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Gonzalez goes deep in 12th as Jays run win streak to six

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CHICAGO -- When the Toronto Blue Jays delivered the final gut-wrenching twist to this one, all John Buck could do was smile and shrug.

He's used to this.

Alex Gonzalez hit the tiebreaking three-run homer in the 12th inning, Buck went deep twice and the Blue Jays won their sixth straight, beating the Chicago White Sox 7-4 on Friday night.

"This team's done well," Buck said. "We've been fighting all year. A lot of teams fold like that, and I think it shows the character of the guys."

Toronto has four wins when trailing after seven innings and 10 come-from-behind victories in all.

Gonzalez's shot off J.J. Putz (0-2) came after Vernon Wells walked with two outs and Lyle Overbay singled. He then drove a 1-2 fastball down the middle about 10 rows deep in left field for his ninth homer.

"I threw a splitter, which really didn't do anything," Putz said. "The whole inning, my splitter was good. It was the right pitch. It just didn't do what it was supposed to."

Gonzalez's drive made a winner of Scott Downs (1-3), who pitched two scoreless innings, and made up for a fly to center with the bases loaded to end the eighth.

"He's that kind of kid," Toronto manager Cito Gaston said. "He's not going to quit. As I said earlier in the year, hes not one of the kids I have trouble with."

Buck, who hit a two-run homer off Mark Buehrle, gave Toronto a 4-3 lead with a solo shot in the ninth off Bobby Jenks. Kevin Gregg, seeking his ninth save in as many chances, gave up a leadoff homer to A.J. Pierzynski in the bottom half that tied it.

Mark Kotsay and former Blue Jay Alex Rios homered for the White Sox.

Both teams got solid performances from their starting pitchers, with Toronto's Shaun Marcum going into the eighth and Buehrle finishing eight innings.

The game was sailing along until it took a wild turn.

"I think we all started making dinner plans and then it came to a screeching halt," Buck said.

The Blue Jays appeared to be in good shape, tying it in the eighth when Buehrle walked Wells with the bases loaded and then taking the lead on Buck's drive in the ninth. But there was more drama to come.

Pierzynski drove Gregg's first pitch in the bottom half into the right-field seats.

Carlos Quentin then walked and was sacrificed to second before Kotsay -- who came into the game with a .137 average -- was intentionally walked. Alexei Ramirez forced him with a slow roller toward shortstop, putting runners on the corners, before Juan Pierre popped up a bunt attempt to the mound to end the inning.

The White Sox got a one-out single from Andruw Jones in the 10th, but he was doubled off on Rios' liner to short. They also got a dominant relief effort from Matt Thornton, who came on in the top half and struck out five of the six batters he faced over two innings.

Buck hit a two-run shot off Buehrle in the fifth before Kotsay hit one off Marcum in the bottom half, and Rios then gave Chicago a 3-2 lead with a solo shot in the sixth. That put Buehrle in position for his first win in about a month, but the walk to Wells with the bases loaded in the eighth spoiled his best start since the season opener, when he threw seven scoreless innings against Cleveland.

He allowed three runs and eight hits while tying his longest outing this season after dropping his previous four starts. Still, he's winless since April 11.

Singles by Travis Snider and Freddy Lewis and a one-out walk to Jose Bautista loaded the bases for Wells, who already had two hits. This time, he walked on a 3-1 pitch after White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen visited the mound, tying it at 3.

Marcum allowed six hits. He left with two outs in eighth after Omar Vizqel singled and Gonzalez booted Jones' grounder to short, putting runners on first and second. Shawn Camp came on and retired Rios on a popup to first to end the threat.

Notes
  • The White Sox kept 1B Paul Konerko out of the lineup for the second straight game because of a sore neck and held out struggling 2B Gordon Beckham.
  • The Blue Jays held OF Adam Lind out of the lineup with the lefty Buehrle starting.
 
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Alex Gonzalez has some celebrating to do after taking J.J. Putz deep in the 12th inning. (AP)
Alex Gonzalez has some celebrating to do after taking J.J. Putz deep in the 12th inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Toronto

J. Buck
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 3
Chicago

M. Kotsay
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Toronto Blue Jays
Fred Lewis, LF6020031 .289
Aaron Hill, 2B6000003 .191
Jose Bautista, 3B4000220 .216
Vernon Wells, CF4121203 .331
Lyle Overbay, 1B6110015 .185
Alex Gonzalez, SS6113013 .264
Randy Ruiz, DH3120000 .167
   a- Adam Lind, PH-DH3000030 .237
John Buck, C5223011 .236
Travis Snider, RF5130010 .234
Totals487137412  
a-struck out for Ruiz in the 9th
Batting
2B - Randy Ruiz (1, Buehrle)
HR - Alex Gonzalez (9, Putz), John Buck 2 (7, Buehrle, Jenks)
RBI - Vernon Wells (22), Alex Gonzalez 3 (25), John Buck 3 (17)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Gonzalez 3 (12)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - A. Gonzalez-Overbay
E - Alex Gonzalez (6, Misplayed grounder)
Toronto Blue Jays
Shaun Marcum 7.2633022 3.19
Shawn Camp 0.1000000 2.35
Kevin Gregg (BS,1) 1111201 1.20
Jason Frasor 1100000 6.75
Scott Downs (W,1-3) 2000000 3.45
IBB - Kotsay by Kevin Gregg
Pitches-Strikes - Shaun Marcum 109-65, Shawn Camp 5-4, Kevin Gregg 18-7, Jason Frasor 6-5, Scott Downs 23-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shaun Marcum 10-12, Kevin Gregg 2-1, Scott Downs 3-3
Batters Faced - Shaun Marcum 30, Shawn Camp 1, Kevin Gregg 6, Jason Frasor 3, Scott Downs 6
Chicago White Sox
Juan Pierre, LF6000003 .216
Omar Vizquel, 2B5010010 .129
Andruw Jones, DH5020010 .268
Alex Rios, CF5111004 .301
A.J. Pierzynski, C5111000 .205
Carlos Quentin, RF4110100 .175
Mark Teahen, 3B4000001 .238
Mark Kotsay, 1B4112100 .145
Alexei Ramirez, SS5010001 .214
Totals4348422  
Batting
2B - Andruw Jones (4, Marcum), Carlos Quentin (6, Marcum), Alexei Ramirez (5, Marcum)
HR - Alex Rios (5, Marcum), A.J. Pierzynski (2, Gregg), Mark Kotsay (3, Marcum)
SH - Mark Teahen (1)
RBI - Alex Rios (15), A.J. Pierzynski (8), Mark Kotsay 2 (6)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Rios (11), Mark Kotsay 2 (3)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Teahen-Vizquel-Kotsay
Chicago White Sox
Mark Buehrle 8833241 4.96
Bobby Jenks 1311111 4.50
Matt Thornton 2000050 2.45
J.J. Putz (L,0-2) 1233121 4.91
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 100-70, Bobby Jenks 25-15, Matt Thornton 22-16, J.J. Putz 32-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 9-10, Bobby Jenks 2-0, Matt Thornton 1-0
Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 33, Bobby Jenks 7, Matt Thornton 6, J.J. Putz 6
Game Information
Attendance - 20072
Game Time - 3:12
Temperature - 54
Umpires - Home - Mike DiMuro, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - Bill Welke