Orioles 5, White Sox 3: Zach Britton struck out a career-high 10 over a season-high eight innings and Adam Jones and Taylor Teagarden homered and drove in two runs apiece as host Baltimore took three of four from Chicago.
J.J. Hardy added an RBI double during a four-run third inning for the Orioles, who pulled within three games of American East-leading New York heading into this weekend's three-game series versus the Yankees. Baltimore remained one full game behind Oakland for the top-wild card spot after the Athletics posted a 12-7 triumph over the slumping Cleveland Indians.
After the Orioles claimed a 2-1 lead following Hardy's double, Jones capped the third-inning onslaught by clearing the first section of seats beyond the left-field wall for his career-high 26th homer. Jones, who had 25 blasts last season, has belted two homers in his last three games.
The offense proved more than enough for Britton (4-1), who allowed one run on seven hits and did not walk a batter. Despite the stellar showing, Britton was optioned back to Triple-A Norfolk after the contest to make room for left-hander Randy Wolf, who was signed on Thursday.
Jim Johnson yielded a two-run single to Alexei Ramirez before finishing the ninth inning for his major league-leading 41st save.
Gordon Beckham had an RBI single and Alex Rios and Jose Lopez had a pair of hits for the White Sox, who fell for the sixth time in eight meetings with the Orioles.
Rookie Jose Quintana (5-3) yielded five runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings to take the loss.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Teagarden was making his 10th start of the season. ... Chicago C A.J. Pierzynski, who went 0-for-3, has been held hitless in his last 17 at-bats. ...The White Sox recalled Lopez from Triple-A Charlotte and placed backup C Tyler Flowers on the paternity leave list. Chicago also purchased the contract of C Hector Gimenez from Charlotte and transferred RHP Brian Bruney to the 60-day disabled list. ... Chicago begins a pivotal three-game series with AL Central rival Detroit on Friday.