Blue Jays 5, White Sox 4

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TORONTO (AP)—Reed Johnson thinks the Toronto Blue Jays are finally playing the way they’re capable of.

“We’re a lot better than what we’ve shown,” Johnson said. “We shouldn’t have the record that we have, but things are starting to move forward.”

Johnson hit a game-winning RBI single in the ninth, giving Toronto a 5-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night. The Blue Jays have won three straight, improving to 11-18.

Terry Adams (3-1) pitched the ninth for the win, and Orlando Hudson and Eric Hinske each hit two-run homers off Jon Garland in the sixth. Garland didn’t allow a run in the first five innings.

“Our approach is getting better. We’re grinding out at-bats. To get four runs off of Garland was huge. He was nasty,” Johnson said.

With the game tied at 4, Hudson led off the ninth with a walk against reliever Cliff Politte (0-1), advanced to second on Chris Gomez’s groundout and scored on Johnson’s hit down the right-field line.

Politte didn’t like losing to his former team.

“It’s a little bit more disappointing,” Politte said. “You don’t want to give them a reason to say ‘See, I told you so.”’

The Blue Jays didn’t offer him a contract this past offseason after he went 1-5 with a 5.66 ERA last season.

“They just didn’t want me,” he said. “I had a bad year.”

Carlos Delgado had two hits to surpass Lloyd Moseby for second on the team’s career list with 1,320—one more than Moseby and 263 fewer than leader Tony Fernandez.

Miguel Olivo hit a three-run homer off Toronto starter Ted Lilly in the fourth, giving Chicago a 3-0 lead.

The Blue Jays went ahead 4-3 on the two-run homers by Hinske and Hudson, but the White Sox tied it in the seventh on Jose Valentin’s RBI single.

Chicago’s Juan Uribe tripled off Micheal Nakamura in the seventh before Valentin’s hit to right.

Garland allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings as the White Sox fell to 11-2 in one-run games.

“I wouldn’t say my stuff was sharp,” he said. “I was getting away with alot of stuff all night.”


The White Sox recalled Valentin on Friday from a rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Charlotte. Valentin was put on the 15-day DL on April 20 with a strained left hamstring. He hit just .065 in eight games with Charlotte. Kelly Dransfeldt was sent to Charlotte to make room on the roster. Dransfeldt batted .333 in seven games with the White Sox. … Lilly allowed three runs onfive hits and four walks in five innings.

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