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08-22-2005, 08:43 AM

Aug 22, 7:27 AM EDT

Big Unit allows four homers in one inning

Randy Johnson could not believe he allowed a home run to Chris Widger on a pitch he threw where he wanted. Maybe Johnson shouldn't have been so surprised. After all, three other Chicago players had already homered off him - in that inning.

Johnson allowed home runs to three consecutive batters for the first time in his major league career and four in all during the fourth inning, and the Chicago White Sox beat the New York Yankees 6-2 Sunday to stop a seven-game losing streak.

The White Sox had scored only two runs in their previous three games. They tripled that total on only 16 pitches in the fourth against Johnson (11-8).

Tadahito Iguchi, Aaron Rowand and Paul Konerko hit solo homers with one out. After singles by Jermaine Dye and Juan Uribe, Widger hit a three-run shot on a high 1-2 pitch that Johnson wanted him to chase.

"How do you explain something like that?" Johnson said. "It's the one thing that I'll walk away from this game not really understanding."

Just as puzzling is how the Big Unit has gone from being one of baseball's most dominant pitchers to the easiest one to homer off of in the American League.

Johnson has allowed 29 homers, most in the AL and second in the majors behind Cincinnati's Eric Milton (35). The most Johnson has allowed in a season was 30 with Arizona in 1999.

Johnson retired nine in a row before Chicago's homer outburst. Konerko's drive came in his return to the lineup after he missed the first two games of the series with a strained lower back.

"I knew we'd eventually bust out," Konerko said. "You just never know when it's going to happen. We were taking good swings before that, there was good energy on the bench. We just stayed aggressive and kept swinging."

Johnson also has had back problems, and was forced to miss a start earlier this month. He allowed 10 hits Sunday, but struck out eight and walked none in a complete game, and both he and manager Joe Torre were pleased with the results - except for the fourth inning.

"I felt very comfortable watching Randy pitch," Torre said. "The first three innings it looked like he was having an easy time locating the ball. But that inning, it seemed like the more pitches he tried to make, the less success he had trying to locate them."

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