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A recap of the Orioles' 6-1 loss to the White Sox yesterday:



Jeremy Guthrie maintained that he had pretty good command yesterday, but he would certainly like to have back two pitches to White Sox cleanup hitter Paul Konerko. Guthrie's 3-2 pitch to Konerko in the second inning was hammered into the left-field seats to give Chicago a 1-0 lead. Then, in a tie game in the sixth, Konerko unloaded on Guthrie's 0-2 belt-high fastball, again homering to left. Guthrie has faced the White Sox twice this season and given up two homers in each game. He has surrendered two homers in a game 11 times in his career and, not surprisingly, is 0-5 in those contests.



Perhaps the Orioles should call around and ask other teams how to hit Jose Contreras because they certainly haven't figured it out. The 36-year-old right-hander held them to one run, Brian Roberts' homer, on five hits over 6 2/3 innings. In two starts against them this season spanning 13 2/3 innings, he's 2-0 and has allowed two earned runs and nine hits, walked three and struck out nine. In his three starts spanning 18 innings against other teams this year, Contreras is 0-2 and has surrendered 12 earned runs, 23 hits and eight walks and has struck out seven.


The Orioles were down only 2-1 in the sixth inning when they failed to make a couple of plays defensively that would have kept them in the game. With men on second and third and one out and the infield in, Brian Anderson hit a ball to the right of Brandon Fahey. The shortstop fielded the ball, but his throw home to try to get A.J. Pierzynski skipped past catcher Ramon Hernandez. Carlos Quentin scored all the way from second as Hernandez's flip to Matt Albers, who was covering home, went over the pitcher's head. The Orioles made a season-high three errors.


The final game of the four-game series at U.S. Cellular Field will start at 2:05 p.m. today. Orioles right-hander Daniel Cabrera (2-0, 4.40), who'll try to continue his run of good starts, faces White Sox veteran right-hander Javier Vazquez (3-2, 4.40). Cabrera is 2-3 with a 5.35 ERA in seven career starters against Chicago. Vazquez, who has allowed three earned runs or fewer in three of his past four outings, is 6-2 with a 5.24 ERA in 11 career starts against the Orioles.