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Morel does it all as White Sox top Orioles

Aug 10, 2011 - 5:01 AM Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Brent Morel homered, drove in two runs and made a terrific play in the field in the seventh inning to help the White Sox beat the Orioles, 4-3, for the club's season-high fifth straight win.

Carlos Quentin added a solo homer, and A.J. Pierzynski went 2-for-4 with an RBI double for Chicago, which had lost six straight prior to the recent run.

Gavin Floyd (10-10), an Annapolis native, gave up three runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings to earn the win.

"We keep fighting. We have a great attitude and a lot of enthusiasm in the clubhouse and in the dugout," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said.

Jo-Jo Reyes (5-9), making his first start with the Orioles after being claimed off waivers from Toronto, was touched for four runs on five hits in four innings of work. Baltimore has dropped three straight and six of seven.

The Orioles put their first three hitters on in the fifth, and J.J. Hardy, Nick Markakis and Adam Jones each knocked in a run to pull the O's within 4-3.

Markakis was thrown out trying to steal third later in the inning. Orioles manager Buck Showalter was ejected from the game by third base umpire Phil Cuzzi.

Markakis then went down swinging against Will Ohman to strand a runner on third in the seventh. The strikeout came immediately after Morel made a diving stop to his left and threw out Hardy to keep Felix Pie on third.

Jason Frasor and Chris Sale combined for a scoreless eighth, and Sale retired the first two in the ninth before Sergio Santos struck out Robert Andino to seal the win and earn his 24th save of the season.

"We did some things well, but not enough to beat a team with that type of bullpen," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.

The White Sox jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second when Quentin led off with a home run and Morel sent a humpback liner to center to plate Brent Lillibridge.

Pierzynski made it 3-0 with an RBI double in the third, and Morel hammered his second homer of the season in the fourth for the eventual game-winning run.

Game Notes

Chicago has won seven straight on the road...The White Sox improved to 57-58 on the year. They have not been over .500 since April 15...The Orioles have lost the first two meetings of this four-game set. They have not won a series since taking two of three from the Reds from June 24-26...Santos has made 24 straight scoreless appearances on the road to start the season and 29 in a row dating back to 2010.