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Bush helps makes four runs stand for Blue Jays

CHICAGO (AP) -- David Bush made the most of his seven weeks in
the minors, adjusting his delivery and gaining control of his
fastball.

Bush won for the second time in three starts since being
recalled as the Toronto Blue Jays held off the White Sox 4-3
Wednesday night.

He allowed three runs and seven hits with two walks in five
innings on a night he said he was, "Okay. At times, very good."

Gregg Zaun hit a three-run double during a four-run first and
Toronto's bullpen stifled rallies in the seventh and eighth
innings, when the White Sox stranded two runners.

The win put the Blue Jays four games over .500 for the first
time since May 31 and gave them a chance to complete a three-game
sweep of the team with the best record in the majors.

Carl Everett hit a solo home run in the first for the White Sox,
and Paul Konerko added a two-run shot in the fifth. Tadahito Iguchi
singled, doubled and scored a run, and A.J. Pierzynski had two
hits.

However, the White Sox left nine men on base and were 0-for-11
with runners in scoring position.

"We lost this game with no fundamentals," Everett said. "If
we all collectively get the fundamentals down, we win this
ballgame."

Bush (2-5) walked one and struck out one, improving to 2-0 in
three starts since being recalled from Triple-A Syracuse. Three
relievers combined to pitch four scoreless innings.

"Those guys were fabulous," Zaun said.

After holding Kansas City to three runs in seven innings in
winning his first start back and allowing just a run in 8 1/3
innings against the Los Angeles Angels, Bush struggled at times.
But he also made good pitches in tight spots -- pitches he might not
have made before being sent to Triple-A.

His delivery is different now. He doesn't fall off as much,
which allows him to control his fastball. Zaun mentioned a new
cutter, too.

"My mechanics were a little disciplined at times," Bush said.
"Both the home runs were on fastballs that tailed back toward the
middle."

He left after just 78 pitches.

"It was a battle for him out there," manager John Gibbons
said.

It wasn't easy for the bullpen, either, as Iguchi and Everett
walked with two outs in the seventh against Pete Walker. Vinnie
Chulk relieved and threw a wild pitch, but retired Konerko on a
grounder.

After Pierzynski led off the eighth with a single, Aaron Rowand
reached on an infield single with one out. Joe Crede fouled out,
and Miguel Batista struck out pinch-hitter Geoff Blum. Batista then
worked the ninth for his 18th save in 21 opportunities.

"It wasn't because of a lack of effort," Rowand said. "Guys
were trying to get the job done today, but it just didn't happen
for us."

Early control problems doomed White Sox starter Orlando
Hernandez (8-4), who allowed four runs and five hits in seven
innings in his fourth start since returning from the disabled list
due to a sore right shoulder.

His control problems in the first led to four Blue Jays runs.
Hernandez walked Reed Johnson with one out, and then hit Shea
Hillenbrand with a pitch one out later and walked Corey Koskie to
load the bases for Zaun, who doubled to the warning track in right.

Eric Hinske drove in Zaun with a single that made it 4-0, but
got caught between first and second and was tagged out.

Konerko's 25th homer cut it to 4-3. It was his second in two
games and 188th with the White Sox, putting him in sole possession
of fourth place on the club's career list ahead of former teammate
Magglio Ordonez.

"It was a nailbiter," Gibbons said. "[Hernandez] settled in
with that breaking ball, and we couldn't do much with it. ... Dave
wasn't as sharp as he'd been his last couple outings, but [the
ball] hung up."

Game notes
Blue Jays LHP Gustavo Chacin was named AL rookie of the
month for the second time this season after going 5-1 with a 2.99
ERA in July. ... Hillenbrand was hit by a pitch for the 20th time
this season, matching the franchise set by Johnson in 2003. ...
White Sox leadoff batter Scott Podsednik is 2-for-24 after going
0-for-5.