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Series: Game 2 of 4

Chi White Sox leads 2-0 (as of 5/1)

Game 1: Thursday, April 29
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Game 2: Friday, April 30
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Game 2: Saturday, May 1
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Game 3: Saturday, May 1
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Game 4: Sunday, May 2
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Blue Jays 3

(7-16, 6-8 away)

White Sox 4

(14-8, 9-4 home)

    4:05 PM ET, May 1, 2004

    U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois 

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    W: S. Takatsu (1-0)

    L: J. Speier (1-3)

    Chicago 4, Toronto 3 (10 innings, 1st game)

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Joe Crede and the Chicago White Sox are making a habit of celebrating at home plate.

    Crede hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the 10th Saturday and the White Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 in the opener of a doubleheader.

    Chicago has now won six games in its final at-bat this season and is 8-1 in one-run games.

    "I wanted to avoid the double play and I knew he would keep it down, so I was looking for a pitch I could hit up in the air," Crede said.

    Magglio Ordonez singled in the 10th and after Frank Thomas walked, Ross Gload sacrificed. Justin Speier (1-3) then walked Paul Konerko intentionally to load the bases before Crede lifted a fly to right fielder Howie Clark.

    Clark made a strong throw to the plate, but Ordonez slid around catcher Kevin Cash as the White Sox won for the sixth time in eight games.

    Asked if center fielder Vernon Wells should have caught Crede's medium-range fly and made the throw, Toronto manager Carlos Tosca said it would not have been an advantage.

    "I think that far over, he's not in a good position to do it. He would have been in worse position," Tosca said.

    Japanese saves leader Shingo Takatsu (1-0) got his first major league win with a scoreless top of the 10th.

    The Blue Jays lost their fourth straight game -- their relievers are 0-4 in the skid -- and fell to 7-16, which ties the franchise's worst start through 23 games.

    "Our offense is just not producing. We don't have strength," Tosca said. "We need to get back to scoring six or seven runs. We're hitting home runs with no on base."

    Toronto tied the game at 3 in the top of the eighth when Carlos Delgado homered off reliever Damaso Marte.

    Crede's two-run homer in the fifth gave the White Sox a one-run lead and Mark Buehrle appeared on his way to a win for the first time since April 10.

    Buehrle allowed just six hits and two runs with a season-high eight strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings. After Cliff Politte got the final out of the seventh and the first one in the eighth, Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen brought in the left-handed Marte to face Delgado and the strategy backfired.

    "I got behind and we battled back and got the lead," Buehrle said. "Marte gave up the home run, but we still came back and won the game. It doesn't matter how, as long as we win."

    The White Sox threatened in the eighth and ninth, but Terry Adams escaped the jams both times.

    Reigning AL Cy Young winner Roy Halladay gave up only four hits and three runs in seven strong innings.

    Delgado earlier extended his hitting streak to nine games with a two-out RBI single in the fifth to give Toronto a 2-1 lead.

    Chicago's Timo Perez doubled to lead off the bottom of the third and the White Sox used some NL-like small ball to get him home. Sandy Alomar Jr. bunted him to third and Perez scored on a squeeze bunt by Willie Harris, tying the game at 1-1.

    Cash singled with two outs in the second and scored when Orlando Hudson doubled to left center, extending his hitting streak to seven games.

    Chicago's Juan Uribe went 3-for-5 and has 11 hits in his last 16 at-bats.

    Game notes


    The start of the twinbill was delayed 33 minutes by more rain. The teams had been rained out Friday and the doubleheader was necessary because the Blue Jays don't return to Chicago this season. It was the 20th postponement in the 14-year history of U.S. Cellular Field. ... Crede, who missed Thursday's series opener with an upset stomach, also singled in ninth and is 8-for-14 after snapping an 0-for-12 slump Tuesday. ...

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