LIVE: White Sox cut deficit in half, trail 2-1

LIVE: White Sox cut deficit in half, trail 2-1
April 30, 2011, 4:16 pm
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Saturday, April 30, 2011
Posted: 11:15 a.m.
Associated Press

The way the Chicago White Sox are playing, their outspoken manager may not mind serving out a suspension.

Ozzie Guillen will sit out a second straight game Saturday as the White Sox continue their series against the Baltimore Orioles trying to avoid a sixth straight home loss.

Guillen was suspended for two games by Major League Baseball for comments made on Twitter after being ejected from Wednesday's 3-1 loss to the Yankees in New York.

Guillen missed Friday's 10-4 loss, the White Sox's 13th in 16 games.

The Orioles broke the game open with a five-run seventh inning, sending 11 men to the plate. Mark Reynolds walked with the bases loaded to score Adam Jones then Matt Wieters and Brian Roberts each hit two-run doubles.

Wieters drove in four runs, hitting a two-run homer. Roberts had three RBIs and Luke Scott also homered.

The White Sox (10-17) have been outscored 32-15 while losing five straight at U.S. Cellular Field.

"It's frustrating, there's no other word for it," said John Danks, who fell to 0-4 after giving up five runs and eight hits in six innings. "We're all putting the work in and there's no reason why it's not going our way. We need to turn around quick."

Meanwhile, the Orioles have won three of four after dropping 11 of 14. Friday also marked the third time in four games they recorded at least 10 hits.

Baltimore (11-13) will try to extend its success at the plate against Phil Humber (2-2, 3.20 ERA), who took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against New York on Monday before giving up a one-out single to Alex Rodriguez. The White Sox won 2-0.

"You don't expect to hold an offense like that down especially just giving up one hit but you got to make pitches and not worry about who's up there at the plate," said Humber, making the sixth start of his career for his fifth team, and in the rotation while Jake Peavy is on the disabled list.

The right-hander has made four relief appearances against the Orioles, allowing two runs and three hits in 5 2-3 innings.

Baltimore will counter with Chris Tillman (0-2, 6.16), who is making his first start since April 18, when he allowed three runs in 6 2-3 innings of a 5-3 loss to Minnesota. A rainout last Friday against the Yankees allowed the Orioles to push back the right-hander's start.

Tillman has been bothered by right groin soreness and said he's been struggling in his last three starts. He's pitched 13 innings over that stretch, giving up 13 runs and 21 hits.

"It's a lot disappointing," Tillman, who is making his first start against the White Sox, told the Orioles' official website. "I'm not happy about it. But I think it's an issue that if we don't take care of it, it can be a lot longer.

"I think history has proven that. I'd rather get it out of the way now than have to deal with it throughout the whole season."

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