Toronto at Chicago

W: D. Bush (2-5) L: O. Hernandez (8-4)
S: M. Batista (18)
HR: TOR - None   CHW - C. Everett (16), P. Konerko (25)

Blue Jays 4, White Sox 3

CBS wire reports

CHICAGO -- David Bush made the most of his seven weeks in the minors, adjusting his delivery and gaining control of his fastball.

Bush won for the second time in three starts since being recalled as the Toronto Blue Jays held off the White Sox 4-3 Wednesday night.

He allowed three runs and seven hits with two walks in five innings on a night he said he was, "OK. At times, very good."

Gregg Zaun hit a three-run double during a four-run first and Toronto's bullpen stifled rallies in the seventh and eighth innings, when the White Sox stranded two runners.

The win put the Blue Jays four games over .500 for the first time since May 31 and gave them a chance to complete a three-game sweep of the team with the best record in the majors.

Carl Everett hit a solo home run in the first for the White Sox, and Paul Konerko added a two-run shot in the fifth. Tadahito Iguchi singled, doubled and scored a run, and A.J. Pierzynski had two hits.

However, the White Sox left nine men on base and were 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

"We lost this game with no fundamentals," Everett said. "If we all collectively get the fundamentals down, we win this ballgame."

Bush (2-5) walked one and struck out one, improving to 2-0 in three starts since being recalled from Triple-A Syracuse. Three relievers combined to pitch four scoreless innings.

"Those guys were fabulous," Zaun said.

After holding Kansas City to three runs in seven innings in winning his first start back and allowing just a run in 8 1/3 innings against the Los Angeles Angels, Bush struggled at times. But he also made good pitches in tight spots -- pitches he might not have made before being sent to Triple-A.

His delivery is different now. He doesn't fall off as much, which allows him to control his fastball. Zaun mentioned a new cutter, too.

"My mechanics were a little disciplined at times," Bush said. "Both the home runs were on fastballs that tailed back toward the middle."

He left after just 78 pitches.

"It was a battle for him out there," manager John Gibbons said.

It wasn't easy for the bullpen, either, as Iguchi and Everett walked with two outs in the seventh against Pete Walker. Vinnie Chulk relieved and threw a wild pitch, but retired Konerko on a grounder.

After Pierzynski led off the eighth with a single, Aaron Rowand reached on an infield single with one out. Joe Crede fouled out, and Miguel Batista struck out pinch-hitter Geoff Blum. Batista then worked the ninth for his 18th save in 21 opportunities.

"It wasn't because of a lack of effort," Rowand said. "Guys were trying to get the job done today, but it just didn't happen for us."

Early control problems doomed White Sox starter Orlando Hernandez (8-4), who allowed four runs and five hits in seven innings in his fourth start since returning from the disabled list due to a sore right shoulder.

His control problems in the first led to four Blue Jays runs. Hernandez walked Reed Johnson with one out, and then hit Shea Hillenbrand with a pitch one out later and walked Corey Koskie to load the bases for Zaun, who doubled to the warning track in right.

Eric Hinske drove in Zaun with a single that made it 4-0, but got caught between first and second and was tagged out.

Konerko's 25th homer cut it to 4-3. It was his second in two games and 188th with the White Sox, putting him in sole possession of fourth place on the club's career list ahead of former teammate Magglio Ordonez.

"It was a nailbiter," Gibbons said. "(Hernandez) settled in with that breaking ball, and we couldn't do much with it. ... Dave wasn't as sharp as he'd been his last couple outings, but (the ball) hung up."


  • Blue Jays LHP Gustavo Chacin was named AL rookie of the month for the second time this season after going 5-1 with a 2.99 ERA in July.
  • Hillenbrand was hit by a pitch for the 20th time this season, matching the franchise set by Johnson in 2003.
  • White Sox leadoff batter Scott Podsednik is 2-for-24 after going 0-for-5.
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Players of the Game

G. Zaun
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 0

P. Konerko
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1

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Toronto Blue Jays
Russ Adams, SS3000101 .268
Reed Johnson, LF3110111 .280
Vernon Wells, CF4000021 .278
Shea Hillenbrand, DH2100101 .293
    Aaron Hill, PR-DH0000000 .297
Corey Koskie, 3B3100112 .249
Gregg Zaun, C4113011 .275
Eric Hinske, 1B3021000 .252
Alex Rios, RF3000011 .278
Orlando Hudson, 2B3010000 .270
2B - Gregg Zaun (14, Hernandez)
RBI - Gregg Zaun 3 (42), Eric Hinske (49)
2-OUT RBI - Gregg Zaun 3 (10), Eric Hinske (18)
SB - Reed Johnson 2 (3, 2nd base off Hernandez/Pierzynski, 3rd base off Hernandez/Pierzynski), Shea Hillenbrand (3, 2nd base off Hernandez/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 2
Toronto Blue Jays
Dave Bush (W,2-5) 5733112 4.40
Pete Walker (H,4) 1.2000220 2.82
Vinnie Chulk (H,8) 1200000 3.38
Miguel Batista (S,18) 1.1000020 2.79
WP - Vinnie Chulk (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Dave Bush 78-53, Pete Walker 31-14, Vinnie Chulk 19-12, Miguel Batista 20-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dave Bush 8-6, Pete Walker 1-2, Vinnie Chulk 1-2, Miguel Batista 1-1
Batters Faced - Dave Bush 23, Pete Walker 7, Vinnie Chulk 5, Miguel Batista 4
Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, LF5000011 .288
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B4120100 .287
Carl Everett, DH4111122 .257
Paul Konerko, 1B3112103 .264
A.J. Pierzynski, C4020001 .273
Jermaine Dye, RF4010003 .273
Aaron Rowand, CF4010001 .288
Joe Crede, 3B4000013 .253
Juan Uribe, SS3010001 .244
   a- Geoff Blum, PH-SS1000012 .240
a-struck out for Uribe in the 8th
2B - Tadahito Iguchi (19, Bush), Jermaine Dye (17, Bush), Juan Uribe (14, Bush)
HR - Carl Everett (16, Bush), Paul Konerko (25, Bush)
RBI - Carl Everett (63), Paul Konerko 2 (68)
2-OUT RBI - Carl Everett (22), Paul Konerko 2 (23)
Team LOB - 9
Outfield Assists - Jermaine Dye 1, Aaron Rowand 1
DP - Hernandez-Uribe-Konerko, Rowand-Iguchi-Konerko, Uribe-Konerko
Chicago White Sox
Orlando Hernandez (L,8-4) 7544250 4.69
Neal Cotts 0.1000100 2.22
Cliff Politte 1000100 1.76
Damaso Marte 0.2000010 2.94
HBP - Hillenbrand (by Orlando Hernandez)
Pitches-Strikes - Orlando Hernandez 107-66, Neal Cotts 16-10, Cliff Politte 13-8, Damaso Marte 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Orlando Hernandez 5-8, Neal Cotts 1-0, Cliff Politte 2-0
Batters Faced - Orlando Hernandez 26, Neal Cotts 2, Cliff Politte 3, Damaso Marte 2
Game Information
Attendance - 28116
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 87
Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - Adam Dowdy, Second Base - Derryl Cousins, Third Base - Jeff Nelson