White Sox 4, Blue Jays 3

Paul Konerko’s base running as well as his power helped give the

White Sox a much-needed win.

Dayan Viciedo doubled home the go-ahead run in the ninth inning,

Konerko later scored on a sacrifice fly and Chicago rallied to beat

the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 on Tuesday.

”It was a gritty win,” Konerko said. ”It was a good win

because we’ve played a lot of games that looked like that in this

ballpark and they always seem to be losses.”

Chicago came in having lost 19 of their past 22 games in

Toronto, but Konerko made sure they didn’t lose on Tuesday. The

veteran DH hit a game-tying homer and scored three runs as the

White Sox won for just the second time in eight games.

The White Sox were swept in a three-game series in Washington

last week and dropped two of three at Cleveland over the weekend

before losing Monday’s opener in Toronto.

”This has been a road trip from hell for us,” slugger Adam

Dunn said. ”We haven’t been able to score any runs.”

They scratched out just enough to win this one. Facing reliever

Steve Delabar, Dunn walked to begin the ninth and was replaced by

pinch runner Dewayne Wise.

Konerko followed with a walk and Conor Gillaspie struck out

before Viciedo drove in Wise with a double over the head of center

fielder Emilio Bonifacio.

”Those are the kind of things that help your offense as far as

giving you a good feeling,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura

said.

Alexei Ramirez was intentionally walked and Darren Oliver came

on to face Hector Gimenez, who drove in Konerko with a sacrifice

fly to right. Konerko slid home safely when the throw from Davis

missed wide.

”It’s not always easy to score Paulie from third,” Ventura

said with a wry smile.

No one knows that better than Konerko.

”I’m never really confident when it comes to me trying to

outrun a ball,” he said. ”I ran as fast as I could. Obviously the

throw was off line a little bit. Even then it was still

close.”

Dunn called it a ”hold your breath” play.

Matt Lindstrom (1-0) got one out for the win and Addison Reed

finished for his fifth save in as many opportunities.

Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind hit consecutive singles off Reed

to begin the ninth, just the second and third hits he’s allowed

this season. Brett Lawrie followed with a sacrifice fly, but Reed

got Rajai Davis and Maicer Izturis to fly out.

Colby Rasmus and J.P. Arencibia hit solo home runs for the Blue

Jays, who couldn’t hold on after taking a 2-1 lead in the

sixth.

Delabar (1-1) allowed two runs and one hit in 1 1-3 innings.

The White Sox opened the scoring in the second, loading the

bases with two singles and a walk before Konerko scored from third

on a wild pitch by Blue Jays right-hander Josh Johnson.

Rasmus tied it in the bottom half with a two-out blast to

center, his fourth.

Arencibia put the Blue Jays in front with a two-out homer in the

sixth, his fifth of the season and second in two days.

Johnson had retired 10 straight White Sox batters, but his

streak ended quickly in the seventh as he fell behind 3-0 on

Konerko before allowing a game-tying homer to left. For Konerko,

the drive was his third.

”His stuff was really good tonight,” Konerko said of Johnson.

”I got lucky to get a couple of fastballs that didn’t have a lot

of movement.”

Neither starter figured in the decision. Chicago’s Dylan Axelrod

allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings, walked one and

struck out four. Johnson allowed two runs and four hits in a

season-high seven innings. He walked two and struck out eight, also

a season high.

”He was terrific,” manager John Gibbons said of Johnson. ”I

thought maybe early he was overthrowing a little bit but he settled

in and did a great job. He kept us in the game. We’re still waiting

for the offense to break out.”

Lawrie made his first start of the season after being activated

off the 15-day disabled list Monday. Lawrie had been sidelined

since early March with a strained left ribcage muscle suffered at

the World Baseball Classic.

Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista was held out of the starting

lineup for the second straight game suffering from a sore back and

flu-like symptoms.

”He wasn’t ready to pinch hit,” Gibbons said. ”Hopefully

he’ll be ready (Wednesday).”

NOTES: Following the game, the White Sox optioned RHP Deunte

Heath to Triple-A Charlotte. A corresponding roster move will be

made before Wednesday’s game. … Blue Jays LHP Ricky Romero threw

a simulated game at extended spring training Tuesday, but is still

not scheduled to appear in a minor league game. Toronto’s opening

day starter in 2012, Romero was optioned to Class A Dunedin near

the end of spring training. … Chicago pitching coach Don Cooper,

who has been away while recovering from an illness, is set to

rejoin the team Friday when the White Sox return to host the

Minnesota Twins.