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Hillenbrand's extra-inning heroics win it for Jays

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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TORONTO -- White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen threatened to make changes after a tough loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Shea Hillenbrand homered in the 11th inning to give the Blue Jays a 3-2 win over Chicago on Saturday.

Guillen ripped his team after they failed to execute some plays and went 3-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

"If they're not willing to play, there's going to be a lot of changes to this lineup pretty soon," said Guillen, whose team is in second place in the AL Central with a 31-17 record.

"The execution was terrible, horrible. We didn't lose this game because of a home run, we lost this game because we didn't do what we're supposed to do on the field from the first inning. We didn't bunt the ball when we were supposed to bunt the ball."

Guillen also might have been upset at Jermaine Dye, who didn't hustle and was thrown out by right fielder Alex Rios while trying to go first to third on Joe Crede's single. It was the last out of the 10th.

"If they want to be a bad team, they can continue to do that, I'll play somebody else. I don't care who they are and what they do. My job is to try and win games and that's what I'm going to do. If they don't like what I say, they can leave and do whatever they want to do," Guillen said. "We're better than this. We're way better than this. If you want to be in second place, keep playing like that. If you want to win, we have to be better and that starts right now. It's not because Detroit is winning."

Crede said they just lost to a tough team.

"I'm not the manager. I'm not the one who makes decisions, but you got to look at the position we are in. It's a good ballclub over there. We fought them pretty good," Crede said.

With one out, Hillenbrand homered to left off Jeff Nelson (0-1). It was Hillenbrand's seventh homer of the season.

Hillenbrand apparently read reports about a possible trade to the Los Angeles Angels because he all but pleaded to stay with Toronto.

"I love my teammates. We have all been supportive of each other. We've all been leaning on each other. The camaraderie in this clubhouse is unbelievable," Hillenbrand said. "That's why I love B.J. Ryan. He went out there and blew his first save, but he didn't care. He didn't let that get to him. He did an unbelievable job. I love my teammates here. We are having fun in here. These are the best guys I've been around in baseball."

Scott Schoeneweis (1-0) got the last out of the top of 11th for the victory.

Ryan blew his first save of the season in the ninth after converting his first 11 chances.

Crede led off the ninth with a double and advanced to third on Pablo Ozuna's sacrifice bunt. Catcher Gregg Zaun bobbled the ball, allowing Ozuna to reach first on an error.

Juan Uribe followed with an infield single that tied the game 2-2.

Frank Catalanotto gave Toronto a 2-1 lead in the eighth with an RBI double off Brandon McCarthy. Aaron Hill led off the inning with a single before advancing to second on John McDonald's sacrifice bunt. Alex Rios popped up for the second out, but Catalanotto hit a curveball into the corner in left.

The White Sox wasted a fine start from Jose Contreras, who got a no-decision despite allowing just one run and five hits in seven innings.

Since losing to Minnesota on Aug. 15, Contreras has made 16 starts, winning 13. The streak is the fourth-longest by a White Sox pitcher since 1970, and the longest since Wilson Alvarez put up 15 straight wins from Aug. 24, 1993-May 27, 1994.

Toronto rookie Casey Janssen also pitched well, allowing just one run and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings. He lowered his ERA to 3.25.

"I kept my team in the game," Janssen said.

Scott Podsednik's based loaded walk gave Chicago a 1-0 lead in the first, but Zaun's RBI grounder tied it in the bottom half.

Notes

  • Rios has a career-high 13 game hit streak.
  • Chicago DH Jim Thome went 0-for-6 with three strikeouts.
  • The White Sox played eight straight games in stadiums that have roofs before playing in the open air in Toronto's Rogers Center on Saturday. "It's a beautiful park. There's nothing better in baseball than when the sunshine is out. We come from Chicago. It's kinda of cold. It's a nice today," Guillen said.
 
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Eric Hinske gets thrown out stealing second in the 11th, but Shea Hillenbrand's homer saves the day.  (AP)
Eric Hinske gets thrown out stealing second in the 11th, but Shea Hillenbrand's homer saves the day. (AP)

Players of the Game
Toronto

S. Hillenbrand
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Chicago

J. Crede
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, LF5011112 .278
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B6020025 .301
Jim Thome, DH6000035 .292
Paul Konerko, 1B5010021 .307
Jermaine Dye, RF5010001 .283
A.J. Pierzynski, C5120011 .336
Joe Crede, 3B5130002 .296
Rob Mackowiak, CF2010113 .278
   a- Pablo Ozuna, PH0000000 .400
    Brian Anderson, CF1010000 .171
Juan Uribe, SS5021005 .200
Totals45214221025 
a-hit a sacrifice bunt for Mackowiak in the 9th
Batting
2B - Joe Crede (11, Ryan)
SH - Pablo Ozuna (1)
RBI - Scott Podsednik (14), Juan Uribe (14)
2-OUT RBI - Scott Podsednik (8)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Crede-Iguchi-Konerko, Pierzynski-Iguchi
E - Jose Contreras (1, Wild throw)
Chicago White Sox
Jose Contreras 7511130 1.83
Brandon McCarthy 1211100 5.19
Matt Thornton 1.1100210 3.68
Jeff Nelson (L,0-1) 1111111 6.75
Pitches-Strikes - Jose Contreras 111-64, Brandon McCarthy 30-17, Matt Thornton 26-15, Jeff Nelson 19-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Contreras 9-7, Brandon McCarthy 2-1
Batters Faced - Jose Contreras 25, Brandon McCarthy 6, Matt Thornton 7, Jeff Nelson 4
Toronto Blue Jays
Alex Rios, RF4010102 .361
Frank Catalanotto, LF4011001 .315
    Reed Johnson, PR-LF1000001 .350
Vernon Wells, CF4000112 .317
Troy Glaus, 3B5110013 .262
Lyle Overbay, 1B3010110 .299
    Eric Hinske, PR-1B0000100 .270
Shea Hillenbrand, DH5121002 .340
Gregg Zaun, C4011001 .343
Aaron Hill, 2B3110111 .250
John McDonald, SS2010000 .242
    Luis Figueroa, SS1000012 .000
Totals363935515 
Batting
2B - Frank Catalanotto (9, McCarthy), Lyle Overbay (10, Thornton)
HR - Shea Hillenbrand (7, Nelson)
SH - John McDonald (2)
RBI - Frank Catalanotto (17), Shea Hillenbrand (23), Gregg Zaun (16)
2-OUT RBI - Frank Catalanotto (4)
CS - Eric Hinske (1, 2nd base by Nelson/Pierzynski), Gregg Zaun (1, 2nd base by Contreras/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Alex Rios 1
DP - Glaus-Hill-Hinske
E - Gregg Zaun (2, Wild throw)
Toronto Blue Jays
Casey Janssen 5.1711230 3.25
Scott Downs 1.2000030 4.13
Justin Speier 1000000 2.45
B.J. Ryan (BS,1) 2411040 0.77
Jason Frasor 0.2100000 7.16
Scott Schoeneweis (W,1-0) 0.1200000 7.53
Pitches-Strikes - Casey Janssen 102-62, Scott Downs 17-12, Justin Speier 4-2, B.J. Ryan 32-23, Jason Frasor 6-5, Scott Schoeneweis 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Casey Janssen 10-3, Scott Downs 2-0, B.J. Ryan 2-0, Jason Frasor 1-0
Batters Faced - Casey Janssen 25, Scott Downs 5, Justin Speier 3, B.J. Ryan 10, Jason Frasor 2, Scott Schoeneweis 3
Game Information
Attendance - 30063
Game Time - 3:32
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Randy Marsh