90 (mph). I usually throw
90-96. Big difference," Johnson said. "I have a dead arm.
Hopefully, it will take only four or five days' rest." Lofton led off the first with a single, and his speed seemed to
distract Johnson and catcher Geronimo Gil. After drawing several
throws to first, Lofton stole second and, one out later, took third
on a passed ball as Frank Thomas walked. Konerko hit an RBI single to score Lofton, whose 16 runs lead
the AL. A walk to Lofton loaded the bases in the second, and Durham's
two-run single made it 3-0. After another walk, Konerko singled
home another run and Carlos Lee greeted Chris Brock's first pitch
with a two-run double for a 6-0 lead. Lofton got on for the third time with a two-run double in the
third. Frank Thomas grounded into a double play off B.J. Ryan as
Lofton scored, making it 9-0. Durham hit an RBI groundout, and Konerko hit his first homer of
the season. After a pair of sharp singles in the seventh, Tony Batista ended
the shutout with a two-run double. Gary Matthews Jr.'s sacrifice
fly made it 13-3, and Jay Gibbons homered in the ninth. Lofton was not too excited about his effort, and Konerko
"Kenny doesn't make a big deal out of anything he does well
because he's confident and expects to do well," Konerko said.
"It's no big deal for him to go out and do what he does. It's just
Lofton, who got shaken up but remained in the game after
his first-inning steal, was pinch hit for in the fifth. Afterward,
Lofton said he was fine. Lofton, who has scored at least once in
every game except for opening day, is batting .684 (13-for-19) in
his last five games. ... Orioles SS Mike Moriarty hit an infield
single in the third for his first major league hit. ... Brock said
he felt tightness in the back of his shoulder and will be examined