White Sox Avoid Sweep By Blue Jays
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CHICAGO (AP) — Orlando Hudson singled in the winning run with two outs in the ninth inning to give the Chicago White Sox a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday night.
Dayan Viciedo had a one-out single, and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Alexei Ramirez then flew out to center, and Hudson followed with the winning single.
Chicago avoided a sweep to improve to 15-4 in its last 19 games.
The White Sox pitched out of trouble in the eighth and ninth innings. With Yunel Escobar on third with one out in the eighth, Nate Jones struck out Omar Vizquel and got Yan Jones on a force out. In the ninth, Addison Reed struck out Dan Johnson to end the inning with Jose Bautista on second.
Reed (1-1) earned his first major League victory. Francisco Cordero (1-2) was the loser.
Toronto took a 3-1 lead with a three-run second. David Cooper and Escobar led off with singles and scored on Mike McCoy’s bases-loaded single. Toronto added another run on an error by Alexei Ramirez. He made a diving stop on a grounder up the middle, but flipped the ball wide of second attempting to make a force, allowing J.P. Arencibia to score.
The White Sox tied it in the sixth when Alex Rios followed Paul Konerko’s single with home run that just cleared the wall in left field. Chicago opened the scoring in the first on Rios’ RBI single.
Jake Peavy started for Chicago, but struggled with his command. He battled through six-plus innings allowing four hits and five walks. He also hit a batter.
Henderson Alvarez pitched seven innings of three-run ball for the Blue Jays, after posting a 6.08 ERA over his previous four outings.
Konerko returned to the lineup for the White Sox after missing three games with a bone spur in his left wrist. The American League’s leading hitter at .371, he singling twice in three at-bats and drew a walk.
NOTES: Prior to the game, the White Sox placed OF Kosuke Fukudome on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right Oblique and called up OF Jordan Danks. Danks made his major league debut when he pinch ran in the eighth. He’s the brother of White Sox LHP John Danks, currently on the disabled list with a strained shoulder. … The White Sox host Houston on Friday night, with Gavin Floyd (4-5, 4.32) on the mound. The Blue Jays travel to Atlanta, where Kyle Drabek (4-6, 4.35 ERA) will face Brandon Beachy (5-4, 1.87 ERA).
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