Konerko powers White Sox
Slumping slugger's homers derail Orioles
Paul Konerko hit a pair of home runs to lead the White Sox past the Baltimore Orioles, 6-1, yesterday in Chicago.
Hitting just .197 with three homers coming in, Konerko connected off Jeremy Guthrie leading off the second and sixth innings. The teams split a doubleheader Saturday and finish the four-game series this afternoon.
Jose Contreras (2-2) earned his second win against Baltimore this season, giving up Brian Roberts's home run in the third. Contreras allowed five hits, walked three, and struck out three in 6 2/3 innings.
Guthrie (0-3) gave up three runs in five innings plus. He allowed five hits and two walks, striking out five.
Greg Aquino walked the bases loaded in the seventh before hitting Carlos Quentin, forcing in a run. Alexei Ramirez drove in a run with a fielder's choice.
Blue Jays 5, Royals 2 - Scott Rolen homered and drove in two runs, Alex Rios collected four hits and scored three times and Toronto defeated host Kansas City to snap a six-game losing streak.
Rolen, who was activated Friday after fracturing his right middle finger in spring training, homered in the first and has four RBIs in three games.
Angels 6, Tigers 2 - Torii Hunter hit an RBI triple in the fourth inning and added a two-run double in a four-run sixth to help chase Justin Verlander, lifting Los Angeles in Detroit.
Erick Aybar also drove in three runs, helping the Angels win the three-game set.
Athletics 4, Mariners 2 - Emil Brown's broken-bat, two-run single finally got Oakland on the board, Jack Cust's RBI single gave Oakland its first lead and the Athletics scored four times in the eighth to beat host Seattle.
Rangers 10, Twins 0 - Vicente Padilla pitched a seven-hitter for his third career shutout, Milton Bradley had a three-run homer and host Texas pounded Minnesota.
Diamondbacks 2, Padres 1 -Brandon Webb outpitched Jake Peavy in a battle of the last two NL Cy Young Award winners, leading Arizona in San Diego.
Webb (6-0), the 2006 Cy Young winner, allowed just one unearned run and twice escaped bases-loaded jams before leaving after six innings. He became the first six-game winner in the majors and lowered his ERA to 1.98.
Chris Snyder hit a two-out home run in the second after Peavy walked Stephen Drew. It was Snyder's first home run since Sept. 16.
Peavy (3-1) gave up four hits in seven innings, losing at home for the first time in 10 starts since July. Peavy had gone 6-0 with a 0.68 ERA in that span.
Dodgers 3, Rockies 2 - James Loney singled home the winning run in the 10th inning, and Los Angeles completed a three-game sweep of NL champion Colorado at Chavez Ravine.
It's the first three-game winning streak for the Dodgers under new manager Joe Torre, who used his 24th different lineup in 25 games.
Reds 10, Giants 1 - At San Francisco, Edinson Volquez struck out a career-high 10 in seven innings, Brandon Phillips homered twice, and Cincinnati battered Barry Zito.
Zito, winless in his first six starts for the first time in his career, gave up eight runs and walked three in three innings. The lefthander, who signed a $126 million, seven-year deal prior to last year, was booed frequently by the crowd at AT&T Park during his shortest outing of the season.
Cardinals 5, Astros 1 - Troy Glaus hit his first home run with St. Louis and Albert Pujols also connected to lead the hosts past Houston.
Glaus, who was acquired in an offseason trade that sent Rolen to Toronto, entered the game leading the majors with the most RBIs without a home run. Glaus went 87 at-bats before connecting off Brandon Backe (1-3) for his 16th and 17th RBIs to cap a four-run fifth inning.
Mets 6, Braves 3 - Carlos Delgado had his first two-homer game in almost a year as New York roughed up John Smoltz and Atlanta at Shea Stadium.
The Mets knocked out Smoltz after four innings in his first shaky outing of the season and got a three-hit game from backup catcher Raul Casanova.
Smoltz came in having allowed just two runs in four games. He gave up more than that in the first 1 1/3 innings yesterday.
Nationals 2, Cubs 0 - John Lannan pitched four-hit ball for seven innings, and Wily Mo Peña and Wil Nieves had back-to-back RBI singles to lead Washington over visiting Chicago.
Marlins 3, Brewers 2 - Wes Helms came through in just his fourth start of the year, hitting a home run leading off the 10th inning to lift Florida in Milwaukee.
Pirates 5, Phillies 1 - Paul Maholm tossed a two-hitter, Nate McLouth hit two home runs and Pittsburgh beat visiting Philadelphia to avoid a three-game sweep.