- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 22, 2009

CHICAGO (AP) | Brian Roberts hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning and had a solo shot in the third, leading the Baltimore Orioles to a 5-1 win over Chicago on Friday night, dropping the White Sox three games behind Detroit in the AL Central.

Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie (8-12), who had lost his previous four decisions, allowed just one run on six hits in seven innings to record his first win since July 19.

Jim Thome hit his 564th career home run in the fourth inning for Chicago, moving him past Reggie Jackson into 12th place on the career list.

With the score tied at 1-1 in the eighth, White Sox starter Gavin Floyd (10-8) allowed a leadoff single to Felix Pie, then Roberts followed with his second home run. It was Roberts’ second multihomer game, the last coming at the Angels on Sept. 6, 2006. Cesar Izturis followed with a double and Floyd’s night ended after an intentional walk to Adam Jones.

After Izturis was caught trying to steal third, Nick Markakis drove in Jones with a triple to right. After an intentional walk to Nolan Reimold, pinch hitter Ty Wigginton followed with a RBI single off reliever Tony Pena to extend the lead to 5-1.

Floyd allowed four runs on seven hits in 7 1/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked two.

Roberts extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a two-out solo shot to right in the third inning.

Thome, back in Chicago’s lineup after missing three games with a sore left heel, homered to center on a 1-0 pitch in the fourth. It was his 23rd of the season.

The White Sox had a scoring threat in the first inning with runners on first and second with no outs, but Guthrie got out of the inning by picking off Scott Podsednik, striking out Jermaine Dye and getting Thome to fly out to right.

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