Blue Jays 3, White Sox 2


TORONTO – Shea Hillenbrand homered in the 11th inning and give the Toronto Blue Jays a 3-2 win over the Chicago White Sox.

With one out, Hillenbrand homered to left off Jeff Nelson (0-1). It was Hillenbrand’s seventh homer of the season.

Jason Frasor (2-1) pitched the 11th for the victory.

Toronto closer B.J. Ryan blew his first save of the season in the ninth after converting his first 11 chances.

Joe Crede led off the ninth with a double and advanced to third on Pablo Ozuna’s sacrifice bunt. Catcher Gregg Zaun bobbled the ball, allowing Ozuna to reach first on an error.

Juan Uribe followed with an infield single that tied the game 2-2.

Frank Catalanotto gave Toronto a 2-1 lead in the eighth with an RBI double off Brandon McCarthy. Aaron Hill led off the inning with a single before advancing to second on John McDonald’s sacrifice bunt. Alex Rios popped up for the second out, but Catalanotto hit a curveball into the corner in left.

The White Sox wasted a fine start from Jose Contreras, who got a no-decision despite allowing just one run and five hits in seven innings.

Since losing to Minnesota on Aug. 15, Contreras has made 16 starts, winning 13. The streak is the fourth-longest by a White Sox pitcher since 1970, and the longest since Wilson Alvarez put up 15 straight wins from Aug. 24, 1993-May 27, 1994.

Toronto rookie Casey Janssen also pitched well, allowing just one run and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings. He lowered his ERA to 3.25.

Scott Podsednik’s based loaded walk gave Chicago a 1-0 lead in the first, but Zaun’s RBI grounder tied it in the bottom half.

Paul Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski singled in the sixth before Crede chased Janssen with a single to load the bases.

Scott Downs relieved and struck out Rob Mackowiak.

Uribe followed with a grounder into the hole between short and third, but shortstop McDonald made a nice throw from the hole between second and third to get Uribe at first to end the inning.

McDonald also robbed Pierzynski of a hit with a diving catch on a liner in the eighth.

The Blue Jays sent down shortstop Russ Adams on Wednesday and are a looking for a replacement. McDonald is Toronto’s utility infielder, but he didn’t hurt his chances of playing short more often by making several nice plays.

Toronto manager John Gibbons, however, replaced McDonald defensively with Figueroa to start the ninth.

Notes: Rios has a career-high 13 game hit streak. … Chicago DH Jim Thome went 0-for-6 with three strikeouts. … The White Sox played eight straight games in stadiums that have roofs before playing in the open air in Toronto’s Rogers Center on Saturday. “It’s a beautiful park. There’s nothing better in baseball than when the sunshine is out. We come from Chicago. It’s kinda of cold. It’s a nice today,” Guillen said.

AP-ES-05-27-06 1951EDT