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Chicago's Thomas hits deciding homer

5/2/2004

CHICAGO (AP) -- Ozzie Guillen stays calm when Jon Garland gets in
trouble on the mound.

"With the kind of stuff he has, he's always one pitch away from
getting out of a jam," the Chicago White Sox manager said. "He's
got a good sinker and cutter."

Garland gave up two runs in seven-plus innings, and Frank Thomas
homered in the Chicago White Sox's 3-2 victory over the Toronto
Blue Jays on Sunday.

Garland (2-1) scattered 10 hits and struck out five, and got out
of trouble in the seventh inning. After giving up back-to-back
singles to Gregg Zaun and Chris Gomez with no outs, Garland got
Howie Clark to pop out. Then, Frank Catalanotto hit a shallow
flyball to Carlos Lee, who made the catch, threw home and got Zaun
trying to tag from third.

Vernon Wells led off the eighth with a double off Garland.
Damaso Marte came on in relief and threw a wild pitch with Carlos
Delgado up, allowing Wells to move to third. Marte then struck out
Delgado, walked pinch-hitter Reed Johnson and allowed Orlando
Hudson's sacrifice fly to cut the deficit to 3-2. Cliff Politte
relieved Marte and retired Josh Phelps on a groundout.

Billy Koch pitched the ninth for his third save in four
opportunities for Chicago, which took three of the four games in
the series.

Blue Jays manager Carlos Tosca criticized plate umpire Tim
Reynolds' game-calling after the game.

"The pitches in the ninth, from my perspective, were sub-major
league standard," Tosca said. "We've got to be better than
that."

Thomas homered on a 2-1 pitch off Blue Jays starter Miguel
Batista in the fourth inning to give the White Sox a 3-1 lead. It
was Thomas' fifth homer of the season.

"The ball to Frank was a great pitch," Batista said. "I was
behind in the count. There was no way was I going to walk him."

Batista (0-3) allowed just three runs on six hits in eight
innings. His last win came on Sept. 13, 2003.

Delgado gave Toronto a 1-0 lead in the first and extended his
hitting streak to 11 games with an RBI single.

Chicago tied it at 1 in their half of the first when Willie
Harris hit a leadoff double and scored on Magglio Ordonez's
sacrifice fly.

Aaron Rowand led off the third for Chicago with a double and
scored on Harris' sacrifice fly to make it 2-1.

Garland pitched out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the fifth
inning by getting Wells to hit into a double play.

"I thought today was the best game we played all year,"
Guillen said. "We made the right plays at the right time -- we got
the double play."

Zaun went 4-for-4 for Toronto, tying his career high for hits.

Game notes
After going 6-for-6 in the second game of a doubleheader
Saturday, Catalanotto struck out in his first at-bat. He was
2-for-5 ... Before the game, the White Sox recalled C Jamie Burke
from Triple-A Charlotte. Burke takes the spot of right-hander Dan
Wright, who was optioned to Charlotte after Saturday night's game.
... The White Sox have homered in 13 straight games. ... The White
Sox are 9-1 in one-run games.