BALTIMORE — Miguel Gonzalez allowed one run over seven innings and the Orioles hit three solo home runs in a 3-1 victory over the White Sox on Thursday.
Adam Jones, J.J. Hardy and Brian Roberts went deep for Baltimore, which was coming off a 3-6 road trip against fellow playoff contenders Boston, New York and Cleveland. Although it's probably too early to talk about must-win games, this one was close.
"Our backs are kind of against the wall," said Hardy, whose homer in the fifth made him the ninth shortstop since 1901 with three seasons of at least 25. "We need to get on a streak."
Gonzalez gave up four hits, all singles, to earn his first win in seven starts since July 20. He was 0-4 in that span.
"It was fun to be out there and be able to go a little bit deeper than in other games and getting a win that was important for us," he said.
Tommy Hunter worked the eighth and Jim Johnson a perfect ninth for his 42nd save.
"They're all significant from here on out just because of the opportunities that are not there," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. "If we take care of business, it will be an interesting last week of the season. You'll usually like the outcome if you just try to stay in the moment. It's difficult to do. It takes a lot of discipline."