CHICAGO (AP) -- Ten games into the season, Vernon Wells is on a
tear. What's most comforting to him is that he has some company.
Coming off back-to-back wins at Fenway Park to take a series
against the Red Sox, they jumped on the White Sox for 18 hits,
including four homers, one by Wells to extend his hitting streak to
10 games. His long two-run shot in the seventh off Cliff Politte
marked his third straight game with a homer.
"I think it shows they made great decisions in the offseason
bringing in guys who have proven themselves in the past and want to
prove themselves now," Wells said, referring to offseason
acquisitions Glaus and Overbay.
"In the last few games we've been putting runs on the board
like it's nobody's business."
Meanwhile, the White Sox have given up 39 hits in their last two
games, and there was some booing Friday night for the World
Champions in their home park. The last time a Chicago staff gave up
that many hits in back-to-back games was 1974.
"I don't blame them for booing us today," White Sox manager
Ozzie Guillen said.
"I know with the staff we have that we will pitch better."
Chicago took a 5-2 lead into the fifth, but Vazquez (0-1)
couldn't hold it.
"Going into the offseason we thought if we were going to be
legit, we needed to score more runs," Toronto manager John Gibbons
said. "We've got such good balance top-to-bottom that you don't
have to sit there and rely on one or two guys."
Aaron Hill followed with an RBI grounder and Russ Adams
delivered a run-scoring single. After Frank Catalanotto singled,
Wells popped out for the second out before Glaus doubled to right
for a 6-5 lead. He moved up on Tadahito Iguchi's throwing error on
the relay and scored on Overbay's single.
The inning ended when Overbay was thrown out at the plate trying
to score on Hillenbrand's double.
Hillenbrand, who'd been struggling with the DH role and entered
the game 6-for-31, hit his first homer of the season, a two-run
shot in the second for a 2-0 lead.
Chicago then loaded the bases with one out on a double by Joe
Crede, an infield single from Alex Cintron and a walk to Chris
Widger. Pablo Ozuna reached out and poked a double past the
first-base bag to give the White Sox a 3-2 lead.
When Downs walked the first three batters to start the third, he
was replaced by Pete Walker (1-1), who gave up an RBI single to
Crede and a run-scoring fielder's choice to Cintron that made it
Downs, whose other spot start this season was in place of
injured A.J. Burnett, threw two-plus innings, giving up four hits,
five runs and four walks. Walker allowed four hits and was not
charged with a run in three innings.
Vazquez gave up nine hits and seven runs in six innings. It was
the fourth shaky outing for a Chicago starter in 10 games this
Jermaine Dye hit a two-run homer in the ninth for Chicago.
Burnett will make his Blue Jays debut on Saturday. Reliever
Brian Tallet, who gave up Dye's homer, was sent down after the
game. ... White Sox DH Jim Thome attributes his quick start to good
health, long hours of rehab and the time he spent grooving his
swing during some minor league games in spring training. Thome went
0-for-3 with two walks Friday night but has six homers in the first
10 games. He's made a strong return to the AL after three seasons
with the Phillies, including an injured-filled final year in 2005.
"I'm a lot more healthy than I was a year ago," said Thome,
slowed by back and elbow injuries. ... Politte has already given up
three homers in four appearances this season. Last year he yielded
seven in 68 games. ... Crede went 4-for-4.