White Sox 7, Blue Jays 6

Preview | Box Score | Recap

TORONTO (AP)—Paul Konerko took one for the team.

Magglio Ordonez hit a tying two-run double in the ninth inning and Toronto reliever Dan Reichert plunked Konerko with a pitch to score the go-ahead run as the Chicago White Sox rallied for their season-high sixth straight win, 7-6 Wednesday night.

Juan Acevedo (1-4) gave up one-out singles to Roberto Alomar and Carlos Lee, then walked Frank Thomas to load the bases. Reichert relived and Ordonez doubled to left, scoring Alomar and Lee. Reichert intentionally walked Carl Everett to face Konerko, who was hit on the first pitch he faced.

Teammates Billy Koch and Frank Thomas asked if he was OK after the game.

“At first I said it was the easiest RBI you’ll ever get, but then I realized that it hit you on the cup and that’s the toughest RBI you’ll ever get,” Koch said.

Konerko said: “It was a freaky thing, but I’ll take it.”

Reichert said he was trying to pitch Konerko inside.

“It sank a little too much and ran in and got him,” Reichert said.

Rick White (1-1) got the last out of the eighth for the win. Damaso Marte got two outs in the ninth for his seventh save.

Toronto starter Roy Halladay was trying for his 15th straight win, but left after allowing four runs in six innings and in line for his first loss since April 15.

But Vernon Wells bailed him out with a two-run homer off Mark Buehrle in the seventh innings.

Buehrle got two outs in the seventh before Bobby Kielty doubled and Wells followed with his 26th home run.

Mike Bordick gave Toronto a 6-4 lead in the eighth with an RBI single off former Toronto closer Koch.

The White Sox scored three runs in the second despite hitting only one ball out of the infield. Halladay walked Ordonez before Everett singled to right. Konerko followed with an RBI single and Jose Valentin reached on a bunt. Joe Crede and Sandy Alomar Jr. then hit RBI grounders, giving Chicago a 3-0 lead.

Buehrle didn’t allow hit until Kielty led off the fourth with a single. Wells followed with a single before Carlos Delgado hit an RBI double.

One out later, Eric Hinske hit an RBI double and Jayson Werth followed with an RBI grounder, tying it at 3.

Lee hit a tiebreaking homer off Halladay in the fifth.


Wells has 89 RBIs. … Halladay’s 14-game winning streak is the longest in the majors since Roger Clemens won 16 straight decisions for the Yankees in 2001. Clemens also has the Toronto record for consecutive victories, winning 15 in a row in 1998. Halladay was scheduled to start on Tuesday in New York, but the game was rained out. … Chicago hitting coach Greg Walker isn’t with the team because he’s recovering from surgery on his right elbow. Lee hit a line drive off Walker’s right elbow during a hitting session on Sunday, breaking it.Harold Baines, the club’s roaming hitting instructor, filled in for Walker.

Related Articles