- The Washington Times - Monday, April 28, 2008

CHICAGO (AP) — Paul Konerko knows what it’s like to have a slow start. He also knows how to get going in a hurry.

The White Sox first baseman hit a pair of home runs to lead Chicago over the Baltimore Orioles 6-1 yesterday.

Hitting just .197 with three homers coming in, Konerko connected off Jeremy Guthrie to lead off the second and sixth innings. The teams split a doubleheader Saturday and finish the four-game series this afternoon.

Konerko is familiar with horrible Aprils. He hit .198 last season and .218 in 2005, when the White Sox won the World Series. But as always, Konerko has managed to drive in runs. He has more RBI (18) than hits (17) this year.

“I’ve been feeling pretty good going back a few games,” Konerko said. “But sometimes the results don’t come out. … I’m not concentrating on hitting home runs. Those will come in the summer months. But any ones you pick up early are good.”

With Jermaine Dye missing his third straight game (strained left groin), White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was glad to see Konerko carry the team again.

“We need Paulie to get going,” Guillen said. “He’s the type of guy who doubts himself too much about hitting. We need him to start coming out of that. I think it was a relief for him to have this day today.”

Jose Contreras (2-2) earned his second win against Baltimore this season, giving up Brian Roberts’ home run in the third. Contreras allowed five hits, walked three and struck out three in 62/3 innings.

Guthrie (0-3) gave up three runs in five-plus innings. He allowed five hits and two walks and struck out five. He also had a throwing error. He is winless in his last 15 starts, going back to July 27.

“He had 45 pitches after the second inning,” Orioles manager Dave Trembley said. “He’d get to two strikes and didn’t finish them off. They fought off some pitches and got deep in counts, and he ran his pitch count up. The couple of home run balls, that just happens.”

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