Chicago at Toronto

W: O. Hernandez (4-1) L: J. Frasor (1-2)
S: D. Hermanson (5)
HR: CHW - J. Dye (4)   TOR - C. Koskie (6)

White Sox 5, Blue Jays 3

CBS wire reports

TORONTO -- Paul Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski ended slumps -- and helped extend Chicago's winning streak.

Konerko snapped an 0-for-26 skid with an eighth-inning single and Pierzynski added a go-ahead two-run single in the inning to lead the streaking White Sox to their sixth straight victory, 5-3 over Toronto on Friday night.

After Toronto reliever Jason Frasor (1-2) walked Carl Everett, Konerko ended his drought with a single to center off Frasor.

"I'm ready to break into the Lou Gehrig speech right now," said Konerko, who felt lucky after a week of bad luck.

Pierzynski entered his at-bat 2-for-29 in his career in Toronto. He fell behind 0-2 against closer Miguel Batista before singling to left with two outs to give Chicago a 5-3 lead.

"He was like 1-for-Canada in his career. He came up with the hit at the right time. We've been having a lot clutch hits since opening day," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Every day it's somebody different."

Orlando Hernandez (4-1) pitched seven strong innings to help the White Sox improve their major league-leading record to 22-7. Chicago's starters are 17-3 with a 2.79 ERA.

"The pitching has been incredible," Pierzynski said. "When a pitcher gives you seven innings, three runs, you're going to win a lot of games."

Hernandez allowed three runs on six hits, struck out four and walked three.

Dustin Hermanson finished for his fifth save.

Corey Koskie homered for the Blue Jays, who had won seven of their previous nine.

"They got a key hit, we didn't," Toronto catcher Gregg Zaun said.

Chicago's Tadahito Iguchi singled in the first, stole second and advanced to third on a grounder before scoring on catcher Gregg Zaun's passed ball. Chicago has held a lead in all 29 of its games, surpassing the record to start a season of 25 games by the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers.

Koskie led off the second with a home run to right. Alex Rios' RBI double and Russ Adams' sacrifice fly made it 3-1 in the second.

Chicago's Scott Podsednik hit an RBI double off Toronto starter David Bush in the third, and Jermaine Dye tied it with a homer off Pete Walker in the seventh.

"That was a backbreaker," Walker said.


Koskie, Toronto's third baseman, robbed Konerko of extra bases with a diving catch in the sixth. ... Toronto second baseman Orlando Hudson robbed Juan Uribe of a hit with a diving grab in the third. ... The roof of the Rogers Centre was open for the first time this season. ... Clare Laking, a 106-year-old World War I veteran, threw out the ceremonial first pitch. ... The game was delayed for a total of 11 minutes due to ground repairs in the batter's box. A number of players slipped on the home plate area, which had hardened.
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Players of the Game

A. Pierzynski
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0

O. Hernandez
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 3
BB 3
K 4

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Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, LF4011111 .259
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B5120012 .340
Carl Everett, DH3100113 .260
Paul Konerko, 1B3110010 .194
Timo Perez, CF4010003 .220
Jermaine Dye, RF3111111 .207
A.J. Pierzynski, C4012002 .269
Joe Crede, 3B3110102 .280
Juan Uribe, SS4010001 .267
2B - Scott Podsednik (3, Bush), Joe Crede (7, Bush)
HR - Jermaine Dye (4, Walker)
RBI - Scott Podsednik (10), Jermaine Dye (10), A.J. Pierzynski 2 (6)
2-OUT RBI - A.J. Pierzynski 2 (4)
SB - Scott Podsednik (12, 2nd base off Bush/Zaun), Tadahito Iguchi (5, 2nd base off Bush/Zaun), Timo Perez (1, 2nd base off Bush/Zaun)
CS - Tadahito Iguchi (2, 2nd base by Speier/Zaun), Juan Uribe (2, 2nd base by Bush/Zaun)
Team LOB - 6
Chicago White Sox
Orlando Hernandez (W,4-1) 7633341 2.92
Damaso Marte (H,5) 1.1000000 2.13
Dustin Hermanson (S,5) 0.2100010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Orlando Hernandez 116-67, Damaso Marte 18-10, Dustin Hermanson 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Orlando Hernandez 7-10, Damaso Marte 1-3
Batters Faced - Orlando Hernandez 30, Damaso Marte 4, Dustin Hermanson 3
Toronto Blue Jays
Frank Catalanotto, LF5010014 .288
Orlando Hudson, 2B3000101 .259
Vernon Wells, CF3000101 .207
Corey Koskie, 3B4111002 .259
Shea Hillenbrand, DH4110012 .370
Eric Hinske, 1B4000011 .265
Gregg Zaun, C4120010 .274
Alex Rios, RF3011100 .310
Russ Adams, SS3011012 .257
2B - Frank Catalanotto (6, Hernandez), Alex Rios (5, Hernandez), Russ Adams (4, Hermanson)
HR - Corey Koskie (6, Hernandez)
SF - Russ Adams (1)
RBI - Corey Koskie (13), Alex Rios (14), Russ Adams (9)
SB - Vernon Wells (1, 2nd base off Hernandez/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Hudson-R. Adams
PB - Gregg Zaun (2)
Toronto Blue Jays
Dave Bush 5521140 4.50
Pete Walker (BS,1) 1111001 1.54
Jason Frasor (L,1-2) 1.1122200 4.38
Miguel Batista 0.2100100 1.98
Justin Speier 1100010 6.75
HBP - Konerko (by Dave Bush)
Pitches-Strikes - Dave Bush 79-51, Pete Walker 19-11, Jason Frasor 30-16, Miguel Batista 15-10, Justin Speier 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dave Bush 4-5, Pete Walker 1-2, Jason Frasor 2-2, Justin Speier 1-0
Batters Faced - Dave Bush 20, Pete Walker 4, Jason Frasor 7, Miguel Batista 4, Justin Speier 3
Game Information
Attendance - 21769
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Ed Rapuano, First Base - Jerry Crawford, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi