TORONTO (AP) — Pinch-runner Breyvic Valera scored the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch in the eighth inning, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Chicago White Sox 2-1 on Monday night.
Valera ran for Reese McGuire after the Blue Jays catcher singled off Craig Kimbrel (2-4) to begin the inning. Valera took second on a wild third strike to Bo Bichette, advanced to third on a groundout, and scored when Kimbrel uncorked another wild pitch, this time to Teoscar Hernández.READ MORE: Simeon Career Academy Student Shot And Killed Just Blocks From School
Tim Mayza (3-1) pitched a perfect eighth inning to earn the win, and Jordan Romano finished for his 12th save in 13 chances.
Toronto spoiled a strong outing by Chicago’s Lance Lynn and handed the White Sox their fourth loss in five games.
The Blue Jays, who came in having lost seven of nine, improved to 9-14 in one-run games.
White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson sat for the third straight game because of soreness in his legs. Anderson could return Tuesday, manager Tony LaRussa said.
Lynn allowed one run and four hits in seven innings, but didn’t figure in the decision for the fifth consecutive start. The right-hander has not won since a road victory at Milwaukee on July 25.
Lynn lowered his ERA to 2.20 and reached the innings threshold he needed to qualify as the AL leader in that category.
The White Sox opened the scoring with three straight singles off Blue Jays right-hander Alek Manoah in the sixth, including an RBI hit by outfielder Andrew Vaughn.
The Blue Jays answered in the bottom half. McGuire led off with a double, but was thrown out trying to advance to third on Bichette’s grounder to second baseman Cèsar Hernández. Bichette advanced on a ground ball and scored when Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a game-tying single to center on a 3-0 pitch from Lynn.READ MORE: Some Schools In Oswego Forced To Go Remote After Dozens Of Bus Drivers Call In Sick
Manoah allowed one run and five hits in six innings.
Blue Jays: OF George Springer (sprained left knee) ran on the field, hit in the cage, and took live batting practice against RHP Joakim Soria (right middle finger). … INF Cavan Biggio will have his left arm examined after he injured his left shoulder diving for a ball in a rehab game at Triple-A Buffalo on Friday. Biggio was placed on the injured list Aug. 3 because of tightness in his back.
White Sox: With Anderson out, Danny Mendick started at shortstop.
The Blue Jays recalled OF Josh Palacio from Triple-A Buffalo and optioned LHP Kirby Snead to Triple-A. … Toronto released minor league RHP Elvis Luciano. Luciano became the first MLB player born in the 2000s when he pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings against Detroit on March 31, 2019.
Blue Jays RHP José Berríos (8-6, 3.52) faces White Sox RHP Dylan Cease (9-6, 4.06) on Tuesday night. Berrios is 0-1 with a 5.28 ERA in his last three starts. He went 0-2 in three 2021 starts against the White Sox while with Minnesota.MORE NEWS: 'Pure Magic' McHenry Mom Out Of COVID Coma, Meets Her Newborn Son
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