Garland Impressive, Offense Explosive

(SN Report #507) - Perhaps Wednesday night was the offical welcome back outing for Jon Garland. The right-hander was effective for his third straight start, going eight shutout innings, walking none and striking out six in the 8-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

The 8-0 lead didn't come until after Garland left as the White Sox, up 2-0, tacked on a rare six runs in the ninth inning. Garland has given up just three runs in his last three starts, spanning 20 innings.

Garland and opposing starter Kelvim Escobar held the game scoreless up until the top of the fifth inning, when the Sox scored two runs off singles by D'Angelo Jimenez and Frank Thomas.

Joe Crede singled to start the inning; advancing to second, and then third, on back-to-back groundouts by Joe Borchard and Miguel Olivo before scoring. Carlos Lee then walked, moving Jimenez to second and setting up Thomas' RBI-single. Pete Walker relieved Escobar after the hit and ended the inning by getting Magglio Ordonez to fly out.

After a two-hit second inning, the Blue Jays were held to just two hits the rest of the way. Garland faced the minimum (15 batters) from the third through seventh inning. Billy Koch relieved Garland after 95 pitches, throwing a scoreless ninth inning.

Toronto relievers Walker and Tanyon Sturtze kept the Sox off the board through the eighth inning, but Jeff Tam and Josh Towers didn't in the ninth.

After a Crede single, Borchard strikeout and Olivo double, Jimenez hit one of his three singles up the middle, scoring Crede. Jimenez had two RBIs. Lee then doubled in two runs to go up 5-0, and following an intentional walk to Brian Daubach, Ordonez hit his ninth homer of the season, a three-run shot, putting the Sox up 8-0.

Ordonez now has 33 RBIs, putting him second on the team behind Lee (34). Daubach was in the game replacing Armando Rios, who pinch-ran for Thomas in the eighth. Thomas played first base for the first time this season in preparation for inter-league play, which will start next Tuesday, June 3 against the Diamondbacks.

For now, however, the Sox will try to split the four-game series at two apiece with a win on Thursday. Gametime is at 6:05 p.m. CT and will be televised on WCIU. The 7-2 Esteban Loaiza is set to go head-to-head with his former team and the 8-2 Cory Lidle.

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