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Pierzynski's blast helps Garland outduel Toronto's Halladay

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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TORONTO -- Ozzie Guillen didn't think his Chicago White Sox could rally against Toronto even with his top two sluggers back in the lineup.

A.J. Pierzynski hit a three-run homer and Jon Garland outpitched Roy Halladay to win his eighth straight decision, leading the White Sox to a 6-4 victory over the slumping Blue Jays on Friday night.

"Coming back in that game is something special," said Guillen, who called Halladay one of the American League's best. "I never thought we'd rally like that. I thought it would be tough for us."

Sluggers Jim Thome and Paul Konerko returned to the Chicago lineup. Thome went 3-for-4 with a walk after missing four games because of tendinitis in his right wrist and back spasms.

Konerko went 3-for-3 with two walks after missing a game with a bruised left arm.

"When you go down 3-0 and have Halladay on the mound, to rally is big," Pierzynski said.

Troy Glaus hit two homers for the Blue Jays, who have a season-high six-game losing streak -- their longest since losing six straight from July 9-18, 2004. It was Glaus' fifth multihomer game of the season and 23rd of his career. Glaus has 30 homers this season, seven behind his total for Arizona last season.

Garland (12-3) hasn't lost since June 8, at Detroit -- a span of 11 starts.

Garland settled down after allowing Glaus' homer in the first. He allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings -- lowering his ERA to 4.99. He struck out two and walked none.

Brandon McCarthy followed Garland with two scoreless innings and Bobby Jenks pitched the ninth for his 30th save in 32 chances.

"To be able to come back off Halladay is something we can build off. It will build our confidence," Garland said.

Toronto returned home after a 2-8 road trip that manager John Gibbons said would make or break their season.

Fans booed after Pierzynski gave Chicago a 5-3 lead in the fifth with his homer off Halladay (13-3).

Halladay -- the 2003 AL Cy Young winner -- lost for the first time since June 18, at Florida -- a span of nine starts. He tied his season high by allowing five runs and 10 hits in six-plus innings.

"It's a tough team. I wasn't able to hold it. It's frustrating, especially with the way things have gone for our guys here," Halladay said. "It came down to one pitch, Pierzynski, and that was the game."

Glaus hit a three-run homer over the center field wall in the first and added a solo shot to right in the ninth.

Thome hit an RBI double in the third and Scott Podsednik had a run-scoring double in the fourth to cut it to 3-2.

Thome doubled in the fifth and Konerko singled before Pierzynski hit his ninth home run.

After Konerko beat out an infield single in the ninth, Jermaine Dye hit an RBI single to make it 6-3.

Notes

  • Garland is 8-2 in 12 starts against Toronto.
  • Halladay threw 30 pitches in the first inning.
  • The White Sox have won 15 of their last 24 against the Blue Jays.
 
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Hats off to White Sox P Jon Garland, who pitches six innings en route to recording his eighth win in a row.  (AP)
Hats off to White Sox P Jon Garland, who pitches six innings en route to recording his eighth win in a row. (AP)

Players of the Game
Toronto

T. Glaus
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 4
Chicago

A. Pierzynski
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, LF5121001 .271
    Brian Anderson, CF0000000 .210
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B5000023 .285
Jim Thome, DH4131110 .294
Paul Konerko, 1B3130200 .302
    Ross Gload, PR-1B0100000 .284
Jermaine Dye, RF5011007 .314
A.J. Pierzynski, C5223012 .321
Joe Crede, 3B4010020 .298
Rob Mackowiak, CF-LF4000032 .307
Juan Uribe, SS3000112 .246
Totals38612641017 
Batting
2B - Scott Podsednik (23, Halladay), Jim Thome 2 (15, Halladay, Halladay)
HR - A.J. Pierzynski (9, Halladay)
RBI - Scott Podsednik (38), Jim Thome (83), Jermaine Dye (80), A.J. Pierzynski 3 (40)
2-OUT RBI - Scott Podsednik (18), Jim Thome (23), Jermaine Dye (34)
SB - Scott Podsednik (31, 2nd base off Halladay/Molina), Ross Gload (2, 2nd base off Speier/Molina)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Uribe-Iguchi-Konerko, Uribe-Konerko, Uribe-Iguchi-Konerko, Crede-Iguchi-Konerko
Chicago White Sox
Jon Garland (W,12-3) 6833021 4.99
Brandon McCarthy (H,10) 2100020 3.99
Bobby Jenks (S,30) 1111031 3.99
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Garland 114-73, Brandon McCarthy 26-17, Bobby Jenks 14-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Garland 6-6, Brandon McCarthy 1-2
Batters Faced - Jon Garland 22, Brandon McCarthy 6, Bobby Jenks 4
Toronto Blue Jays
Reed Johnson, LF4110010 .351
Eric Hinske, DH4110020 .280
Vernon Wells, CF4020022 .323
Troy Glaus, 3B4224002 .265
Lyle Overbay, 1B4010010 .296
Alex Rios, RF3010001 .323
Bengie Molina, C3000001 .275
Aaron Hill, 2B-SS3020001 .302
John McDonald, SS2000001 .230
   a- Gregg Zaun, PH1000010 .269
    Ryan Roberts, 2B0000000 .167
Totals324104078 
a-struck out for McDonald in the 8th
Batting
HR - Troy Glaus 2 (30, Garland, Jenks)
RBI - Troy Glaus 4 (84)
2-OUT RBI - Troy Glaus (19)
CS - Alex Rios (6, 2nd base by Garland/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 1
Fielding
DP - Hill-McDonald-Overbay
Toronto Blue Jays
Roy Halladay (L,13-3) 61055371 3.21
Jeremy Accardo 2000120 4.41
Justin Speier 1211010 3.14
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 112-73, Jeremy Accardo 28-17, Justin Speier 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 8-3, Jeremy Accardo 2-1, Justin Speier 1-1
Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 31, Jeremy Accardo 6, Justin Speier 5
Game Information
Attendance - 30060
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - John Hirschbeck, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - Mark Carlson