Toronto at Chicago

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White Sox 5, Blue Jays 4

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CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox weren't shopping for a power hitter when they signed Tadahito Iguchi from Japan in January. They didn't expect him to hit 24 home runs, as he did last season for the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks. Still, they're happy to take the occasional long ball.

Iguchi led off the eighth inning Thursday with a tiebreaking homer, and the White Sox avoided a three-game sweep with a 5-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

"He was a great player in Japan," said center fielder Aaron Rowand, who hit a three-run homer in the first inning. "They don't always translate into great players over here, but a few of them have."

After going 2-for-3, Iguchi is 16-for-33 in his last nine games and is batting .290 for the season. His ninth home run came after came after Toronto's Russ Adams tied the game with an RBI double off Damaso Marte in the top of the eighth.

Iguchi lifted an 0-1 pitch from Justin Speier (1-2) on the outside part of the plate over the right-field fence. The solo shot made a winner of Luis Vizcaino (5-5), who retired the final three batters in the top of the eighth.

"At first, I was hoping for a base hit or an extra-base hit," Iguchi said. "The final result was a home run. That's a good thing."

When he released the pitch, Speier thought the ball would land in right fielder Alex Rios' glove.

"I didn't know he had that much pop to right," Speier said.

Dustin Hermanson worked the ninth for his 26th save in 27 opportunities.

White Sox starter Jose Contreras did not allow an earned run in five innings.

Toronto's Dustin McGowan, making his second major-league start, gave up four runs and four hits in five innings. Adams was 3-for-5 with a triple and two doubles, but the Blue Jays went 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position and stranded 12.

Rowand hit his eighth homer during a four-run first inning. Designated hitter Carl Everett went 1-for-2 with a single and walk but left with a mild strain of his left groin. He is expected to miss two to three games.

A day after stranding nine and going 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position, the White Sox jumped ahead in the first inning.

After Iguchi walked with one out, Everett singled and Paul Konerko drove in the first run with a single. McGowan threw a wild pitch, putting runners at second and third, then Rowand's shot to center made it 4-0.

It was a rough beginning for the 23-year-old McGowan, who held Texas to one run and two hits in five innings Saturday but did not get a decision.

The inconsistent Contreras, who had a 5.92 ERA in his previous four starts, kept the Blue Jays off balance with pitches ranging from the high 70s (mph) to mid 90s.

A throwing error by third baseman Joe Crede led to three unearned runs for the Blue Jays in the fourth.

With two on and one out, Crede fielded a grounder by Rios but overthrew first base. That allowed Gregg Zaun to score from second, and it put runners at second and third. The next batter, Orlando Hudson, drove in a run with a groundout, and Rios scored on a triple by Adams that cut Chicago's lead to 4-3.

Vernon Wells led off the fifth with a double. But with one out, Iguchi made a leaping catch of Corey Koskie's line drive. After walking Zaun, Contreras got a groundout.

Adams led off the sixth with a double, but the Blue Jays didn't capitalize, nor did they take advantage in the seventh when Cliff Politte and Marte combined to walk three batters. With a runner on and one out, Marte came in and struck out Koskie. Zaun and Eric Hinske walked before Rios grounded out.

Hudson singled leading off the eighth and Adams followed with the tying double that chased Marte. After Reed Johnson sacrificed, Rowand robbed Wells with a shoestring catch in center and Shea Hillenbrand fouled out.

"In that situation, the first move is to try to get behind the ball so you can get something on the throw," Rowand said. "I realized he didn't hit it as far as I anticipated, and I had to run in and make the catch."

Notes

Hinske made a nice play at 1B in the fourth when he dived to his right to stop Konerko's one-hopper. ... The White Sox avoided being swept for the second time this season. They also took the season series 4-2. ... The White Sox have outscored opponents 95-48 in the first inning. ... Rowand is hitting .341 (29-for-85) in his last 21 games. ... Toronto was trying for its first series sweep in Chicago since taking a two-game set in April 1997. ... Adams is batting .375 (21-for-56) in his last 13 games.
 
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Chicago

T. Iguchi
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Chicago

A. Rowand
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Toronto Blue Jays
Russ Adams, SS5032000 .274
Reed Johnson, LF4010022 .279
Vernon Wells, CF5010012 .277
Shea Hillenbrand, 3B4000113 .290
Corey Koskie, DH5000022 .242
Gregg Zaun, C1100410 .274
Eric Hinske, 1B4120112 .254
Alex Rios, RF3100103 .276
Orlando Hudson, 2B4111003 .269
Totals354837817 
Batting
2B - Russ Adams 2 (16, Cotts, Marte), Reed Johnson (11, Contreras), Vernon Wells (23, Contreras)
3B - Russ Adams (5, Contreras)
SH - Reed Johnson (1)
RBI - Russ Adams 2 (48), Orlando Hudson (49)
2-OUT RBI - Russ Adams (12)
SB - Eric Hinske (7, 2nd base off Contreras/Widger)
Team LOB - 12
Toronto Blue Jays
Dustin McGowan 5444321 4.50
Jason Frasor 2200020 4.22
Justin Speier (L,1-2) 1111101 2.40
WP - Dustin McGowan (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Dustin McGowan 95-52, Jason Frasor 36-21, Justin Speier 19-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dustin McGowan 7-5, Jason Frasor 3-0
Batters Faced - Dustin McGowan 21, Jason Frasor 7, Justin Speier 5
Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, LF4010010 .287
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B3221111 .290
Carl Everett, DH2110100 .259
   a- Timo Perez, PH-DH1000000 .229
Paul Konerko, 1B3111112 .264
    Juan Uribe, PR-SS0000000 .244
Aaron Rowand, CF3113111 .288
Jermaine Dye, RF4010002 .273
Chris Widger, C3000001 .260
Geoff Blum, SS-1B3000001 .237
Joe Crede, 3B3000000 .251
Totals29575448 
a-flied out for Everett in the 8th
Batting
HR - Tadahito Iguchi (9, Speier), Aaron Rowand (8, McGowan)
RBI - Tadahito Iguchi (43), Paul Konerko (69), Aaron Rowand 3 (45)
CS - Scott Podsednik (16, 2nd base by Frasor/Zaun), Carl Everett (5, 2nd base by McGowan/Zaun)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Joe Crede (7, Wild throw)
Chicago White Sox
Jose Contreras 5530440 4.41
Neal Cotts (H,9) 0.2100000 2.18
Cliff Politte (H,13) 0.2000100 1.74
Damaso Marte (BS,4) 0.2211210 3.15
Luis Vizcaino (W,5-5) 1000000 3.81
Dustin Hermanson (S,26) 1000030 1.71
WP - Jose Contreras (16)
Pitches-Strikes - Jose Contreras 102-62, Neal Cotts 15-9, Cliff Politte 16-8, Damaso Marte 24-14, Luis Vizcaino 12-8, Dustin Hermanson 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Contreras 7-5, Neal Cotts 2-0, Cliff Politte 1-1, Damaso Marte 1-0, Luis Vizcaino 1-2
Batters Faced - Jose Contreras 25, Neal Cotts 3, Cliff Politte 3, Damaso Marte 6, Luis Vizcaino 3, Dustin Hermanson 3
Game Information
Attendance - 32027
Game Time - 3:13
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Adam Dowdy, First Base - Derryl Cousins, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - Bill Miller