BALTIMORE — Gordon Beckham was a part of some of the dreadful losing streaks the White Sox went through last season. The Sox second baseman said before Tuesday night's game against the Orioles that the team's recent slump does not feel as difficult to shake as some of those in 2013.
Beckham then hit a home run in the first inning off right-hander Miguel Gonzalez to start a 4-2 Sox victory over the Orioles, their first in six games on their current trip.
"It's definitely different than last year," Beckham said. "It's not something I'm very, very worried about. We have a good team. We're just in a tough stretch right now."
Left-hander Jose Quintana helped the Sox to their third victory in the last 12 games. Quintana lasted seven innings, allowing six hits and one run, walking three and striking out eight. Closer Ronald Belisario earned his eighth save.
After Beckham's seventh homer of the season, Alexei Ramirez doubled and scored on Alejandro De Aza's RBI single in the second. Dayan Viciedo, De Aza and Tyler Flowers put together three straight singles in the fourth to push the Sox lead to 3-0.
Ramirez made it 4-1 in the eighth after he singled and advanced on a stolen base and a passed ball. When De Aza knocked one toward second, Ramirez scored on a squirming slide at the plate, eluding Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph's tag attempt.
"Every win is good," De Aza said. "It feels awesome."
The Orioles scored their first run in the sixth when Steve Pearce homered off Quintana. They added a run in the ninth off Belisario, who induced a double play to end it.
"(Quintana) was attacking with his fastball," Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "He really wasn't picking around the zone. He was throwing hard and locating. I would say after the last five days we needed that. It was a good effort by Q to get us in a spot where we can win, and we did enough to win."
Abreu on display? Sox first baseman Jose Abreu said Tuesday he is not particularly interested in participating in the All-Star Game's Home Run Derby on July 14 at Target Field in Minneapolis. Abreu has 22 home runs this season.
The Blue Jays' Jose Bautista is the American League captain and selects the other four members of the league's team.
"It's something that if I have to be there, I'll be there," Abreu said through a team interpreter. "But it's something I'm not wishing to be there. It's a great thing. It's just one of those things I don't particularly wish to be on."
Futures Game: Sox infield prospect Micah Johnson and right-handed pitching prospect Francellis Montas have been selected to play in the All-Star Futures Game on July 13 at Target Field in Minneapolis.
Johnson, a second baseman for Triple-A Charlotte, will play for the U.S. team, and Montas, a starter with Class A Winston-Salem, will be on the World roster.
The 23-year-old Johnson entered Tuesday hitting .308 with four home runs, 23 RBIs, 30 runs scored and 14 stolen bases over 61 games between Double-A Birmingham and Charlotte. Montas, 21, is 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA and 51 strikeouts in nine starts with Winston-Salem.
Montas, a 21-year-old who joined the Sox in the three-team Jake Peavy trade last summer, is 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA and 51 strikeouts in nine starts with Winston-Salem. He has limited opponents to a .193 batting average.
Montas missed time early this season with a torn meniscus but has excelled since his return working with Sox minor league coaches.
"He obviously has big stuff," Sox general manager Rick Hahn said. "Our pitching coaches, Curt Hasler and J.R. Perdew, really clicked with this kid, and he has come a long way in a fairly short amount of time."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun