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White Sox beat Orioles 7-6 for 4th straight win

By David Ginsburg

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Aug. 8 2011 7:55 p.m. MDT

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie throws to the Chicago White Sox in the first inning of a baseball game in Baltimore, Monday, Aug. 8, 2011.

Patrick Semansky, Associated Press

BALTIMORE — A.J. Pierzynski homered and drove in three runs, Alex Rios singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-6 on Monday night for their fourth straight victory.

Gordon Beckham also connected for the White Sox, who blew a four-run lead before rallying to secure their season-high sixth consecutive win on the road. Third-place Chicago moved within five games of the lead in the AL Central.

After J.J. Hardy hit a three-run homer in the seventh off Jesse Crain (6-3) to put Baltimore up 6-5, the White Sox regained the lead against Jim Johnson (5-4). Paul Konerko walked, Carlos Quentin singled and Pierzynski hit a sacrifice fly to tie it. Rios then singled to score Quentin.

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