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Burnett helps Blue Jays snap seven-game slide in 7-3 win

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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TORONTO -- A.J. Burnett helped end Toronto's longest losing streak in four years by outpitching one of the best starters in the American League.

Burnett pitched six innings and Aaron Hill a two-run single off Jose Contreras to help the Blue Jays beat the Chicago White Sox 7-3 Sunday, snapping a seven-game losing streak.

Burnett (3-5) allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings. He struck out five and walked two to stop his two-game losing streak. Burnett, who signed a five-year, $55 million contract in the offseason, missed two months with elbow problems.

He lasted just four innings in each of his previous two starts during a 2-8 road trip that manager John Gibbons said would make or break the Blue Jays' season.

"We were in bad slump," Burnett said. "We all could have easily just shut it down, but there is so much heart in here."

Contreras (10-4) lost for the fourth time in his last five starts. The Cuban right-hander allowed five runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings.

"He lost it. He lost it for one inning," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said.

Jim Thome went 2-for-3 for the White Sox, who finished 6-3 on their road trip.

"We did good against A.J., but he settled down and had a good game," Guillen said.

Fans booed after Toronto fell behind 3-0, but the Blue Jays rallied with a four-run fourth inning. Vernon Wells doubled in a run and scored on Alex Rios' double. Hill added a two-run single to give Toronto a 4-3 lead.

Hill said the victory provided relief.

"Now we can take a deep breath," Hill said. "We can relax. We don't have to go out there and try to win. We can just go out there and play."

Catalanotto doubled in a run in the seventh and Wells singled him in to make it 6-3.

Scott Schoeneweis, Justin Speier and B.J. Ryan each threw a scoreless inning of relief for the Blue Jays.

"This is a load off," Gibbons said. "Nobody likes to go through that. We got too good of a team to stay in that for too long."

Jermaine Dye singled in Thome in the first and Paul Konerko hit an RBI single in the third for the White Sox. Konerko's single drove in Thome, who doubled in Scott Podsednik.

Bengie Molina's homer off David Riske made it 7-3 in the eighth.

Notes

  • Toronto's seven-game losing streak was its longest since it lost nine straight from April 24-May 3, 2002.
  • The White Sox begin an 11-game homestand Monday with a makeup game versus the Los Angeles Angels.
  • Hill returned after missing Saturday's game with food poisoning.
  • 3B Joe Crede missed the game with a stiff back, but his injury is not considered serious and he's expected to return for Monday's game against the Los Angeles Angels.
 
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Closer B.J. Ryan works the ninth inning, allowing a hit while striking out one batter.  (AP)
Closer B.J. Ryan works the ninth inning, allowing a hit while striking out one batter. (AP)

Players of the Game
Toronto

A. Burnett
IP 6.0
H 8
ER 3
BB 2
K 5
Toronto

V. Wells
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, LF5110012 .267
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B4000011 .283
Jim Thome, DH3221110 .301
Paul Konerko, 1B3011111 .304
Jermaine Dye, RF4021011 .319
A.J. Pierzynski, C4010005 .317
Alex Cintron, SS4010011 .280
Rob Mackowiak, 3B3000010 .302
   a- Pablo Ozuna, PH1000010 .342
Brian Anderson, CF4020010 .217
Totals3531032911 
a-struck out for Mackowiak in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jim Thome (16, Burnett), Brian Anderson (15, Burnett)
SH - Tadahito Iguchi (5)
RBI - Jim Thome (84), Paul Konerko (80), Jermaine Dye (83)
2-OUT RBI - Jermaine Dye (36)
CS - Alex Cintron (2, 2nd base by Burnett/Molina)
Team LOB - 8
Chicago White Sox
Jose Contreras (L,10-4) 6.2666240 3.75
Mike MacDougal0100100 1.13
Neal Cotts 0.1000010 3.27
David Riske 1111001 3.41
HBP - Hill (by Jose Contreras)
Pitches-Strikes - Jose Contreras 112-73, Mike MacDougal 8-3, Neal Cotts 4-3, David Riske 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Contreras 6-10
Batters Faced - Jose Contreras 29, Mike MacDougal 2, Neal Cotts 1, David Riske 4
Toronto Blue Jays
Reed Johnson, LF4000023 .341
Frank Catalanotto, DH4221000 .316
Vernon Wells, CF4122000 .321
Troy Glaus, 3B3000101 .264
Eric Hinske, 1B3100122 .276
    Lyle Overbay, 1B0000000 .297
Alex Rios, RF4121000 .321
Bengie Molina, C4111003 .274
Aaron Hill, 2B3112000 .302
John McDonald, SS3000111 .220
Totals327873510 
Batting
2B - Frank Catalanotto 2 (22, Contreras, Contreras), Vernon Wells (28, Contreras), Alex Rios (21, Contreras)
HR - Bengie Molina (9, Riske)
RBI - Frank Catalanotto (48), Vernon Wells 2 (80), Alex Rios (56), Bengie Molina (28), Aaron Hill 2 (34)
2-OUT RBI - Frank Catalanotto (13), Vernon Wells (27), Aaron Hill 2 (16)
SB - Alex Rios (11, 2nd base off Contreras/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 5
Toronto Blue Jays
A.J. Burnett (W,3-5) 6833250 4.81
Scott Schoeneweis (H,18) 1000010 6.11
Justin Speier (H,22) 1100020 3.07
B.J. Ryan 1100010 1.51
Pitches-Strikes - A.J. Burnett 98-62, Scott Schoeneweis 9-7, Justin Speier 21-16, B.J. Ryan 7-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A.J. Burnett 7-5, Scott Schoeneweis 1-1
Batters Faced - A.J. Burnett 27, Scott Schoeneweis 3, Justin Speier 4, B.J. Ryan 4
Game Information
Attendance - 36453
Game Time - 2:38
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - C.B. Bucknor, Third Base - John Hirschbeck