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Blue Sunday

August 6th at Toronto


How was the trophy defended today?
It wasn't

Short Take: Sox surrender 7 unanswered runs in failed attempt at series sweep in Toronto.

The White Sox jumped on AJ Burnett and the Jays early, taking a 3-0 lead through three innings. By the end, it was the Blue Jays on top as they jumped all over Jose Contreras and the Sox en route to a 7-3 victory in the series finale in Toronto this afternoon.

The Sox got things started with a two-out single by Jim Thome in the first inning off Burnett. After Paul Konerko walked, Jermaine Dye singled home Thome to put the Sox up 1-0. A double by Thome in the third scored Scott Podsednik with the Sox' second run of the game, with Thome scoring on a single by Konerko to put the Sox up 3-0.

Unfortunately, that was all the offense the Sox would muster today against the Jays. Contreras held the Jays scoreless until the 4th inning, when the wheels came off. The Jays would pound out 4 hits off Contreras in the inning, good for 4 runs and a momentum shift. Frank Catalanotto led off the inning with a double, and Vernon Wells followed with an RBI double to put the Jays on the board. After a groundout by Troy Glaus and a walk to Eric Hinske, Alexis Rios hit a ground-rule double to score Wells and cut the Sox lead to 3-2. With two outs, second baseman Aaron Hill delivered a two-run single off Contreras, and just like that the Jays were ahead 4-3.

The Jays tacked on two more runs in the 7th. After hitting Hill with a pitch to lead off the inning, Contreras retired the next two batters before allowing an RBI double to Catalanotto to put Toronto up 5-3. Mike MacDougal would relieve Contreras, but he failed to retire either of the two batters he faced. After allowing an RBI single to Wells to put the Jays up 6-3, he would walk Glaus before giving way to Neal Cotts. Cotts struck out Hinske to end the inning, the only batter he would face on the afternoon.

With a 6-3 lead, the Jays added an insurance run in the 8th with a solo home run by Benjie Molina. Molina homered off David Riske to put the Jays ahead by the final tally of 7-3. Burnett and three Jays relievers scattered 5 Sox hits over the last 6 innings of the contest to send the Sox home on a sour note.

No time to feel sorry for themselves as the Sox come home to play a makeup game tomorrow against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Mark Buehrle (9-9, 4.74) will try to build off of his last strong outing against Sox nemesis Kelvim Escobar (7-9, 3.77). It's the first of an important 11-game homestand in which the Sox face off against the Yankees, Tigers and Royals before heading out to Minnesota and Detroit. A lot of exciting baseball lies ahead in the next two weeks as the Sox try to claw their way back to the top of the AL Central.

WSI's
Ozzieball Update:
Alex Cintron tried to make something happen in the 6th after leading off with a single, but he was thrown out trying to steal second base representing what would have been the tying run at the time.


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