Teahen triples home go-ahead run to beat Blue Jays

09:48, April 14, 2010      

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Mark Teahen spoiled Toronto's home opener. His Canadian relatives were just fine with that.

Teahen tripled home the go-ahead run in the 11th inning and the Chicago White Sox beat the Blue Jays 8-7 on Monday night, snapping Toronto's five-game winning streak.

"It's been a long week so it was nice to contribute," said Teahen, who was 1 for 14 coming in. "It was a really good team win tonight so it was just fun to be a part of that, finally."

Mark Kotsay led off the 11th with a pinch-hit single off Jeremy Accardo (0-1) and was replaced by pinch runner Omar Vizquel. Teahen followed with a triple to right center.

Teahen has dual Canadian-American citizenship because his father is from St. Mary's, Ontario. The town about 100 miles west of Toronto is home to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. Teahen had about 10 relatives at Monday's game.

"Earlier in my life I couldn't get up here as much as I liked because I played too much baseball," Teahen said. "It's nice that now baseball is affording me the opportunity to see that side of my family."

Teahen, who tied the game with a ninth-inning homer off Jason Frasor, finished 3 for 5 with three RBIs. He also singled home a run in the sixth.

"Teahen was huge," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "The base hit to left field late in the game and then the home run, a big game for him. Hopefully that's the beginning of a good start."

Teahen said he tried to stay loose at the plate because he'd felt too tense during the first week, and managed to keep his composure after falling behind 0-2 against Frasor.

"I'd taken two fastballs that were very hittable and then he threw a split, then went back to the fastball that last pitch," Teahen said. "I guess I set him up by not hitting the first two that he threw over the plate."

Matt Thornton (1-0) worked two scoreless innings and Bobby Jenks pitched around a pair of two-out walks, getting Adam Lind to strike out and earning his second save.

The White Sox snapped a 10-game losing streak in Toronto, winning here for the first time since June 1, 2007.

Source:China Daily


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