Jim Thome returned from a one-game suspension with a bang, hitting a 400-foot, three-run home run in the top of the first to provide the White Sox with all the offense they would need in a 3-1 victory over the host Baltimore Orioles.
Thome's blast was his third this season and No. 510 in his illustrious career. Prior to that, Nick Swisher led off the game with a single, and Orlando Cabrera walked. Then Thome hit a 1-2 pitch deep to right-center.
Jose Contreras made that lead stand, as he threw seven strong innings, allowing one run on just four hits, while striking out six. Scott Linebrink pitched a scoreless eighth, and closer Bobby Jenks retired the side in order in the ninth to pick up his sixth save of the year.
The White Sox only registered six hits all night, three in the first inning alone, but when the pitching staff performs as well as it did on this night, your offense doesn't need much.
The win was Chicago's ninth in their last 12 games, and keeps them in first place in the AL Central.
The brief two game set concludes tomorrow afternoon as Gavin Floyd takes the mound for the White Sox. He will be opposed by Baltimore's Jeremy Guthrie.
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