Orioles 8, White Sox 2

CHICAGO -- Bud Norris had one of his best starts of the season, outdueling Chicago ace Chris Sale, as Baltimore opened a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field with its second win in a row. The Orioles hold a comfortable lead in the American League East and have now won nine of their past 10 series-openers.

Norris (11-7) needed only 82 pitches to get through seven innings, allowed two runs, struck out five and didn't issue a single walk to earn his third straight win. Helping his cause, the Orioles scored three runs off Sale in his six innings and broke the game open with a five-run eighth against Chicago's maligned bullpen.

Right-fielder Nick Markakis scored twice and went 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs to lead Baltimore offensively. Shortstop J.J. Hardy also scored twice and went 2-for-4 with a homer, left-fielder Nelson Cruz hit a homer, first baseman Steve Pearce went 3-for-5 and second baseman Jonathan Schoop had a three-run double to key the eighth-inning fireworks.