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TORONTO -- Paul Konerko's base running as well as his power helped give the White Sox a much-needed victory.
"It was a gritty win," Konerko said. "It was a good win because we've played a lot of games that looked like that in this ballpark and they always seem to be losses."
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Chicago came in having lost 19 of their past 22 games in Toronto, but Konerko made sure they didn't lose on Tuesday. The veteran DH hit a game-tying home run and scored three runs as the White Sox won for only the second time in eight games.
The White Sox were swept in a three-game series in Washington last week and dropped two of three at Cleveland over the weekend before losing Monday's opener in Toronto.
"This has been a road trip from hell for us," slugger Adam Dunn said. "We haven't been able to score any runs."
"Those are the kind of things that help your offense as far as giving you a good feeling," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said.
Alexei Ramirez was intentionally walked and Darren Oliver came on to face Hector Gimenez, who drove in Konerko with a sacrifice fly to right. Konerko slid home safely when the throw from Davis missed wide.
"It's not always easy to score Paulie from third," Ventura said with a wry smile.
No one knows that better than Konerko.
"I'm never really confident when it comes to me trying to outrun a ball," he said. "I ran as fast as I could. Obviously the throw was off line a little bit. Even then it was still close."
Dunn called it a "hold your breath" play.
Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind hit back-to-back singles off Reed to begin the ninth, only the second and third hits he has allowed this season. Brett Lawrie followed with a sacrifice fly, but Reed got Rajai Davis and Maicer Izturis to fly out.
Delabar (1-1) allowed two runs and one hit in 1 1/3 innings.
The White Sox opened the scoring in the second, loading the bases with two singles and a walk before Konerko scored from third on a wild pitch by Blue Jays right-hander Josh Johnson.
Rasmus tied it in the bottom half with a two-out blast to center, his fourth.
Arencibia put the Blue Jays in front with a two-out homer in the sixth, his fifth of the season and second in two days.
Johnson had retired 10 consecutive White Sox batters, but his streak ended quickly in the seventh as he fell behind 3-0 on Konerko before allowing a game-tying homer to left. For Konerko, the drive was his third.
"His stuff was really good tonight," Konerko said of Johnson. "I got lucky to get a couple of fastballs that didn't have a lot of movement."
Neither starter figured in the decision. Chicago's Dylan Axelrod allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings, walked one and struck out four. Johnson allowed two runs and four hits in a season-high seven innings. He walked two and struck out eight, also a season high.
"He was terrific," manager John Gibbons said of Johnson. "I thought maybe early he was overthrowing a little bit but he settled in and did a great job. He kept us in the game. We're still waiting for the offense to break out."
Lawrie made his first start of the season after being activated off the 15-day disabled list Monday. Lawrie had been sidelined since early March with a strained left ribcage muscle suffered at the World Baseball Classic.
Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista was held out of the starting lineup for the second successive game suffering from a sore back and flu-like symptoms.
"He wasn't ready to pinch hit," Gibbons said. "Hopefully he'll be ready [Wednesday]."
|Players of the Game|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Alejandro De Aza, CF-LF||5||0||0||0||0||3||2||.228|
|Jeff Keppinger, 2B-1B||4||0||0||0||0||2||0||.196|
|Alex Rios, RF||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.352|
|Adam Dunn, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.120|
|Dewayne Wise, PR-CF||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Paul Konerko, DH||3||3||2||1||1||0||0||.250|
|Conor Gillaspie, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.387|
|Dayan Viciedo, LF||4||0||1||1||0||1||2||.190|
|Tyler Greene, PR-2B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.667|
|Alexei Ramirez, SS||2||0||1||0||2||0||0||.306|
|Hector Gimenez, C||3||0||0||1||0||1||3||.000|
|2B - Alex Rios (4, Johnson), Dayan Viciedo (2, Delabar)|
|HR - Paul Konerko (3, Johnson)|
|SF - Hector Gimenez (2)|
|RBI - Paul Konerko (10), Dayan Viciedo (5), Hector Gimenez (2)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Dunn|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Matt Lindstrom (W,1-0)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Addison Reed (S,5)||1||2||1||1||0||0||0||1.29|
|Pitches-Strikes - Dylan Axelrod 93-64, Hector Santiago 20-15, Matt Lindstrom 3-3, Addison Reed 14-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dylan Axelrod 7-5, Hector Santiago 1-3|
|Batters Faced - Dylan Axelrod 24, Hector Santiago 5, Matt Lindstrom 1, Addison Reed 5|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Emilio Bonifacio, RF-CF||4||0||0||0||0||2||0||.200|
|Melky Cabrera, LF||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.278|
|J.P. Arencibia, C||4||1||2||1||0||0||1||.269|
|Edwin Encarnacion, DH||4||1||2||0||0||0||2||.208|
|Adam Lind, 1B||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.222|
|Brett Lawrie, 3B||3||0||0||1||0||1||3||.000|
|Colby Rasmus, CF||2||1||2||1||0||0||0||.262|
|a- Rajai Davis, PH-RF||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.208|
|Maicer Izturis, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.179|
|Munenori Kawasaki, SS||2||0||0||0||1||0||0||.222|
|a-struck out for Rasmus in the 7th|
|HR - J.P. Arencibia (5, Axelrod), Colby Rasmus (4, Axelrod)|
|SF - Brett Lawrie (1)|
|RBI - J.P. Arencibia (10), Brett Lawrie (1), Colby Rasmus (6)|
|2-OUT RBI - J.P. Arencibia (2), Colby Rasmus (1)|
|CS - Munenori Kawasaki (1, 2nd base by Axelrod/Gimenez)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Steve Delabar (L,1-1)||1.1||1||2||2||3||2||0||3.12|
|IBB - A. Ramirez by Steve Delabar|
|WP - Josh Johnson (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Josh Johnson 107-65, Steve Delabar 36-16, Darren Oliver 4-3|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Johnson 6-7, Steve Delabar 2-0, Darren Oliver 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Josh Johnson 27, Steve Delabar 8, Darren Oliver 2|
|Attendance - 16131|
|Game Time - 2:42|
|Temperature - 68|
|Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Manny Gonzalez, Third Base - Tony Randazzo|