The game wasn't so much on the line, but Brady Anderson's streak was. It was the eighth inning yesterday, the Orioles were down 5-2 and Anderson had not been on base through his first three at-bats against Chicago White Sox starter Jack McDowell.
"I was hoping I would have kept it going," Anderson said of his on-base streak, which had reached 28 games, and of the Orioles' two-run rally. "It's nice to have some sort of streak."
Anderson's on-base streak -- the longest by an Oriole since Cal Ripken reached in 28 straight games four years ago -- ended with a slicing line drive that Tim Raines ran down in leftfield. It marked the first time Anderson didn't get on since the second game of the season.
"I hit three balls good," Anderson said of his two deep drives that were chased down by centerfielder Lance Johnson, who made eight putouts yesterday, and the one to Raines. "The wind sort of knocked the first two down. The wind knocked down the third one down, and it also brought it back."
* MANAGERIAL MISS: White Sox manager Gene Lamont missed yesterday's game after returning home to Kirkland, Ill., following the death of his mother. Bench coach Joe Nossek managed Chicago.
* AROUND THE HORN: Yesterday's sellout of 44,609 was the sixth of the season for the Orioles. . . . It was the Orioles' fourth straight game without a home run after getting at least one in the previous 11.