Error-Filled Sixth Buries Buehrle, Sox

(SN Report #505) - For the first time in a long time Mark Buehrle was back to his old self, rolling to a six-inning, two earned run outing. Unfortunately, the defense didn't improve, instead getting worse, committing five errors, leading to four unearned runs as the White Sox lost to the Blue Jays 11-5 on Monday.

The Sox and Buehrle were in cruise control heading into the bottom of the sixth, up 3-1. Then it all came down with a two error, including one mistake, five-run outburst by the Blue Jays.

After a leadoff single by Chris Woodward, Reed Johnson hit a grounder to shortstop Tony Graffanino, who dropped the ball on the transfer from glove to hand for an error. The next batter, Frank Catalanotto, then hit a liner under and past leftfielder Carlos Lee, who appeared to have lost the ball in the lights. Woodward scored on the play, cutting the Sox' lead to 3-2.

After a walk to Vernon Wells, loading the bases, Carlos Delgado singled up the middle to give Toronto the 4-3 lead. Another mistake followed when Joe Crede failed to tag third base on a forceout throw from Graffanino.

With the bases loaded again, after Josh Phelps struck out, Orlando Hudson grounded out to third, scoring Wells. Mike Bordick singled in the final run of the inning. Wilson tried to score from second on the play, but was thrown out by Lee for the final out.

The Blue Jays first run came in the first inning off a Wells RBI-sacrifice fly, scoring Johnson. D'Angelo Jimenez committed the first error of the game in the second with a throwing error to first on a double play attempt.

The Sox scored the next three runs with a Crede RBI-single in the second, Graffanino RBI-double in the third and Magglio Ordonez solo home run in the sixth. In the second, Lee hit one of his two doubles in the game and stole third base, but was cought off base and thrown out on a grounder by Paul Konerko. Lee went 2-2 with two walks.

Jimenez went 2-4 in the game with a single and two-run homer, which he hit in the seventh, cutting the deficit to 6-5. Buehrle was pulled after the sixth, being replaced by Rick White, who gave up a home run to Woodward. Kelly Wunsch recorded two outs before Gary Glover ended the inning.

The Blue Jays added four more runs in the eighth off of Glover (3) and Dave Sanders (1). Two more errors were made: Miguel Olivo throwing error on a stolen base attempt and Lee bobbling a double down the line, allowing Catalanotto to reach third. Toronto starter Mark Hendrickson gave up three runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Game two of the series will be Tuesday night at 6:05 p.m. CT on Fox Sports Net Chicago. Bartolo Colon, fresh off his five-game suspension, is scheduled to start against Roy Halladay.

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