- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 16, 2000

BALTIMORE It was age vs. youth last night at Camden Yards: the old Baltimore Orioles against the young version.

Chalk one up for the old guys.

In a 14-4 win by the Chicago White Sox before a crowd of 37,707, the Orioles' past came back to haunt them in the form of 41-year-old Harold Baines, one of the veterans traded two weeks ago in the club's fire sale.

Baines drove in five runs with a three-run home run and a two-run double to lead the offensive attack for Chicago (71-48), and slugger Frank Thomas matched that run production with five RBI, including a two-run home run.

Meanwhile, the future of the Orioles (52-66) in this case, 26-year-old Jason Johnson pitched his way into the team's record books last night.

The 12 runs scored against Johnson (1-9) equaled the number allowed by Scott Erickson on July 6, 1997, in a 14-9 loss to the Detroit Tigers. And 10 of the runs Johnson surrendered were earned, tying him for the second-highest total with Scott McGregor on April 8, 1978, in a 13-5 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers and with Mike Mussina on April 21, 1999, against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in a 14-8 defeat.

"He was behind on a lot of hitters," manager Mike Hargrove said. "He just didn't throw enough strikes tonight. It was a tough night for all of us."

The White Sox, coming off a 20-minute, closed-door meeting after Monday night's embarrassing 8-2 loss to the Orioles, showed they snapped out of their funk by scoring two runs in the top of the first on a run-scoring ground ball by Thomas and a sacrifice fly by Magglio Ordonez.

But the Orioles appeared up to the challenge, tying the score in the bottom of the inning off White Sox starter Rocky Biddle (1-1). With two outs, Delino DeShields, getting the start in left field, walked and scored on a double to center by Albert Belle. Belle came home on a single to left by Jeff Conine to tie the game.

Chicago took a 3-2 lead in the top of the second on a solo home run by Jeff Abbott, his third of the season. Then came the fourth-inning explosion by the White Sox. After Chris Singleton hit a fly ball to right to lead off the inning, former Orioles catcher Charles Johnson singled to center. Durham reached on an error by second baseman Jerry Hairston, and Johnson scored on a double by Valentin for a 4-2 Chicago lead.

Thomas singled to center, driving Durham and Valentin home, and Ordonez reached on a single to left. Baines then drove a Johnson pitch beyond the glove of center fielder Luis Matos and just over the center-field wall for a three-run home run, and the game was out of reach at 9-2.

Then the game went from out of reach to out of control.

In the top of the sixth, the White Sox scored three more on a two-run double by Baines and a ground ball by Jeff Abbott. Thomas joined the slugfest with a two-run blast in the top of the seventh his 36th of the season to extend the White Sox's lead to 14-2.

Baltimore managed two more runs in the seventh when Chris Richard doubled to right and Mark Lewis, playing third last night in place of Ryan Minor, homered to left.

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