Another gem from Bedard
For the second straight game, Erik Bedard pitched a gem. The left-hander didn't match the 15 strikeouts he recorded in Texas but was still very effective. In the seventh inning, after walking Jim Thome and giving up a double to Paul Konerko, Bedard struck out Jermaine Dye and Josh Fields to escape unscathed. He gave up no runs and three hits in seven innings, striking out seven.
The Orioles got only six hits off White Sox starter Mark Buehrle, but made two of them count. Nick Markakis led off the bottom of the fourth with his 10th home run of the year, his first since June 8. In the fifth inning, Corey Patterson hit a 400-foot shot to right-center field for his third homer of the year.
Markakis was the offensive star for the Orioles. He came into the game hitting .395 in his career against the White Sox and continued his dominance. He reached base in his first three at-bats. After walking in the first, he hit a home run in the fourth and followed up with a single in the sixth. He went 2-for-3 in the game, raising his season average to .282.
The Orioles hope to build on last night's win when they send Daniel Cabrera (6-10, 5.04 ERA) to the mound tonight. Cabrera will look to reverse a personal two-game losing streak, the last coming Sunday in Texas. Chicago will counter with Javier Vazquez, who is 6-5 with a 3.65 ERA.