BALTIMORE—In the 100th game of the season, the White Sox officially caught a break.
An apparent missed call by second-base umpire Doug Eddings fueled a ninth-inning rally Sunday, leading to an 8-7 victory over Baltimore. The 46th victory of the season snapped a four-game skid.
With the Sox down a run in the ninth, Tony Graffanino led off with a single against reliever Willis Roberts.
Mark Johnson laid down a sacrifice and Roberts' throw to second was wide, forcing shortstop Luis Lopez to stretch for the force.
Eddings ruled the throw pulled Lopez off the bag, though replays seemed to show otherwise.
"It seems as though we have given away breaks to the opposition," Sox manager Jerry Manuel said. "I can't remember the last time a call went our way to determine the outcome of the game. It happened for us."
What was Graffanino's view?
"It was close," he said. "I thought [Lopez's foot] was off ... maybe. It was good to get a call like that in a huge situation. Obviously, it kept the momentum going for us."
Ray Durham's one-out single up the middle off Buddy Groom tied the score. The go-ahead run came in when former Sox center fielder Chris Singleton fumbled the ball for one error and overthrew second for another.
With the Sox trailing 1-0 in the second, Jose Valentin hit a two-run homer off Scott Erickson. But Sox starter Dan Wright served up a two-run homer to Marty Cordova in the bottom half of the inning.
Frank Thomas' RBI single in the third tied it 3-3, but the Sox failed to get a runner home from third with one out in the fourth, and Jay Gibbons' homer in the bottom of the inning put the Orioles back on top.
Kenny Lofton drew a leadoff walk in the fifth and Durham's two-run homer gave the Sox a 5-4 lead. Thomas followed with a double but was out at third while trying to advance on Paul Konerko's grounder to short.
Graffanino homered off Yorkis Perez in the sixth, but the Orioles answered right back with Gibbons' second homer off Wright in the bottom of the inning.
Entering with a one-run lead in the seventh inning, Keith Foulke arrived in time to serve up a homer to Jerry Hairston Jr., only his second in 200 at-bats.
After a two-out walk to Gary Matthews Jr., Foulke watched Matthews steal second and advance on a wild throw by Johnson. Tony Batista followed with a single up the middle for a 7-6 Orioles lead.
At that point it looked like the Sox were goners. They had a 1-46 record when trailing after eight innings.
"We could've easily went into the ninth inning and just kind of let things happen as they have," Manuel said. "Graffanino gave us a real good at-bat and hustled down to second to make a tough play."