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Vazquez strikes out 13; Jays sent to 7th loss in row

TORONTO (AP) -- Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen couldn't believe
Javier Vazquez made it to the seventh inning. He even told him he
was shocked.

Vazquez struck out a season-high 13 in eight innings, Paul Konerko drove in four runs and the White Sox beat Toronto 7-1
Saturday to hand the Blue Jays their seventh straight loss.

Vazquez reached the seventh for the first time since May 18.

"It was funny. They were singing 'Take me out to the ball game'
and it was weird having him still on the mound," Guillen said to
laughter.

"I told him that. He was surprised, too."

Vazquez (10-6) allowed two hits and one run as he finished a
strikeout shy of a career high, set Aug. 3, 2003 against the
Chicago Cubs.

Vazquez smiled when reminded what Guillen said.

"I was thinking the same thing," Vazquez said. "It's just
been a long time."

Troy Glaus led off the fifth with a homer and Lyle Overbay
followed with a single for the Blue Jays' only hits off Vazquez,
who won for the first time since July 6.

"The past couple starts that I've had I've always felt good,"
Vazquez said. "I've actually thrown good until the fourth inning.
The fifth and sixth innings have given me trouble."

David Riske allowed a single in the ninth to Frank Catalanotto
to complete the three-hitter.

The White Sox improved to 6-2 on their nine-game road trip.

"We knew we had to have a pretty good road trip. We're facing
some teams that aren't really in the running, but they can still
beat you," Jermaine Dye said.

Glaus hit his 31st homer for the Blue Jays. Toronto has lost the
first two games of its homestand after going 2-8 on a road trip
that manager John Gibbons said would make or break the season.

Toronto has lost seven straight for the first time since April
24-May 3, 2002.

"It will turnaround," Glaus said. "We play 162 games and
every team has its ups and downs."

The homer was Glaus' 250th.

"It's a nice milestone but I'd rather have the team win,"
Glaus said.

Konerko gave Chicago a 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the first
off Francisco Rosario (1-2). Konerko's RBI grounder and Jermaine
Dye's run-scoring triple made it 3-0 in the third.

Konerko hit into what looked to be an inning-ending double play
in the fifth, but second baseman Ryan Roberts' throw to first
pulled Overbay off first, allowing Tadihito Iguchi to score.

Dye followed with an RBI double and A.J. Pierzynski added a
sacrifice fly to make it 6-0.

Konerko's walk with the bases loaded in the sixth made it 7-1.

Game notes
Chicago 3B Joe Crede left the game in the fourth with back
stiffness. He is hitting .299 with 23 home runs and 73 RBI. ... 2B
Aaron Hill missed the game because of food poisoning.