Rapid Reaction: White Sox 4, Blue Jays 3

June, 7, 2012
6/07/12
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Powers By Scott Powers
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago White Sox’s 4-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field on Thursday.

How it happened: White Sox third baseman Orlando Hudson made up for an rough day in the field with the game-winning hit as he drove in Dayan Viciedo from third base in the bottom of the ninth. Hudson’s teammates ran out to first base and mobbed him. White Sox starter Jake Peavy was shaky at times Thursday, but he allowed just two earned runs after allowing four hits and five walks in six innings. Matt Thornton, Nate Jones and Addison Reed combined to throw three shutout innings in relief for the White Sox. Paul Konerko returned to the lineup after missing two games with a sore wrist and picked up where he left off. He had two hits and improved his American League-leading average to .371. Alex Rios also had two hits, a home run and three RBIs for the White Sox.

What it means: The White Sox snapped their two-game losing streak and were able to take one game in the three-game series with the Blue Jays. The White Sox also improved their lead to 1 games on the Cleveland Indians in the American League Central. The Indians lost to the Detroit Tigers on Thursday.

Outside the box: Rios does some of his best hitting against his old team. He has 21 hits, five home runs and eight RBIs against the Blue Jays in 15 career games. He’s had a hit in 13 of the games.

Up next: The White Sox open a three-game series with the Houston Astros on Friday. Gavin Floyd (4-5, 5.32) will start for the White Sox, and Wandy Rodriguez (4-4, 3.14) will go for the Astros.

Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Jose Abreu
BA HR RBI R
.320 33 99 71
OTHER LEADERS
HRJ. Abreu 33
RBIJ. Abreu 99
RJ. Abreu 71
OPSJ. Abreu .983
WC. Sale 11
ERAC. Sale 2.11
SOC. Sale 178