Konerko homers in fifth straight game

Konerko homers in fifth straight game

Konerko homers in fifth straight game
CHICAGO -- Paul Konerko became the sixth player in White Sox history to homer in five straight games when he went deep off Matt Garza to lead off the second inning of Tuesday's Interleague contest with the Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field.

"I had good stuff tonight, I'm not going to lie," Garza said. "I know I had good stuff. I was challenging guys. The changeup to Konerko, I left it up. In the past, I usually just pitch fastballs in and wait until he beats me. He got that changeup, and you just tip your cap."

Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano also said he had to "tip his cap" to Konerko after the slugger homered off of him in the first inning of Monday night's game.

Konerko has now homered in 10 of his 16 games this month and those 10 home runs are the most of any player in the month of June. He's also driven in at least one run in 17 of his last 20 games, during which he is hitting .446 (33-for-74).

"Sometimes it just lines up where you feel good, you get good pitches, the weather is good for it and fields are good for it," Konerko said. "And you're happy to have those streaks, but home runs, RBIs, doubles, all that power stuff comes in bunches anyways, so I don't really read too much into it."

Konerko has 21 home runs (tied for first in the Major Leagues), marking the earliest point in a single season the first baseman has reached 20, and stands at 386 for his career.

This streak began on Friday when Konerko homered off of Daniel Hudson in Arizona in the seventh inning. He also went deep against the D-backs' Zach Duke in the sixth inning on Saturday and against Arizona's Josh Collmenter in the seventh inning on Sunday.

Four of Konerko's five homers have been of the solo variety.

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