Catalanotte breaks Toronto record


CHICAGO (AP) -- Frank Catalanotto got an opportunity few players
ever have. And after he'd tied an AL record with six hits, it was
still hard for him to grasp.

Catalanotto went 6-for-6 to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 10-6
win over the Chicago White Sox and a split of their doubleheader
Saturday night.

"You never really think about getting six hits. It crossed my
mind, 'Hey I'm going to get a chance here,' " he said. "And when
it happened, I almost couldn't even believe it. I mean six hits,
that's pretty good. I'll take it."

The Blue Jays left fielder fell one hit short of the major
league record for a nine-inning game, accomplished by Rennie
Stennett on Sept. 16, 1975 for Pittsburgh. Shawn Green was the last
player to have six hits in a nine-inning game. He did it in May
2002 as part of his four-homer game for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Damion Easley was the last of many American Leaguers to have six
hits in a nine-inning game, doing it in 2001 for Detroit.

Catalanotto had five singles and a double to become the first
player in Blue Jays' history to have six hits in a game. Toronto
had a season-high 18 hits in snapping a four-game losing streak.
Catalanotto went 0-for-1 in the first game.

Catalanotto singled to left center in the eighth inning off
first-game winner Shingo Takatsu for his sixth hit.

"I had never faced the guy before so I told myself to look for
something slow. I got something slow and it looked like a beach
ball. It's tough to explain," Catalanotto said.

"It seemed like I was on the right page with the pitcher at the
right time. It seemed like I always got the pitch I was looking for
in the place I wanted it. Everything I looked for I got."

Chicago won the opener 4-3 on Joe Crede's sacrifice fly in the
bottom of the 10th.

Ted Lilly (2-2) got the win in the nightcap, allowing seven hits
and five runs, including homers to Juan Uribe and Miguel Olivo.

Eric Hinske and Orlando Hudson homered for the Blue Jays.

Hinske had a solo shot and Hudson a two-run homer in the second
against Dan Wright (0-4), who is winless in his last 19 starts
dating back to Sept. 26, 2002.

Wright was demoted to Triple-A immediately after the game and
the White Sox will call up catcher-infielder Jamie Burke.

"Obviously it's a disappointment. It's baseball. You deal with
it and go on," Wright said.

The Blue Jays knocked Wright out in a three-run fourth that
featured RBI singles by Catalanotto and Vernon Wells that helped
build a 6-2 lead.

Olivo hit a three-run homer in the fourth to cut the lead to one
before Catalanotto hit another RBI single in the fifth.

The Blue Jays then tacked on three more in the seventh.
Carlos Delgado, who homered in the opener, had an RBI single to extend his
hitting streak to 10 games, Hinske had a sacrifice fly and Hudson a
run-scoring single.

In the opener, 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

"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.

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

Toronto tied the game at 3 in the top of the eighth when 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.

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

Delgado earlier had a two-out RBI single in the fifth to give
Toronto a 2-1 lead.

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. ... Attendance was announced as 22,072. ... Blue
Jays SS Chris Woodward left in the fifth inning of the second game
with a tight hamstring and was replaced by Chris Gomez. ... Uribe
has 12 hits in his last 21 at-bats and is hitting .394.