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Baltimore holds on to beat Chicago

May 2, 2011 - 12:35 AM Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Nick Markakis had a three-run double to back six strong innings from Zach Britton, as the Baltimore Orioles held on for a 6-4 win over the Chicago White Sox in the third of a four-game set at U.S. Cellular Field.

Luke Scott had a solo homer and knocked in two, while Mark Reynolds also clubbed a solo shot for Baltimore, which has taken the first three games of the series and has won five of six.

Britton (5-1) allowed one run on five hits, walked three and struck out one. Kevin Gregg worked a scoreless ninth inning to lock down the win and record his fifth save of the season.

Adam Dunn hit a pinch-hit two-run homer and Brent Lillibridge added a solo blast for the White Sox, who have dropped five in a row.

Gavin Floyd (3-2) was roughed up for seven hits and six runs in six innings. The right-hander walked two and struck out five, and fell to 3-2 in six career games against the White Sox.

"He threw a lot of cutters, sliders and curve balls so you can almost go up there and sit on an off-speed pitch," said Markakis. "The more pitches you can eliminate, the easier it is to hit."

With the Orioles ahead 6-4, Gregg came on to work the bottom of the ninth and walked Alexei Ramirez leading off and Carlos Quentin followed with a base hit. Paul Konerko and Alex Rios each took a called third strike, with Rios getting ejected by home plate umpire Cory Blaser for arguing. A.J. Pierzynski then bounced out to second to end the game.

Scott's two-out homer to right in the fourth got the Orioles on the board and they would put up five more in the fifth. Reynolds started things with a shot over the center field fence and a triple by Felix Pie and back-to-back walks by Robert Andino and Brian Roberts loaded the bases with nobody out.

Markakis then hit a first-pitch cutter to left for a three-run double. Scott added a run-scoring single later in the inning for a 6-0 game.

"They put people on base and got the big hits," said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, who returned to the dugout after serving a two-game suspension for his actions during Wednesday's game against the Yankees, when he was tossed for arguing and then tweeted from the clubhouse.

Lillibridge got one back with a solo shot leading off the home fifth and a bases loaded walk by Konerko in the seventh made it 6-2.

Dunn's two-run blast to center in the eighth got the White Sox within two.

Game Notes

Baltimore took four of its seven matchups with the White Sox last season...The White Sox have now dropped seven straight at home.