In Thursday's 3-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez regained his confidence lifted his struggling club picked up his first win since July and sent the club's fans home in time to watch some of the Ravens' opener in Denver.

Not bad for a guy who turned in his worst start of the season just a few days ago.

“It was fun to be out there and be able to go a little bit deeper than in other games and getting that win. That was important for us” said Gonzalez (9-7) whose previous victory came July 20. “It was a long time since I got a win. Being able to get that ninth win just get my confidence back and go out there and just be myself.”

On a much anticipated evening that featured the Ravens opening their Super Bowl defending season on the road in Denver because the Orioles had a previously scheduled contest at Camden Yards Gonzalez made quick work of the White Sox.

The game lasted just two hours and 37 minutes and thanks to a 34-minute lightning delay in Denver was over before the Ravens' first quarter had ended.

The game was played before an announced 17383 the smallest gathering at Camden Yards since June 10. More than half however stayed until the end to see Jim Johnson throw a perfect ninth and pick up his 42nd save of the season.

Although there were thousands fewer at the park than announced (attendance is based on tickets sold not turnstile numbers) there were more fans at the game than initially anticipated especially with country music star Keith Urban performing a concert at the Inner Harbor. The night's attendance pushed the Orioles over 2 million fans for the second consecutive season after four straight years drawing under 2 million.

“[Fan support] does mean something to us but it shouldn't affect the way we play or the intensity we bring. But it makes it easier with the support we've had last year this year and in the past” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said after the game. “I'd be supporting the Ravens too. I am tonight. I'm going back and watch the game. I'm also going to glance over at a couple other [baseball] games. But I don't have a whole lot of interest in the outcome of the Keith Urban concert.”

Gonzalez was the one who really put on a show and it couldn't have come at a better time for the Orioles (74-65) who are running out of time in their pursuit of a playoff berth.