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Burnett stops White Sox, Jays' seven-game skid

TORONTO (AP) -- A.J. Burnett helped end Toronto's longest losing
streak in four years by outpitching one of the best starters in the
American League.

Burnett pitched six innings and Aaron Hill hit a two-run single
off Jose Contreras to help the Blue Jays beat the Chicago White Sox
7-3 Sunday, snapping a seven-game losing streak.

Burnett (3-5) allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings.
He struck out five and walked two to stop his two-game losing
streak. Burnett, who signed a $55 million, five-year contract in
the offseason, missed two months with elbow problems.

He lasted just four innings in each of his previous two starts
during a 2-8 road trip that manager John Gibbons said would make or
break the Blue Jays' season.

"We were in bad slump," Burnett said. "We all could have
easily just shut it down, but there is so much heart in here."

Contreras (10-4) lost for the fourth time in his last five
starts. The Cuban right-hander allowed five runs and six hits in 6
2-3 innings.

"He lost it. He lost it for one inning," Chicago manager Ozzie
Guillen said.

Jim Thome went 2-for-3 for the White Sox, who finished 6-3 on
their road trip.

"We did good against A.J., but he settled down and had a good
game," Guillen said.

Fans booed after Toronto fell behind 3-0, but the Blue Jays
rallied with a four-run fourth inning. Vernon Wells doubled in a
run and scored on Alex Rios' double. Hill added a two-run single to
give Toronto a 4-3 lead.

Hill said the victory provided relief.

"Now we can take a deep breath," Hill said. "We can relax. We
don't have to go out there and try to win. We can just go out there
and play."

Catalanotto doubled in a run in the seventh and Wells singled
him in to make it 6-3.

Scott Schoeneweis, Justin Speier and B.J. Ryan each threw a
scoreless inning of relief for the Blue Jays.

"This is a load off," Gibbons said. "Nobody likes to go
through that. We got too good of a team to say in that for too
long."

Jermaine Dye singled in Thome in the first and Paul Konerko hit
an RBI single in the third for the White Sox. Konerko's single
drove in Thome, who doubled in Scott Podsednik.

Bengie Molina's homer off David Riske made it 7-3 in the
eighth.

Game notes
Toronto's seven-game losing streak was its longest since it
lost nine straight from April 24-May 3 2002. ... The White Sox
begin an 11-game homestand Monday with a makeup game versus the Los
Angeles Angels. ... Hill returned after missing Saturday's game
with food poisoning. ... 3B Joe Crede missed the game with a stiff
back but his injury is not considered serious and he's expected to
return for Monday's game against the Los Angeles Angels.