Paul Konerko homered twice and drove in four runs and Alex Rios added a home run of his own and the White Sox avoided a four-game sweep at the hands of the Orioles with a 6-2 win on Monday night.
The win also broke a five-game losing streak. Lefthander Mark Buehrle threw 6.2 solid innings, allowing eight hits but no runs.
The Sox bullpen got into trouble in the ninth inning; Chris Sale came on with a 6-0 lead, presumably safe, but gave up a two-run homer to Derrek Lee and then a single to Vladimir Guerrero and a walk to Luke Scott.
That brought the tying run to the on-deck circle and made it a save situation, so Ozzie Guillen called on Sergio Santos, who struck out Adam Jones to end it. The win brought the Sox out of a last-place tie with the idle Twins, who will be in town tonight to face the Sox at 7 p.m. CDT. Tonight’s game is on CSN Chicago.