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Tony Graffanino saw the reporters assembled around Paul Konerko and couldn't resist a friendly jab.
"Yeah, nice game-winning RBI," he said.
Konerko drove in the deciding run Wednesday night in a most unusual way.
With the bases loaded in the ninth inning, he took a pitch in the area near his groin.
"Hey, I told you I'd give
to help the team," Konerko shot back at Graffanino.
The Sox extended their season-high winning streak to six games after rallying for a bizarre 7-6 victory over the Blue Jays.
Toronto's Roy Halladay entered the game having won his last 14 decisions, one shy of Roger Clemens' team record set in 1998. Mark Buehrle was riding a career-high six-game winning streak.
What happened? Neither pitcher earned the victoryor the loss.
"Both teams deserved to win, but both teams deserved to lose," Konerko said.
Whatever the case, the Sox improved to a game above .500 for the first time since May 2.
"If that's what you seek, that's where you stay," manager Jerry Manuel said. "We're trying to head to something better. I don't think the .500 thing is as important as how many games back we are."
The Sox remained five games behind American League Central-leading Kansas City, which beat Minnesota 8-3.
Not that the Sox were about to complain.
"We've had some bad games here where we've blown leads and lost," Konerko said. "This is pretty good for us."
The Sox got to Halladay in the third after a series of infield hits and botched double plays.
The Sox's 3-0 lead lasted until the fourth, when Buehrle gave up four hits, all to right field. Jayson Werth's RBI groundout evened the score 3-3.
Carlos Lee put the Sox ahead in the fifth with his 17th home run.
The Blue Jays retaliated in the seventh. With two outs, a runner at second and Vernon Wells due up, pitching coach Don Cooper visited Buehrle.
"[Cooper] said: 'Go soft early,' and my curveball was working unbelievably," Buehrle said. "Maybe it was hanging. Or maybe he saw that I threw [first-pitch] curveballs to the [previous] three guys."
Wells rocked Buehrle's first-pitch breaking ball over the center-field wall to give his team a 5-4 lead.
Trailing 6-4 in the ninth, the Sox loaded the bases before Magglio Ordonez ripped a two-run double off Dan Reichert, who had been pitching at Triple-A Syracuse until July 10.
Reichert intentionally walked Carl Everett to load the bases and then misfired on his next pitch to Konerko.
"That's the last thing you expect," Konerko said. "It's a freaky thing, but I'll take it. Anytime you get an RBI, it doesn't hurt as much."
It marked only the second time this season the Sox had won after trailing entering the ninth.
That last victory, on July 12, was also fluky. The game-tying run scored with two outs in the ninth when Indians closer Danys Baez misfired to first on Roberto Alomar's high chop. Konerko won it in the 10th with a three-run homer.
Once again Konerko was in the right place at the right time. Depending on your perspective.