Toronto (7-14) at Chicago (12-8)

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  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Thu Apr 29, 2004
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The Chicago White Sox look to build on another late-game rally as they host the struggling Toronto Blue Jays in the opener of a four-game series at U.S. Cellular Field.

Chicago scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning Wednesday, beating the Cleveland Indians 9-8 on Sandy Alomar’s sacrifice fly. It marked the third time the White Sox overcame a ninth-inning deficit to win this season.

Five of Chicago’s seven home wins have come in its final at-bat.

“It’s fun to watch if you are a fan, but if you are in the dugout it gets intense every day, day-in and day-out,” said first-year White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, whose team improved to 7-1 in one-run games.

“A win is a win, but I wish we would win one easy before this thing is over,” he added.

The White Sox are also hoping to continue their power surge at home. Chicago has homered in nine straight games at U.S. Cellular (18 total) and has 102 homers in its last 54 home games dating to last year.

Toronto lost 9-5 at Minnesota on Wednesday night for its second straight loss after a season-high three-game winning streak.

The Blue Jays nearly stole the game, scoring four times in the top of the eighth to forge a 5-5 tie. But the bullpen failed to make the rally stand up, giving up six earned runs, walking four and throwing three wild pitches, all of which resulted in runs.

The Blue Jays had the bases loaded with none out twice Wednesday, but managed just one run out of those situations.

“It was the nature of the losses … It’s frustrating when the game gets turned around and you give it back to them,” Toronto manager Carlos Tosca said. “It’s difficult when you think you understand the people you’re dealing with. All of them have picked unfortunate times to not be at their best.”

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P. Hentgen Tor vs. E. Loaiza CWS
2-9 Record 10-7
6.95 ERA 5.70
33 K 117
42 BB 71
1.64 WHIP 1.57