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May 2 v. Toronto Blue Jays

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"0 for 2 but drove in a run in the first inning with a sacrifice fly to tie the game ."

Short Take:Garland scatters 10 hits, leads the Sox back to a share of first place.

Jon Garland faced off against the Blue Jays and Miguel Batista on Sunday, with a winning record for the homestand at stake. He did not disappoint as the Sox won another one-run nailbiter 3-2, closing out the longest homestand of the year on a positive note.

The Blue Jays drew first blood in the first inning, capitalizing on a leadoff walk to rightfielder Howie Clark. He came home to score the first run of the game on a Carlos Delgado two-out RBI single. The Sox got that run back in the bottom of the frame off Batista in workmanlike fashion. Willie Harris led off the inning with a double, and advanced to third courtesy of a sacrifice bunt by Juan Uribe. He proceeded to score the tying run on a sac fly by Magglio Ordonez, who was hitless on the afternoon but did record his 20th RBI of the year. Garland was helped by some nice defense in the second, as Uribe went deep in the hole to rob Chris Gomez of a hit and get Gregg Zaun on a force play at second base to end the inning.

The Sox got back on the board in the home half of the third. Aaron Rowand led off with a double and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Miguel Olivo. Harris then drove Rowand in with a sacrifice fly to make the score 2-1 Sox. Fast forward to the bottom of the fourth inning, when Frank Thomas took Batista deep for his fifth home run of the year, a solo shot to give the Sox a 3-1 lead.

That would end up being all the offense the Sox would need today, but it wasn't easy. Garland had to navigate his way through several jams and scattered 10 hits over the course of 7+ innings. He did a nice job to get out of a bases loaded jam in the 5th inning. With only one out and the bases full, Garland got the speedy centerfielder Vernon Wells to ground into a double play and escape the inning unscathed. In the 6th, a two out double by Orlando Hudson was wasted when Garland caught a line shot off the bat of Josh Phelps.

Like a cat with nine lives, Garland managed to escape yet another sticky situation in the top of the 7th. After back to back singles by Zaun and Gomez to start the inning off, there were men on first and third with nobody out. No problem. Still nursing a 3-1 lead at this time, Garland got Clark to pop out to him for the first out. Frank Catalanotto, who had a 6-hit game last night, then hit a shallow fly ball to left field. Carlos Lee made the catch, and proceeded to get an assist with a great throw home to nail Zaun at the plate and end the inning. Luck ran out in the 8th inning when Wells led off with a double, ending Garland's day. It was then up to the bullpen. Damaso Marte came in to relieve Garland and worked 2/3 of an inning. He allowed Wells to score on a sac fly following a wild pitch. Cliff Politte finished the 8th inning without any further damage, and the score 3-2 White Sox. Billy Koch slammed the door shut in the 9th. After allowing a leadoff single to Zaun, who was 4-4 on the day, he buckled down. Gomez and Clark both struck out looking, and Catalanotto grounded out to end the game giving the Sox the win and Koch his 3rd save of the year.

The Sox end this homestand with a 7-5 record, good for 15-9 overall and a share of first place with the Twins. Additionally they are 9-1 in one run games so far in 2004.

The Sox hit the road running tomorrow night against the Orioles at Camden Yards. Scott Schoeneweis will try to get back on track against righty Kurt Ainsworth at 6:05 pm CDT tomorrow night.

Ozzieball Update:
Plenty of action today. Willie Harris advanced on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a sacrifice fly in the first inning. He also hit a sacrifice fly later in the game to score Aaron Rowand, who had doubled and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Miguel Olivo. Two manufactured runs which were huge in a low scoring affair.

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