Harold Baines had three singles and four RBI as the Chicago White Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 7-4, last night in Toronto and created a four-way tie in the AL East.

The victory enabled Chicago to take over first place in the AL West.

"I don't worry about game-winning RBIs," said Baines, whose 12 game-winners are second in the AL to Dave Winfield.

Richard Dotson and three relievers held Toronto to five hits. Dotson (10-6) allowed three hits in 6 2/3 innings, then Salome Barojas, Kevin Hickey and Dennis Lamp relieved; Lamp got his fourth save.

Toronto's Dave Stieb (11-9) worked seven innings and gave up four runs on nine hits. He's lost seven of his last 10 decisions.

"Stieb was pitching good," Manager Bobby Cox of the Blue Jays said. "The balls were just dropping in. He could have won easily tonight."

After a two-out single by Lloyd Moseby in the first inning and a walk to Willie Upshaw, Dotson retired 13 consecutive batters before walking Alfredo Griffin leading off the sixth.

Baines drove in the White Sox's first three runs with a single in the first and a single in the third.