Viciedo Homers, White Sox Beat Blue Jays 4-3
TORONTO (AP) — Dayan Viciedo hit a three-run homer, Chris Sale pitched seven innings and the Chicago White Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 on Saturday.
Chicago won back-to-back games for the first time since winning two straight over San Francisco on June 17 and 18. It had dropped 11 of 14 before the consecutive victories.
Held in check through the first six innings by rookie right-hander Marcus Stroman, the White Sox took the lead with a two-out rally in the seventh inning. Jose Abreu doubled, Adam Dunn walked and right-hander Dustin McGowan came on to face Viciedo, who drilled a second-deck home run on the reliever’s first pitch.
McGowan (4-3) blew his second straight save opportunity.
Viciedo also connected in Friday’s 5-4 victory and has gone deep four times in his past 15 games against the Blue Jays. The White Sox are 7-1 this season when Viciedo homers.
Viciedo’s drive helped Chicago overcome a two-run homer by Toronto’s Darin Mastroianni in the fourth. Recalled from Triple-A Buffalo before the game, Mastroianni followed a two-out walk with a drive to center off Sale for his first hit of the season. The homer snapped a 0-for-14 slump.
The White Sox extended their lead with a run in the eighth. Singles by Adam Eaton and Gordon Beckham chased McGowan, who was replaced by Aaron Loup. Alexei Ramirez, who had started all 81 games this season but was not in Saturday’s lineup, made it 4-2 with a pinch-hit RBI single.
Coming off a no-decision in Baltimore in which he gave up a career-worst 11 hits, Sale (7-1) was more effective against the Blue Jays. The left-hander allowed two runs and four hits, walked a season-high five and struck out six.
Javy Guerra got one out in the eighth but left after walking Dioner Navarro. Eric Surkamp came on to face pinch-hitter Adam Lind, who struck out on three pitches.
Right-hander Zack Putnam was brought in to face pinch-hitter Juan Francisco, whose ground-ball single moved Navarro to third. Putnam got out of it when Colby Rasmus flied out.
The White Sox loaded the bases with nobody out against Casey Janssen in the ninth but couldn’t score. Tyler Flowers fouled out to shallow right and Leury Garcia grounded into a double play.
Pinch-hitter Anthony Gose doubled off Putnam to begin the ninth and scored on Munenori Kawasaki’s single. Putnam got Jose Reyes to ground into a fielder’s choice and retired Melky Cabrera on a fly ball, then wrapped up his first save by getting Edwin Encarnacion to ground into a fielder’s choice.
Stroman allowed two runs and two hits in 6 2-3 innings. He walked two and struck out six.
NOTES: Eaton, who left Thursday’s game in the first inning with leg cramps and sat out Friday, returned to Chicago’s lineup. … The Blue Jays optioned LHP Rob Rasmussen to Triple-A to make room for Mastroianni. … White Sox LHP Jose Quintana (4-7) faces Blue Jays LHP Mark Buehrle (10-4) in Sunday’s series finale.
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