The Orioles start the second half of the season with some tough opponents. They began in Chicago where they took one out of three from the White Sox this weekend, then they go to New York to face the Yankees, and Boston to face the Sox.

Baltimore dropped their first two in the windy city. Friday they lost by a score of 12-4 and Saturday they dropped a close game 4-3.

Brad Bergesen was on the hill Saturday looked good through 4.2 innings. It was Ty Wigginton‘s costly error with two outs in the fifth that set up a Sox comeback. Wigginton dropped a routine throw and the next batter, Jermaine Dye, knocked in the go ahead run.

Yesterday however, everything clicked for the Orioles. Jeremy Guthrie performed like an ace in eight innings of three hit baseball. Two of Guthrie’s hits were for solo homeruns.

And the bats were hot in Chicago. Baltimore put six runs up through the first five innings, two coming from wild pitches from Jose Contreras and two more from bases loaded walks.

Gregg Zaun hammered a three run homerun in the 9th, he had four RBI.

Now the O’s travel to New York for three against the Yankees.