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Konerko's two HRs help White Sox overpower Blue Jays

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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TORONTO -- Jon Garland didn't need to pitch well, now that Paul Konerko's slump is over.

Konerko homered twice and drove in five runs, a day after ending an 0-for-26 skid, and the Chicago White Sox won their seventh consecutive game, 10-7 over the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.

Staked to 6-1 lead in the second, Garland became the American League's first six-game winner. Garland (6-0) tossed shutouts in his previous two starts, but Shea Hillenbrand ended his 23-inning scoreless streak with a RBI grounder in the first.

Garland allowed six runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings. He has won eight consecutive starts dating to last season, the longest streak by a White Sox pitcher since James Baldwin also won eight in a row in 2000.

"They picked me up big time," Garland said. "I never got into a groove."

Tadahito Iguchi, Juan Uribe and Aaron Rowand also homered to help the White Sox improve their major league-best record to 23-7. Scott Podsednik tied a career high with four stolen bases, previously done with Milwaukee last Sept. 18 at Houston.

"It was kind of weird," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. "We don't have that kind of lineup. The best thing about the home runs was that we had people on base."

Konerko hit a two-run homer off Ted Lilly (1-3) in the first and a three-run shot off Matt Whiteside in the fourth, his second multihomer game this season and the 13th of his career.

"This kid can carry a team for a month. He did it earlier in the season," Guillen said

Konerko hit seven home runs in his first 14 games of the season, but went homerless in his next 15 before Saturday. His 172 homers move him past Robin Ventura for the fifth in franchise history.

"It was a matter of time before we busted out. We've played a lot of one-run games, and that can wear on you," Konerko said. "It's nice to get a game where you can coast."

Someone had a little fun with Konerko, too. Just before his second homer, a message on the Rogers Centre board read "Paul likes to take long walks on the beach."

The White Sox extended their major-league record of consecutive games with a lead to 30 when Konerko homered in the first.

Russ Adams homered twice for the Blue Jays, who have lost three in a row after winning seven of their previous nine.

"I don't think Garland pitched particularly well, but he pitched well enough to win," Lilly said. "He's one of the best pitchers in the league and today we had an opportunity to beat him."

Uribe and Iguchi each hit two-run homers off Lilly in the second.

Lilly allowed six runs and six hits in just 1 2/3 innings, his shortest outing of the season.

Konerko and Rowand hit consecutive home runs in the fourth off Whiteside, giving Chicago a 10-2 lead.

The Blue Jays scored three runs in the fifth on Orlando Hudson's RBI single, Hillenbrand's run-scoring double and Eric Hinske's sacrifice fly.

Adams homered off Garland in the sixth and Luis Vizcaino in the ninth, the first multihomer game of his career.

Notes

  • Toronto manager John Gibbons dropped struggling CF Vernon Wells from third to seventh in the lineup. Wells went 0-for-4, dropping his average to .200.
  • Toronto Raptors forward Matt Bonner threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
  • The White Sox reached a season high in runs.
 
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Tadahito Iguchi hits a home run in the second inning as the Sox improve to a league-best 23-7.  (AP)
Tadahito Iguchi hits a home run in the second inning as the Sox improve to a league-best 23-7. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

S. Podsednik
AB 3
R 3
H 1
HR 0
RBI 0
Chicago

P. Konerko
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 5
 

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Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, LF3310201 .261
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B5112022 .333
Carl Everett, DH4110111 .260
Paul Konerko, 1B5225031 .204
Aaron Rowand, CF4111020 .235
Jermaine Dye, RF4110010 .208
Juan Uribe, SS3112100 .269
Chris Widger, C4030000 .324
Joe Crede, 3B4000013 .268
Totals361011104108 
Batting
2B - Chris Widger (2, Whiteside)
HR - Tadahito Iguchi (2, Lilly), Paul Konerko 2 (9, Lilly, Whiteside), Aaron Rowand (3, Whiteside), Juan Uribe (2, Lilly)
RBI - Tadahito Iguchi 2 (13), Paul Konerko 5 (22), Aaron Rowand (9), Juan Uribe 2 (15)
2-OUT RBI - Tadahito Iguchi 2 (6), Paul Konerko 2 (5)
SB - Scott Podsednik 4 (16, 2nd base off Lilly/Zaun, 3rd base off Lilly/Zaun, 2nd base off Whiteside/Zaun, 3rd base off Whiteside/Zaun)
Team LOB - 3
Chicago White Sox
Jon Garland (W,6-0) 5.2966121 2.42
Neal Cotts 2000020 3.00
Luis Vizcaino 1.1111001 7.36
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Garland 107-70, Neal Cotts 19-12, Luis Vizcaino 19-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Garland 7-8, Neal Cotts 1-3, Luis Vizcaino 2-2
Batters Faced - Jon Garland 27, Neal Cotts 6, Luis Vizcaino 5
Toronto Blue Jays
Orlando Hudson, 2B5221000 .265
Frank Catalanotto, LF4210111 .286
Corey Koskie, DH4021012 .267
Shea Hillenbrand, 3B4012001 .366
Eric Hinske, 1B3001001 .257
Gregg Zaun, C4010001 .273
Vernon Wells, CF4000000 .200
Alex Rios, RF4000021 .298
Russ Adams, SS4332000 .284
Totals367107147 
Batting
2B - Corey Koskie (4, Garland), Shea Hillenbrand (8, Garland), Russ Adams (5, Garland)
HR - Russ Adams 2 (3, Garland, Vizcaino)
SF - Eric Hinske (1)
RBI - Orlando Hudson (12), Corey Koskie (14), Shea Hillenbrand 2 (11), Eric Hinske (19), Russ Adams 2 (11)
2-OUT RBI - Corey Koskie (6), Russ Adams (1)
SB - Orlando Hudson (2, 2nd base off Garland/Widger)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Hinske, Hudson-R. Adams-Hinske
E - Gregg Zaun (3, Wild throw)
Toronto Blue Jays
Ted Lilly (L,1-3) 1.2666133 9.35
Matt Whiteside 1.2344332 19.64
Pete Walker 2.2100010 1.26
Vinnie Chulk 2100000 3.07
Scott Schoeneweis 1000030 5.23
Pitches-Strikes - Ted Lilly 54-33, Matt Whiteside 52-27, Pete Walker 32-18, Vinnie Chulk 16-12, Scott Schoeneweis 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ted Lilly 1-1, Pete Walker 4-2, Vinnie Chulk 3-2
Batters Faced - Ted Lilly 12, Matt Whiteside 11, Pete Walker 8, Vinnie Chulk 6, Scott Schoeneweis 3
Game Information
Attendance - 23078
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 61
Umpires - Home - Jerry Crawford, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Ed Rapuano