White Sox 3, Blue Jays 2
CHICAGO (AP)—Ozzie Guillen stays calm when Jon Garland gets in trouble on the mound.
“With the kind of stuff he has, he’s always one pitch away from getting out of a jam,” the Chicago White Sox manager said. “He’s got a good sinker and cutter.”
Garland (2-1) scattered 10 hits and struck out five, and got out of trouble in the seventh inning. After giving up back-to-back singles to Gregg Zaun and Chris Gomez with no outs, Garland got Howie Clark to pop out. Then, Frank Catalanotto hit a shallow flyball to Carlos Lee, who made the catch, threw home and got Zaun trying to tag from third.
Vernon Wells led off the eighth with a double off Garland. Damaso Marte came on in relief and threw a wild pitch with Carlos Delgado up, allowing Wells to move to third. Marte then struck out Delgado, walked pinch-hitter Reed Johnson and allowed Orlando Hudson’s sacrifice fly to cut the deficit to 3-2. Cliff Politte relieved Marte and retired Josh Phelps on a groundout.
Billy Koch pitched the ninth for his third save in four opportunities for Chicago, which took three of the four games in the series.
Blue Jays manager Carlos Tosca criticized plate umpire Tim Reynolds’ game-calling after the game.
“The pitches in the ninth, from my perspective, were sub-major league standard,” Tosca said. “We’ve got to be better than that.”
Thomas homered on a 2-1 pitch off Blue Jays starter Miguel Batista in the fourth inning to give the White Sox a 3-1 lead. It was Thomas’ fifth homer of the season.
“The ball to Frank was a great pitch,” Batista said. “I was behind in the count. There was no way was I going to walk him.”
Batista (0-3) allowed just three runs on six hits in eight innings. His last win came on Sept. 13, 2003.
Delgado gave Toronto a 1-0 lead in the first and extended his hitting streak to 11 games with an RBI single.
Aaron Rowand led off the third for Chicago with a double and scored on Harris’ sacrifice fly to make it 2-1.
Garland pitched out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the fifth inning by getting Wells to hit into a double play.
“I thought today was the best game we played all year,” Guillen said. “We made the right plays at the right time—we got the double play.”
Zaun went 4-for-4 for Toronto, tying his career high for hits.
After going 6-for-6 in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday, Catalanotto struck out in his first at-bat. He was 2-for-5 … Before the game, the White Sox recalled C Jamie Burke from Triple-A Charlotte. Burke takes the spot of right-hander Dan Wright, who was optioned to Charlotte after Saturday night’s game. … The White Sox have homered in 13 straight games. … TheWhite Sox are 9-1 in one-run games.