- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 24, 2000

WHITE SOX 8, ORIOLES 4

CHICAGO Magglio Ordonez had three RBI and the Chicago White Sox made the most of nine walks and two Baltimore errors last night to beat the Orioles 8-4 and stay seven games ahead of Cleveland in the American League Central.
Chicago reliever Sean Lowe came off the disabled list and made his first start of the season, lasting just 4 1/3 innings and giving up three of Baltimore's four solo homers.
But the Orioles' power couldn't overcome their wild pitching and sloppy fielding as the White Sox scored four unearned runs.
John Parrish (2-2), who beat Chicago six days ago at Camden Yards despite walking eight, still couldn't find the plate this time.
Parrish walked five and committed a throwing error, giving up five runs in 1 2/3 innings. He walked Ray Durham and Tony Graffanino to start the first and after a double steal, Ordonez hit a two-run double and Carlos Lee followed with an RBI single to make it 3-0.
Paul Konkerko singled in the second and made it to third when Parrish picked up Chris Singleton's bunt and threw it into center field. Charles Johnson walked to load the bases, and after Ray Durham hit into a double play, Parrish walked Graffanino to reload the bases.
Frank Thomas hit an RBI single and then Ordonez drew a bases-loaded walk to finish Parrish and make it 5-0.
Chris Richard hit his fifth homer for Baltimore's first run in the fourth. But Chicago loaded the bases again in the fourth off Jason Johnson and got two gift runs when third baseman Jeff Conine collided with Richard and dropped Carlos Lee's two-out popup near the mound.
Jerry Hairston and Brady Anderson hit back-to-back solo shots, and Melvin Mora singled to finish Lowe in the fifth.
Lorenzo Barcelo (1-1) was tagged for a solo homer by Conine in the sixth to make it 7-4, but Thomas hit an RBI double off the center field fence in the bottom of the inning.
Lowe, making his first start since May 31, 1998, when he was with the St. Louis Cardinals and just the sixth of his major league career in 116 appearances, gave up five hits and three runs in 4* innings. He was activated yesterday from the disabled list, where he had been since Aug. 1 with an inflamed right shoulder.
Notes When Lowe was activated, rookie right-hander Jon Garland went on the DL with a bruise on his right arm, sustained when he was hit by a line drive Friday… . Parrish threw 49 pitches in his brief outing, only 19 for strikes… . Barcelo, who allowed just two hits and a run in 3 1/3 innings, got his first major league win. He's given up just two earned runs in his last nine relief appearances, spanning 14 2/3 innings.

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