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Orioles lose 7-5 to White Sox; Jones hopes to play tomorrow, Luke also hobbling

The Orioles trailed 7-2 heading into the ninth inning tonight, but scored two runs and then had runners on the corners and no outs with Ty Wigginton at the plate representing the tying run. Right-hander J.J. Putz, who relieved Sergio Santos after he allowed all four batters that he faced to reach, fell behind Wigginton 3-0 and then came out of the game with a knee injury.

With Bobby Jenks on the mound and Luke Scott on deck, Wigginton got the green light and fouled Jenks' pitch straight back. Then on a 3-2 pitch, Wigginton hit a hard one hopper back up the box and Jenks made a nice play to snare it and then turn the double play. That was pretty much it for the Orioles' rally.

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"You have a chance to tie the ball game there and Jenks ain't coming in there throwing balls," Showalter said on giving Wigginton the green light. "He's going to throw the ball over the plate. He got a good pitch to hit, too. He just missed it. You take your shots when you can. They backed themselves into some problems. I don't feel like we let them off the hook. He centered the ball there and Jenks kind of stuck his glove up and it went in. Next you know, we're struggling."

Showalter doesn't know what position players that he'll have available tomorrow. Adam Jones was drilled in the left shoulder by a Gavin Floyd fastball in the fourth inning. He tried to come out for the bottom of the frame but while warming up in the outfield, he was in extreme discomfort and pulled himself out. He was diagnosed with a left shoulder contusion.

"I couldn't lift my arm," Jones said. "I decided to bring myself out. I tried to do something to [stay[ in but I couldn't lift my arm. I couldn't lift it to swing, I couldn't lift it to throw. It'd be dumb to sit there and try to play like that."

Luke Scott may also not be able to go tomorrow after he fouled a ball off his right foot in the fifth inning. He stayed in the game and got his final two at-bats, but he was not running well at all. Showalter said the team was pondering whether or not to give him X-rays..

One other thing, Jeremy Guthrie, who gave up the decisive go-ahead three-run homer to Gordon Beckham in the seventh inning, was surprised that his plunking of Alex Rios later in the inning led to both benches being warned. Guthrie hit two guys and Floyd hit one.

"In those situations, they scored runs so it looked bad," Guthrie said. "But that's one of those ones, where if you look at the velocity, my elbow dropped quite a bit. It's just one of those pitches that came out terribly. That's why the reaction is, 'whoa,' like that is a very bad pitch. That Rios pitch wasn't anywhere near where I wanted to throw it. They got ot do what they have to do."

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