Toronto (55-51) at Chicago (69-37)

Mostly Cloudy Currently: Chicago, IL
Temp: 39° F
  • Game info: 2:05 pm EDT Thu Aug 4, 2005
  • TV: CSN
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The Toronto Blue Jays go for their first three-game sweep of the White Sox in Chicago in 16 years as they complete their three-game set at U.S. Cellular Field.

Winners of three straight, the Blue Jays haven’t swept the White Sox on the road since Sept. 4-6, 1989. Toronto’s last sweep of the White Sox at home was May 7-9, 2004.

Just 1 1/2 games behind the second-place New York Yankees in the AL East, the Blue Jays are fourth in the Wild Card race, 4 1/2 games behind the front-running Oakland Athletics.

After taking the series opener 7-3 on Tuesday, Dave Bush won for the second time in three starts as the Blue Jays took the middle game 4-3 on Wednesday. He allowed three runs and seven hits with two walks in five innings on a night he said he was, “Okay. At times, very good.”

The win put the Blue Jays four games over .500 for the first time since May 31. After this series, the Blue Jays will also get an opportunity to gain some ground on the Yankees, who will head to the Rogers Centre for a three-game set this weekend.

Despite the two losses, the White Sox still own the best record in the majors.

In Wednesday’s loss Carl Everett hit a solo home run in the first, and Paul Konerko added a two-run shot in the fifth. Tadahito Iguchi singled, doubled and scored a run.

However, the White Sox left nine men on base and were 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

“We lost this game with no fundamentals,” Everett said. “If we all collectively get the fundamentals down, we win this ballgame.”

A.J. Pierzynski continued on his tear, going 2-for-4. The 28-year-old catcher has a seven-game hitting streak, going 15-for-28 over the stretch with three homers and six RBIs.

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