Final

Series: Game 1 of 4

Chi White Sox leads 1-0 (as of 4/29)

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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in 10
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Game 3: Saturday, May 1
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Game 4: Sunday, May 2
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Blue Jays 4

(7-15, 6-7 away)

White Sox 6

(13-8, 8-4 home)

    8:05 PM ET, April 29, 2004

    U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Illinois 

    R H E
    TOR - -
    CWS - -

    W: E. Loaiza (4-0)

    L: M. Nakamura (0-1)

    S: B. Koch (2)

    Loaiza allows four runs in six-plus innings

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Esteban Loaiza in April has been a winning proposition for the Chicago White Sox.

    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 first-month magic.

    "I had a great year last year and I want to have one again this year."

    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.

    On Thursday, Loaiza went six-plus innings, allowing seven hits and four runs. After Neal Cotts struck out three in two innings, Billy Koch pitched the ninth for his second save.

    "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 faltered.

    "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 disappointing start.

    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 4-3.

    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.

    Carlos Delgado hit his fourth homer leading off the second and Orlando Hudson had an RBI double after a walk to Josh Phelps to give the Blue Jays a 2-1 lead.

    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.

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