BALTIMORE – Miguel Gonzalez allowed one run over seven innings and the Baltimore Orioles hit three solo home runs in a 3-1 victory over the skidding Chicago White Sox on Thursday night.
Adam Jones, J.J. Hardy and Brian Roberts homered off Jose Quintana (7-6) to provide Baltimore with a much-needed win. The Orioles were coming off a 3-6 road trip that dropped them four games off the pace in the AL wild-card hunt.
Jones’ shot in the first inning gave him 30 home runs for the season and 100 RBIs for the first time. Hardy and Roberts connected in the fifth, increasing Baltimore’s major league-leading home run total to 188.
Gonzalez (9-7) gave up four hits – all singles – walked one and struck out six to earn his first win in seven starts since July 20. He was 0-4 in that span.
Tommy Hunter allowed a single in the eighth and Jim Johnson worked a perfect ninth for his 42nd save.
Dayan Viciedo had two hits for the White Sox, who have dropped seven straight as they stagger to the conclusion of a losing season. Chicago is an AL-worst 24-49 on the road and 32-48 in games decided by one or two runs.
Quintana allowed seven hits in seven innings, but three of them were homers. The right-hander had allowed only four long balls in his previous 10 starts.
Down 1-0, the White Sox loaded the bases with no outs in the third but got only one run, on a double-play grounder by Alejandro De Aza.
Hardy put Baltimore in front for good in the fifth with a leadoff homer on a 2-2 pitch, and with two outs Roberts homered on a full count. Hardy’s drive made him the ninth player since 1901 to have three seasons with at least 25 home runs as a shortstop.