Toronto at Chicago

W: J. Litsch (11-8) L: C. Richard (2-4)
HR: TOR - M. Scutaro (7), S. Rolen (9), V. Wells (17)   CHW - None

Blue Jays sweep douple dip from ChiSox, extend win streak to 10 wire reports

CHICAGO -- The Toronto Blue Jays are on such a good run they think they can make the playoffs.

Marco Scutaro hit a leadoff homer, Scott Rolen and Vernon Wells went deep and the Blue Jays beat the Chicago White Sox 8-2 to complete a day-night doubleheader sweep Tuesday and extend their winning streak to 10.

Besides the sweep, the White Sox also got a big scare.

Paul Konerko was helped off the field in the top of the fifth inning of the nightcap with what the team called a mildly sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee, and he thinks that's just what it is -- a sprain and nothing more. He'll find out Wednesday when he has an MRI.

"I felt that knee cave inward and kind of click in there, a couple clicks further than it probably should go," Konerko said. "It put me down right away. It scared me more than anything. It hurt, but the pain went away. That scared me more because you hear people say it doesn't hurt when you blow something out."

That was the lone bit of good news for the White Sox on a day they saw their lead over Minnesota in the American League Central drop from 2½ to one game.

The Blue Jays continued their late push toward a playoff spot, moving within seven games of the Red Sox in the AL wild-card race as a three-day, four-game weekend showdown in Boston approaches. Toronto is on its longest winning streak since taking a franchise-record 11 in a row in from Aug. 27-Sept. 7, 1998, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

"We've got to keep it rolling," said Jesse Litsch, who pitched seven strong innings in the second game. "We're in a race."

Toronto took the opener 3-1 as A.J. Burnett allowed one hit in seven innings -- a hard drive off his third baseman.

Chicago didn't fare any better against Litsch (11-8) in the nightcap.

The right-hander allowed two runs and six hits, struck out six and walked two after pitching a four-hit shutout against Minnesota last week.

Scutaro hit his second career leadoff homer, and Rolen's two-run shot highlighted a four-run fifth in which the Blue Jays took a 5-2 lead and knocked out Clayton Richard (2-4).

Rolen's drive made it 3-2, and Richard left shortly after with runners on first and second with none out. D.J. Carrasco came in and with one out, Alex Rios drove a run-scoring single to right.

Konerko cut off Jermaine Dye's throw toward the plate and his knee buckled as he released a throw toward second. Rios was eventually tagged out in a rundown, but Konerko writhed in pain before leaving the field.

While an agitated manager Ozzie Guillen called it a "week by week" situation and said "make sure you don't ask me everyday about P.K." before walking away, Konerko seemed confident there was no major damage.

He said the MRI was simply for "peace of mind."

Considering MVP candidate Carlos Quentin broke his right wrist last week, the last thing the White Sox need is to lose Konerko. If he is out for an extended time?

"I still believe they can do it," Guillen said.

They didn't get the job done Tuesday.

Richard allowed five runs and five hits, and Lance Broadway gave up a solo homer to Wells in the ninth.


  • Chicago 2B Alexei Ramirez was selected AL rookie of the month after batting .308 with six homers and 22 RBI.
  • White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen reiterated he expects LF Carlos Quentin to miss the rest of the regular season after surgery for his broken right wrist on Monday. "It's going to take awhile," Guillen said. "Hopefully, if we make the playoffs, we can count on him in the playoffs. Right now, to get to the playoffs, I don't think he can help out."
  • Vazquez's mother-in-law fainted during the game. The right-hander was not available for comment afterward.
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Vernon Wells rounds the bases after blasting a home run in the ninth inning against the White Sox.  (AP)
Vernon Wells rounds the bases after blasting a home run in the ninth inning against the White Sox. (AP)

Players of the Game

A. Rios
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0

J. Dye
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0

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Toronto Blue Jays
Marco Scutaro, 2B4321103 .261
Jose Bautista, 1B2000000 .244
    Lyle Overbay, 1B1000001 .278
Alex Rios, CF5032000 .298
Vernon Wells, DH5122001 .298
Rod Barajas, C5000024 .253
Adam Lind, LF5120001 .299
Kevin Mench, RF3110101 .238
Scott Rolen, 3B3122110 .250
John McDonald, SS4121001 .219
2B - Alex Rios (44, Richard), Vernon Wells (18, Carrasco)
HR - Marco Scutaro (7, Richard), Vernon Wells (17, Broadway), Scott Rolen (9, Richard)
SH - Jose Bautista 2 (8)
RBI - Marco Scutaro (51), Alex Rios 2 (70), Vernon Wells 2 (68), Scott Rolen 2 (42), John McDonald (18)
2-OUT RBI - Vernon Wells (27)
SB - Adam Lind (2, 2nd base off Carrasco/Hall)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Rolen-Scutaro-J. Bautista
Toronto Blue Jays
Jesse Litsch (W,11-8) 7622260 3.70
Jesse Carlson 1100100 1.87
Brandon League 1200000 1.86
Pitches-Strikes - Jesse Litsch 112-74, Jesse Carlson 12-7, Brandon League 19-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jesse Litsch 6-8, Jesse Carlson 1-2, Brandon League 3-0
Batters Faced - Jesse Litsch 28, Jesse Carlson 5, Brandon League 5
Chicago White Sox
Orlando Cabrera, SS4110103 .276
Dewayne Wise, LF-RF5120012 .296
Jermaine Dye, RF4022011 .294
    Jerry Owens, PR-LF0000000 .143
Jim Thome, DH2000211 .245
Paul Konerko, 1B2000002 .244
    Nick Swisher, 1B2000011 .225
Ken Griffey Jr., CF4010002 .246
Alexei Ramirez, 2B3000011 .296
   a- Jason Bourgeois, PH1000000 .000
Juan Uribe, 3B4020010 .243
Toby Hall, C4010002 .267
a-grounded out for A. Ramirez in the 9th
2B - Dewayne Wise (3, Litsch), Jermaine Dye 2 (37, Litsch, Carlson)
RBI - Jermaine Dye 2 (85)
Team LOB - 9
Outfield Assists - Jermaine Dye 1
DP - Uribe-Swisher, A. Ramirez-Cabrera-Swisher
E - Alexei Ramirez (12, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago White Sox
Clayton Richard (L,2-4) 4555112 6.94
D.J. Carrasco 2300110 3.28
Adam Russell 1.1522100 5.26
Boone Logan 0.2000000 5.40
Lance Broadway 1111011 8.49
IBB - Rolen by D.J. Carrasco
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Richard 53-35, D.J. Carrasco 30-18, Adam Russell 26-17, Lance Broadway 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Richard 8-4, D.J. Carrasco 2-1, Adam Russell 2-2, Boone Logan 1-0, Lance Broadway 1-1
Batters Faced - Clayton Richard 19, D.J. Carrasco 8, Adam Russell 10, Boone Logan 1, Lance Broadway 4
Game Information
Attendance - 28505
Game Time - 2:37
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Chris Tiller