This time, the right-hander needed some help to keep his
early-season streak intact. The White Sox scored five runs in the
sixth, rallying for another victory Thursday by beating the Toronto
Blue Jays 6-4.
"What happens in April I don't know until I look at the paper.
I'm not really paying attention to that," Loaiza said of his
"I had a great year last year and I want to have one again this
A 21-game winner last season and runnerup for the Cy Young,
Loaiza (4-0) ran his career record in April to 18-3. The remarkable
stretch includes 10 straight victories in that month dating back to
2001 when he pitched for Toronto.
"That's one of those things about this team, we're always
picking up one another," Loaiza said.
"Loaiza didn't have his best stuff tonight but he battled. And
the job we're doing in the bullpen is important," Chicago manager
Ozzie Guillen said.
The Blue Jays fell to 7-15 to match the franchise's worst record
after 22 games. And for the third straight game, their bullpen
"We're going to be fine. It's just three days. We just haven't
gotten it done. But we will," said Blue Jays' reliever Jason
Frasor, who gave up the go-ahead single to Willie Harris in the
sixth, a comebacker that went off his glove.
Toronto starter Pat Hentgen, shooting for his first win since
Sept. 24 when he was with the Orioles, took a 4-1 lead into the
sixth. But the Blue Jays let it get away.
"I think in normal situations it perhaps would get
discouraging. But this club showed last year it is able to be
resilient," Blue Jays manager Carlos Tosca said of the
Magglio Ordonez hit his seventh homer leading off the sixth and
after a single by Frank Thomas and a walk to Carlos Lee, Hentgen
was lifted for Michael Nakamura (0-1). Paul Konerko singled to load
the bases before Kelly Dransfelt delivered an RBI single to make it
Pinch-hitter Aaron Rowand's fielder's choice grounder off
Valerio De Los Santos tied the game. Harris' hard hopper through
the box flicked off Frasor's glove for a run-scoring infield hit
and Juan Uribe followed with a solid single to right.
Chicago had scored five in the bottom of the ninth Wednesday to
beat Cleveland 9-8.
Gregg Zaun, called up from Triple-A two days ago, then got his
first hit of the season, a homer to right to put Toronto up two in
the fourth. The Blue Jays got another in the sixth after Delgado
singled, a walk and an RBI single by Eric Hinske.
Uribe, batting .423 in his previous 14 games, singled in the
first and scored on Thomas' double.<
^Notes:@The game was delayed 5 minutes by rain at the end of the
second, but it was mostly a false alarm. After the umpires waved
the players off, the grounds crew got the tarp off the roller but
didn't even cover the field before the rain stopped. ... Chicago 3B
Joe Crede was a late scratch because of an upset stomach.
Dransfeldt got the start. ... Attendance was just 11,210. A
low-flying plane caused a stir in the fifth inning when it flew
over the top of the stadium. ... The White Sox have homered in 10
straight games and Ordonez has homers in three straight. ... Jose
Valentin (hamstring) didn't start well during his rehab assignment
at Triple-A Charlotte. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. ...
Uribe's 2-for-4 night raised his average to .393. ... Delgado has
an eight-game hitting streak and Orlando Hudson is batting
(11-for-25) in his last eight games. ... Hentgen became the fourth
Blue Jays pitcher to strike out 1,000 batters. He joins Dave Steib,
Jim Clancy and Juan Guzman on Toronto's career list.