Pierzynski hits go-ahead two-run single in eighth

TORONTO (AP) -- Paul Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski ended slumps -- and helped extend Chicago's winning streak.

Konerko snapped an 0-for-26 skid with an eighth-inning single and Pierzynski added a go-ahead two-run single in the inning to lead the streaking White Sox to their sixth straight victory, 5-3 over Toronto on Friday night.

After Toronto reliever Jason Frasor (1-2) walked Carl Everett,
Konerko ended his drought with a single to center off Frasor.

"I'm ready to break into the Lou Gehrig speech right now," said Konerko, who felt lucky after a week of bad luck. "I've never really experienced bad luck in the big leagues or any where before. I've never had to swallow so many balls in the last week."

Pierzynski entered his at-bat 2-for-29 in his career in Toronto. He fell behind 0-2 against closer Miguel Batista before singling to left with two outs to give Chicago a 5-3 lead.

"He was like 1-for-Canada in his career. He came up with the hit at the right time. We've been having a lot clutch hits since Opening Day," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Every day it's somebody different."

Orlando Hernandez (4-1) pitched seven strong innings to help the White Sox improve their major league-leading record to 22-7. Chicago's starters are 17-3 with a 2.79 ERA.

"The pitching has been incredible," Pierzynski said. "When a pitcher gives you seven innings, three runs, you're going to win a lot of games."

Hernandez allowed three runs on six hits, struck out four and walked three.

Dustin Hermanson finished for his fifth save.

Corey Koskie homered for the Blue Jays, who had won seven of their previous nine.

"They got a key hit, we didn't," Toronto catcher Gregg Zaun

Chicago's Tadahito Iguchi singled in the first, stole second and advanced to third on a grounder before scoring on catcher Zaun's passed ball. Chicago has held a lead in all 29 of its games, surpassing the record to start a season of 25 games by the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers.

Koskie led off the second with a home run to right. Alex Rios'
RBI double and Russ Adams' sacrifice fly made it 3-1 in the second.

Chicago's Scott Podsednik hit an RBI double off Toronto starter David Bush in the third, and Jermaine Dye tied it with a homer off Pete Walker in the seventh.

"That was a backbreaker," Walker said.

Game notes
Koskie, Toronto's third baseman, robbed Konerko of extra bases with a diving catch in the sixth. ... Toronto second baseman Orlando Hudson robbed Juan Uribe of a hit with a diving grab in the third. ... The roof of the Rogers Centre was open for the first time this season. ... Clare Laking, a 106-year-old World War I veteran, threw out the ceremonial first pitch. ... The game was delayed for a total of 11 minutes because of ground repairs in the batter's box. A number of players slipped on the home plate area, which had hardened.